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Bikers are welcoming the proposal to build a 400-metre riverwalk in Indooroopilly, but not everyone is satisfied.
Brisbane City Council is planning to construct a river path along the Brisbane River much like the 900-metre-long New Farm Riverwalk. The bikeway and pedestrian path is intended to bypass the narrow, steep and considerably hostile path from Radnor Street to Witton Road.
The river path will run from Foxton Street to Twigg Street. It would be the first part of the bikeway project to connect the Western Freeway to the University of Queensland.
The council did not reveal the total cost of the river path project but it will be spending $700,000 for initial works such as topographical, geotechnical and flora survey.
Not Long Enough?
While many bikers welcome the proposal for the river path, some cycling advocates are urging the council to extend the scope of the first stage of the project. Brisbane West Bicycle User Group Co-Convener Chris Cox appreciates the move to build a riverwalk alongside Radnor Str but feels that the plan left a major biker issue unaddressed.
Cox is one with cycling advocacy group, Space for Cycling Brisbane, which thinks that the foremost issue that should have been addressed is the area where Radnor Street turns to Riverview Terrace. Getting from this corner to Lambert Road is a much more difficult ride for bikers, including experienced riders. Cox stressed that this part is the steepest and the worst part of the route heading to Lambert Road.
Cycling advocates believe that the Radnor Street to Lambert Road should have been tackled first. Space for Cycling Brisbane is calling for a connection under the Walter Taylor Bridge and Albert Bridge leading to Radnor St. Cox thinks that the riverwalk should be extended up to Witton Barracks to provide the best cost-benefit ratio for the project.
The Indooroopilly bikeway is deemed as the signature project of the council’s $100-million active transport allocation. The council is targeting to increase the number of people walking or biking to work to one out of five commuters by 2026.
The riverwalk project will commence in 2019.
To learn more about the Indooroopilly Bikeway project or to provide comments, contact the council or the project team.
- Call Project Team at 1800 669 416
- Contact Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to:
City Projects Office
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001