Kangaroo Point Bikeway Planning Study: Charting a Path to Better Connectivity

Updates from Council are due to be released anytime soon, on key themes from community inputs and next steps for the Kangaroo Point Bikeway, from Captain Cook Bridge to Thornton Street. The project focuses on enhancing connectivity, safety, and accessibility within the Brisbane Bicycle Network.

The project encompasses the stretch located at the corner of Lower River Terrace (opposite the Veloway 1 bikeway), traversing through Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, and extending along the boardwalk and river’s edge pathways to Thornton Street.  It examines various technical aspects, including anticipated benefits, site constraints, impacts, costs, risks, and opportunities for improvement.

This study represents a collaborative effort between Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government, supported by the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.

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The Kangaroo Point Bikeway is a crucial inner-city active travel artery, holding a prominent place within Brisbane’s Bicycle Network. It facilitates connections between Kangaroo Point, the Central Business District (CBD), South Bank, and other key destinations. 

This route is highly favoured by both commuters and recreational travellers, serving people of all ages and abilities. It links major residential areas to essential hubs such as public transport nodes, universities, schools, shopping precincts, commercial centres, and recreational facilities. The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, currently under construction, will further enhance this connectivity.

Following the consultation period that culminated in October 2023, Brisbane City Council has yet to provide an update outlining the next steps for this project.

It is important to note that construction funding has yet to be confirmed for future phases of this project.

For additional information on this project, contact the project team at 1800 669 416 during business hours or Brisbane City Council’s Contact Centre at 3403 8888, available 24 hours a day.

Published 3-Jan-2024

Kangaroo Point Bikeway Now Has Bicycle Awareness Monitors

Bicycle Awareness Monitors have been installed at the Kangaroo Point Bikeway to remind cyclists and e-mobility riders to slow down. 

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These new signs will alert approaching riders of their speed and indicate if their speed is below or above 15 km/h.

The Bicycle Awareness Monitors work just like the city’s Speed Awareness Monitors, which flashes a sign when drivers are over or under speeding. 

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A thank you message flashes when vehicles are travelling at or below the speed limit, whilst a ‘slow down’ reminder will be displayed if a driver is overspeeding.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said they have turned on two signs designed to measure the speed of passing bicycles, as well as e-scooters and e-skateboards, along the bikeway.

Cr Schrinner said the two signs could be found near the Kangaroo Point Cliff stairs and near the Riverlife Adventure Centre along the shared Kangaroo Point Cliffs path.

The Kangaroo Point Bikeway is being used by about 3,000 people cycling, walking, or riding a day.

Photo credit: Cr Vicki Howard

“Brisbane is an incredible city to walk and ride around, but it’s important everyone uses our shared paths considerately and safely and travelling at the correct speed is an important part of this,” Cr Schrinner said.

Cr Schrinner encourages everyone to keep an eye out for the new signs and know that if they are travelling at a safe speed they will be rewarded with a smile and a thank you message.

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The signs operate entirely via solar power,which means they are not only better for the environment but also helps reduce ongoing costs. 

If proven successful in delivering positive change in drivers’ behaviour during the trial, Brisbane City Council will explore options to install them on other pathways across the city. The trial is expected to end by February 2023.

Stage 1 of Kangaroo Point Bikeway Upgrade Project Nears Completion

Finalisation works on Stage 1 of Kangaroo Point Bikeway upgrade from Goodwill Bridge to Veloway 1 are nearing completion, according to a progress update from the Brisbane City Council.

The Kangaroo Point Bikeway upgrade Stage 1 project is part of the Council’s congestion-busting Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program, delivered in stages 1A, 1B, and 1C, and is expected to be completed this mid-2019.

Construction of Stage 1A started in June 2018 which involved upgrade works done along Lower River Terrace from Veloway 1 connection at the Pacific Motorway underpass to the Dock Street and Little DOck Street intersection.

Improvements and features of Stage 1A include a new four-metre-wide bi-directional bikeway extending 320 metres along Lower River Terrace and Dock Street; pedestrian paths and access enhancements; tree planting and landscaping; and an improved bicycle crossing at the Lower River Terrace and the V1 intersection.

Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council / brisbane.qld.gov.au

Upgrade works from the intersection of Little Dock Street and Dock Street to Goodwill Bridge is continued on in Stage 1B, which began in early 2019. 

Features and improvements of Stage 1B include the installation of a “shared street”, a paved roadway surface at the shared zone, and a raised zebra crossing points, as well as the construction of an improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities beside the Griffith University Film School and the removal of the cycle ramp and redirection of cyclists to the new dedicated bikeway. 

Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council / brisbane.qld.gov.au

Stage 1C involves the upgrading of Dock Street and Vulture Street intersection where the Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point Bikeways will meet. Aside from footpath upgrades and landscaping, other improvements include increasing the size of the concrete traffic island on Dock Street and building out the kerb on the western side of Dock Street.

Funding for the upgrade project between the Council and the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program of the Queensland Government, with the state government contributing half of the funding.