Multi-million dollar project set to improve cycling

October 29, 2016 by  

A boost to cyclist safety is coming to Woolloongabba, Queensland following an announcement that local bike lanes are to be upgraded.

Estimated to cost $11 million, the Woolloongabba Bikeway project will provide much needed safety upgrades to permanent bike lanes and protected bike lanes as well as areas described as accident black spots, according to Deputy Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner.

He said the ultimate aim is to boost cyclist safety within a busy corridor that attracts 2,000 riders each day. Serious cyclist accidents in the area have now reached 30 in just the last six years, he added.

Cr Schrinner said results of a year-long trial would see the establishment of dedicated bike lanes during peak-hour along Annerley Road as well as the installation of new permanent bicycle lanes with prominent signs. The bike lanes will extend the full length of the well-trafficked arterial road.

A two-way protected bikeway will also be included for cyclists heading into Stanley Street with the full 1.4km stretch also to host permanent bike lanes.

He said vehicles would no longer be able to access Annerley Road at the crash hotspot intersections of Crown and Clarence Streets.

Cr Schrinner said a new separated bikeway between Ipswich Road and Vulture Street is also to be installed in the busy corridor of Stanley Street.

Council is currently seeking tenders to carry out the work and, according to Cr Schrinner, construction is set down to begin in early 2017.