05 Feb 2020

Cycle bridge proposed to curve over Brisbane River now open to feedback

Plans have been unveiled for a cyclist bridge to curve over the river at the edge of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

The state government has opened public consultation for the bridge, which would connect the Kangaroo Point Bikeway to the existing Veloway 1 at Captain Cook Bridge.

When asked how much the bridge was expected to cost, a spokesman for Transport Minister Mark Bailey said it was too early to put a price tag on the project, with costings to be determined after consultation wrapped up.

"A business case is being developed for the proposed veloway, with engineering consulting firm SMEC awarded the contract to confirm the project’s feasibility and cost of the preferred option," a government spokesman said.

South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad said the proposed bridge would improve cyclist safety.

"Every day, 1500 cyclists fly down this steep, narrow path to get to the city," she said.

"The bikeway shoots straight into a busy road - putting riders, pedestrians and drivers in danger.

"That's why we're building a brand new velobridge, to ensure cyclists and pedestrians can get to work safely."

The Veloway 1 will be a 17-kilometre cycleway that runs next to the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Lower River Terrace at South Brisbane.

Stages A, B, C and D are complete and open for use.

Construction on the $45 million stage E began in September 2018 and will include three dedicated bicycle bridges over Marshall Road, Sterculia Avenue and Bapaume Road near Gaza Road.

Construction on the final stage was expected to wrap up by mid-2020, about the same time a  business case for the new bridge at South Brisbane will be put forward.

Bicycle Queensland said the bridge was a "win-win" for cyclists and pedestrians.

“If we flatten out this first section of the V1, it will make this trip by bicycle more attractive to riders of all ages and abilities,” spokesman Andrew Demack said.

“If more people can use this vital bikeway, it will reduce congestion in other parts of South
Brisbane’s transport network."

Public consultation on the cycle bridge will be open until March 2 and residents can have their say here. 

SOURCE :  https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/cycle-bridge-proposed-to-curve-over-brisbane-river-now-open-to-feedback-20200203-p53x6p.html

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