Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government has started construction on stages two and three of Brisbane’s dedicated northern bikeway.
More than 40 jobs will be supported through the $13.18 million project, which will deliver a 1.7km separated bike path from Somerset Street in Albion to Rigby Street in Wooloowin.
After announcing that tenders were being sought to construct stage four of the bikeway earlier this year, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey joined local bicycle users to inspect the start of works on stages two and three.
“More than 800,000 Queenslanders ride their bike each week. That’s why we’re investing more than $240 million over the next four years to deliver much-needed projects like the North Brisbane Bikeway alongside our 10-year state-wide cycling action plan,” Mr Bailey said.
“We’ve seen just how popular stage one of the bikeway has been for bike riders and locals, with a dedicated, safe link between the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to the north of Bowen Hills.
“Stages two and three will deliver those same benefits all the way through to Wooloowin, and hopefully will encourage more people to give bike riding a try.”
A feature of the project is the inclusion of six priority crossings at a number of intersections along the bikeway on Bowen Street, Grafton Street, Albion Road, Bridge Street, Merehaye Street and Rigby Street.
These crossings will operate like traditional zebra crossings and give both bike riders and pedestrians priority over vehicles when crossing these streets.
Works will also include upgraded street lighting, drainage upgrades and new landscaping.
Construction is expected to be complete early 2020.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the start of construction was a win for the whole community.
“Cities that invest in healthy travel enjoy the benefits, with five dollars gained for every dollar spent,” she said.
“Bikeway growth is essential to our economic prosperity and will position Queensland to achieve the vision of a healthy, safe, and sustainable travel future, reducing congestion and promoting healthy urban development.
“We commend the State Government its investment in the North Brisbane Bikeway, which will provide a missing link in the bikeway network to help shorten travel times, improve safety, and get cyclists home sooner to their families.”
Brisbane North Bicycle Users Group Co-Convenor Andrew Methorst said the group welcomed the long-awaited start of construction of the next stage of the North Brisbane Bikeway.
“This is an essential missing link in connecting the northern suburbs to the city. This important infrastructure will make people feel safer and choose to be active and ride to the city,” Mr Methorst said.
For full details on the project visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/