Push for Brisbane CBD Bike Paths to Protect City Cyclists

Unfortunately, unprotected bike routes and footpath cycling are the only options available to many Brisbane CBD workers – neither of which are attractive options to some cyclists during peak hour traffic.

Bicycle groups have identified the last 500 meters from established bikeways to work locations as the greatest problem areas and are campaigning for a safer alternative options.

Brisbane Central Business District Bicycle Users Group and Space For Cycling Brisbane have submitted a concept plan which they say will provide a protected bicycle lane within less than two blocks from every business within the CBD.

The type of lanes they propose to  install are separated from car traffic by small plastic or cement barriers separating cyclists and cars, similar to the lanes that already exist on George Street.

The proposed grid includes lanes on the north-west side of Ann Street, the north-east side of Edward Street, the south-east side of Margaret Street and the north-east side of George Street linking it to the existing lane.The proposal also includes a lane on Herschel Street to link the grid to the riverside bikeway.

Queensland’s peak body for cycling, Bicycle Queensland, support the concept.

If installed, the bike lanes would bring Brisbane into line with other world cities including New York, London, Paris, and Sydney. In New York, the Department of Transport found that in the streets that had been installed with protected bike lanes, there was a 26% decrease in injuries.

Transport for NSW recently analysed the effectiveness of the bike lanes installed in central Sydney, and found that since the protected lanes were installed, the number of reported injuries had been halved on the sections of road where separated cycle ways existed, even though the number of cyclists using them has doubled.

Written by Emily Billiau and Claire McHardy

5 comments
Joel says December 30, 2016

This is a great idea!

Iain Mitchelhill says January 17, 2017

Great Idea in the long run however we need more bikes on the roads to justify the expense of these special lanes and we need to make it safer so people are prepared to get onto the road.

The first approach needs to be education! In areas of Melbourne car actively give you room and share. This makes you feel good and safe. If Areas of Brisbane were set up better to share with bike and driver (and cyclist) education improved we could learn to share the road.

The second is safe corridors for cyclists. In Brisbane Bike Lanes just stop! You are tooting along feeling good and all of a sudden the lane end and you now entering a major intersection. No warning, not alternative routes, just gang lane ends and into the death valley!!! All bike lanes need to end a safe clear location not entering a major intersection or a bridge and you are already on the wrong side of the pedestrian crossing with no way to get back as it is against the traffic.

The third is Safe major routes. Cyclist start somewhere and go somewhere. Brisbane bike routes end and start up with no logic that I can see. There needs to be corridors from the Gold Coast to Noose and along most rivers and these need to have safe connections and parking areas where people can start and end their cycle. These parking areas will become where people leave there cars to commute. If the route are clearly marked and connected then in time they will become safer and more used. If big money is spent on fancy paths and these council hire bike that there is a lot of wastage. If we think network like the roads and trains then the number of users will quickly increase and then more money will be available to put in great path like above.

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    Berny Thygesen says February 6, 2017

    Hi Ian, your comment is interesting, but it was cut off at “The third “. Can you re-post?

Neil says February 7, 2017

^^^ More bikes is key, here’s how the most livable cities do it…
Volume of riders brought paths for Dutch not the other way round…
Getting on a bike can be like walking with wheels, or unlike the Dutch, will we let the Kindermoord continue here?
https://wheeledpedestrian.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/the-pathway-to-cycling-utopia-starts-here/

Scott says February 22, 2017

Has this proposal not been rejected by bcc?

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