The final stage of the CityLink Cycleway is now open, completing the connection between the CBD and South Bank.
Public and Active Transport Chair Ryan Murphy said travelling through the city on a bike or scooter was now safer and more convenient than ever, with the dedicated lanes also reducing the need for cars in the city centre.
“The connections the CityLink Cycleway provides will improve accessibility to places of work and facilities such as shopping precincts and parks in Brisbane’s city centre, which will create a flow-on effect for businesses and workplaces too,” Cr Murphy said.
“This project supported 31 jobs and will also tie into a multitude of other projects, elevating our city as a place that encourages and supports active travel.
“We have delivered a safe and separated route across Elizabeth, Edward an William streets, with connections to South Brisbane via the Victoria Bridge.
“This is a 12-month trial, so we encourage everyone to us this new infrastructure and let us know their thoughts.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said dedicated CBD bikeways were an important step to encouraging more people to ride to work or shop in the CBD.
“We know more people choose to ride when you give them safer options to travel that last mile or kilometre in the CBD,” Mr Bailey said.
“Brisbane is blessed with excellent weather for riding, and now its CBD has safe on road infrastructure to make it a more bike-friendly city.
“This jointly funded state government/city council project has been a collaboration including with bicycle groups to boost active travel in the capital.
“New bikeways are being built across Brisbane as part of major roads upgrades like the Ipswich Motorway and Eastern Transitway which will join recently opened bikeways like the Veloway and Gateway Arterial North bikeway.
“Through the Active Transport Advisory Committee, the state government and city council now regularly meet with cycling and walking groups from across the city and work together on initiatives that can improve safety and encourage more people to ride bikes and walk.
“We’ve seen more people than ever before take up bike riding and walking, and it’s absolutely important that we continue to encourage this momentum.”
The CityLink Cycleway is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government.
The project is jointly funded through Council’s Active Transport Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) and the Queensland Government Works for Queensland grants program.
To have your say on the CityLink Cycleway trial, visit www.yoursay.brisbane.qld.gov.au/citylink-cycleway-trial