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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Safety boost for walkers and cyclists in Brisbane's western suburbs

    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006

    Safety boost for walkers and cyclists in Brisbane's western suburbs

    The State Government has announced a $4 million investment to encourage healthy travel options and boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians at the Toowong end of the Western Freeway.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas today announced plans to build a safe north-south crossing for cyclists and pedestrians in Brisbane’s west.

    “Cycling and walking is growing in popularity. More and more people are getting around on their bikes and on foot. This crossing will make it safer and easier for people to access facilities in adjoining areas,” he said.

    Mr Lucas said the safe crossing will be built near the roundabout at the Toowong end of the freeway following strong demand from the cyclists and pedestrians who access the area.

    “The Western Freeway Bikeway is a major feeder to the state's most popular cycleway, the Coronation Drive Bikeway and will also enable cyclists to access the MountCoot-tha cycle circuit.

    “Currently the combination of a roundabout, and very high traffic flows in the area, present challenges to cyclists and pedestrians wanting to cross the freeway,” Mr Lucas said.

    Member for MountCoot-tha, Andrew Fraser, who lobbied hard for the project , said the funding announcement was a victory for the local community.

    “This has been an issue for a generation and today’s announcement is sensational news for the local community and indeed for cyclists from afar.

    “The Toowong Roundabout has acted like a giant roadblock for pedestrians and cyclists and this project will greatly enhance safety and link up major local destinations, such as MountCoot-thaBotanical Gardens, AnzacPark, the Western Freeway Bikeway and ToowongStateSchool.

    “I want to thank everyone who has assisted me in putting the case for this project: especially local residents and cycling groups who joined the campaign. Mr Fraser said.

    “It was a genuine community effort and today it has all payed off.”

    Mr Fraser said initial community consensus is for the safe crossing to be a cyclist and pedestrian overpass, rather than an underpass.

    “The exact design of the safe crossing is still subject to detailed feasibility and community consultation. But make no mistake we have committed the funds to build a safe crossing one way or another,” he said.

    The crossing is funded under the South East Queensland Cycle Network Program which identifies cycling infrastructure as a key priority for the region and is part of the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program.

    Mr Lucas said the Queensland Government was working hard to promote green transport options.

    “This latest initiative should encourage more people to consider cycling and walking as a healthy alternative.

    “There are also a number of schools in the area and we want to encourage more students to walk or cycle to school,” Mr Lucas said.

    “We’re paving the way with this special new crossing. If we encourage healthy habits like walking and cycling, we can also help reduce the level of obesity in the community.

    “We’re making it safer for people who choose the healthy alternatives like cycling and walking between the city and the western suburbs,” he said.

    The project is due for completion in June 2008 and design concept plans for the safe crossing will go out to community consultation next month.

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