Queensland’s Bicentennial Bikeway Australia’s best
Brisbane’s Bicentennial Bikeway will today record one million bicycle trips for this year, making it the most popular cycling route in Australia and one of the highest-use bikeways in the world.
Bicycle trip counts are monitored by a state-of-the-art electronic bike counter and funded by Brisbane City Council.
The local bikeway ranks among the World’s Top 10 of more 211 counters ranked across 53 countries — averaging more than 4000 trips per day in peak periods.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the milestone highlighted the great success of the Bicentennial Bikeway and emphasised the value of quality bicycle infrastructure.
“This is a victory the whole community can celebrate – bikeways build better communities and get people to their destinations directly, quickly, and without delay,” she said.
“Achieving the target of one million trips and maintaining a ranking among the Top 10 most cycle-friendly cities in the world is a major accomplishment and demonstrates the value of Council and State Government investments in healthy travel.
“Brisbane is the only Australian city to feature in the Top 10 on a list of 211 counters worldwide, showcasing the viability and value of bikeways in transporting significant numbers of commuters and recreational riders.
“About 5,000 people ride along the Bicentennial every day – with that number set to continue growing as our population booms.”
Only two non-European cities feature among the world’s Top 10 – Brisbane and Calgary in Canada.
“The Bicentennial Bikeway, and other investments in healthy travel, are key to realising the vision to be a truly New World City, where people are at the heart of planning, and the future liveability of our great cities and towns is guaranteed.
“Cities that invest in healthy travel enjoy the benefits, with five dollars gained for every dollar spent.
“Bikeway growth is essential to our economic prosperity and will position Queensland to achieve the vision of a healthy, safe and sustainable travel future, reducing congestion and promoting healthy urban development.
“Ongoing investment in infrastructure like the Bicentennial Bikeway has vastly improved Brisbane’s liveability over the past decade, delivering value for money and a nicer city in which to live, work and ride.”
Melbourne ranks 29th on the list, with no other Australian cities featured.
“We look forward to working with all levels of government to position Queensland as a world leader moving forward to a bold new travel future,” Ms Savage said.
“Being able to track real-time data on the number of people commuting by bike and the routes they are using can help us in our efforts to develop cycling infrastructure and facilities to encourage more people to ride more often.
“I offer my congratulations to Queensland’s cycling community for helping us to reach this milestone in record time, and to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner for their leadership vision in funding this initiative to help drive us forward towards a healthy, fast, and friendly travel future.”