Bicycle Queensland welcomes bold new Transport Plan for Brisbane
Congestion-busting green bridges are a key focus of the final Transport Plan for Brisbane, being released today.
Bicycle Queensland has commended the plan, which will build a bold new world of public and active transport networks across Brisbane.
Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, said walking and cycling were key to cutting congestion and improving travel times in South East Queensland.
“Brisbane’s new Transport Plan is bold, brave, and brilliant in its vision,” she said.
“Importantly, it recognises the need to harness public and active transport to shift towards a healthy travel future that connects us quickly, conveniently, and for a price we can all afford.
“This is the first step away from a road network heavily congested with single-occupant vehicles to make mobility great again.”
Council received more than 3000 submissions during consultation for the plan, including representation by Bicycle Queensland on a high-level External Reference Group assembled by the Lord Mayor to help guide the plan’s development.
“Implementation of this Plan, beginning immediately, will help to kick-start a healthy and sustainable travel future, where all Queenslanders can go from A to B safely, seamlessly, and without having to worry about traffic bottlenecks and peak-hour chaos,” Ms Savage said.
“It prices in the tremendous benefits of getting thousands more people cycling, with every $1 spent on bikeways returning $5 in value to the community.
“This plan also identifies opportunities for much greater collaboration across the public, private, and community sectors, to deliver stronger solutions for people who are fed up with the increasing costs of petrol and car parking.
“We look forward to working together with Council to fast-track implementation of key bikeway opportunities, including consultation with the community on a new green bridge network.”
The Transport Plan identifies 14 priorities, factoring in car-free days and investment in greater bikeway connectivity across the city, to leverage uptake of electric bikes and harness new technologies to get more people riding and walking.
“As Queensland continues to grow, our transport network needs to develop beyond an old road network, to drive us towards a healthy and safe travel future,” Ms Savage said.
“For too long we have endured a vicious cycle of traffic chaos, this Transport Plan will finally get us into gear.”
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