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.

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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. 

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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.

Transport Plan for Brisbane Released

Brisbane City Council has released the “Transport Plan for Brisbane — Strategic Directions,” Brisbane’s guide to how its transport network will transform over the next 25 years. Transport projects already lined-up or underway include the Woolloongabba Bikeway, Kangaroo Point Bikeway, Cross River Rail, and Brisbane Metro.

The transport plan aims to address the challenges and opportunities, as well as outlines the specific directions the Council will take in order to meet the current and future needs of Brisbane residents and visitors. It also highlights the importance of partnership with the private sector and other levels of government to ensure success in delivering and managing future transport solutions. The Transport Plan for Brisbane – Strategic Directions identifies 15 desired outcomes and spread across these outcomes are 80 transport directions.

The transport directions framework are guided by the following community desired outcomes:

  • A clean, green, sustainable city
  • Community health and wellbeing
  • Meeting people’s needs
  • Better journey experience
  • Sustained growth of business and industry
  • Convenient commuting
  • Safe and efficient freight movement
  • Supporting the tourism and visitor economy
  • Innovative transport systems
  • Technology-enabled solutions
  • Robust organisations and partnerships
  • Integrated land use and transport
  • Well planned, designed and managed networks
  • Travel demand management and behaviour change
  • Safe transport networks.
Woolloongabba Bikeway project

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Key aspects of the Transport Directions include encouraging the use of sustainable transport options like walking, cycling, and public transport through high-quality public and active travel infrastructures. The plan also considers the uptake of electric vehicles and technology to improve efficiency and reduce emissions and noise.

To provide a more efficient way of transporting goods to, from, and within the city, the Transport Plan will include proposals to maximise the use of rail network for container and bulk material transport to and from the Port. The freight transport network plan will also take advantage of emerging technologies such as automation and drones.

Bicycle Queensland lauded the Council’s transport plan stating that its vision was “bold, brave, brilliant.” In particular, the community cycling organisation noted how the plan recognized the need to tap public and active transport towards shifting to a healthier and sustainable means to travel that is quicker, safer, and more affordable.

Property Council of Australia also provided feedback during previous consultation on the Transport Plan. They pointed out that with employment in Brisbane predicted to move towards knowledge and health related jobs, there is a need to understand where, how, and what infrastructure will be required and implemented to facilitate this growth and address its needs.