Brisbane to the Border: Connected cycling takes centre stage
Published Monday, 08 August, 2022 at 02:00 PM
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Master planning for a complete cycle link from Brisbane to the border is setting pace as funding flows this budget.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $200,000 project would deliver a 10-year vision for a connected coast on two wheels.
"The V1 is a dedicated, 20-kilometre, cycleway providing a safe and efficient route for bike riders from Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane to Underwood," Mr Bailey said.
"Currently there is a V1 signed route beyond Underwood along the M1 to Helensvale, but this requires bike riders to use a mix of service roads with mostly on-road bike lanes, and some sections with no facilities for riders.
"We know about 1.5 million Queenslanders would be interested in riding if the conditions were right, which is why my department is developing a plan to fill the gaps and improve bike-riding infrastructure along this route."
Mr Bailey said the plan would take advantage of improvements already being delivered as part of major transport projects on the M1, the $2.1 billion Coomera Connector and several rail upgrades.
"The major projects we’re delivering right now from Brisbane to the Gold Coast have dramatically changed the landscape and potential for active transport links," he said.
"This masterplan will identify opportunities to achieve a safe and attractive off-road active transport route from Brisbane to Coolangatta, and across the coast by utilising existing projects.
"This could include major projects on the state-controlled network, and active transport connections delivered by local governments.
"When complete, all gaps in the network will be identified and we can get on with the jobs of filling them.
“Not only does this make riding safer for Queenslanders, but it also opens our region up for riding event opportunities like the Brisbane to Gold Coast riding challenge or new routes for Tour de Brisbane.
“These events bring people into Brisbane and stimulate our growing economy, so more opportunity can only be a good thing.”
Bicycle Queensland CEO Rebecca Randazzo welcomed the announcement.
“A connected cycling route from Brisbane to the border would be a win for cycle tourism, and a great step forward for bike riders in Logan and the Gold Coast,” Ms Randazzo said.
“The success of the V1 bikeway shows that where high quality cycling infrastructure is provided, bike riding quickly increases.
“This is an ambitious project, through the heart of a growth corridor. It’s great to see the State Government’s commitment to ensuring that people in this rapidly changing part of Queensland can choose to get around by cycling, scooting and walking,” Ms Randazzo said.
“Cycling is so beneficial! It’s good for your wallet, good for your waistline, and good for your mental well-being.”
Mr Bailey said the planning was part of the Palaszczuk Government's ongoing commitment to get more people bike riding, more often.
"We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs," he said.
"That's why we are investing $268.8 million for active transport infrastructure over the next four years.
“Whether it’s shared paths in Gladstone, new bridges in Cairns or cycle lanes in Pimpama, we’re building it now for the people of Queensland."
The masterplan is expected to be available for consideration by early 2023.
For more information on planning for connected cycle routes between Brisbane and the border, visit https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/Cycling/Infrastructure-projects/Brisbane-Border-connected-routes.
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