Preliminary plans have been released for Brisbane's newest bikeway, the Indooroopilly Riverwalk, but councillors have had to shoot down criticism.
The path will be built along the Brisbane River and create a straight and direct link from Twigg Street and Wilton Road to Witton Barracks, rather than following the snaking river bank.
Connections will be built at Foxton Street and the barracks. Improvements will be made to the existing intersection at Foxton and Radnor streets while the Witton Barracks connection will link up to the Jack Pesch bikeway and Indooroopilly railway station.
The width of the structure will come in at more than five metres, with more than three metres of space to be given to people on bikes. Pedestrians will have two metres of space.
It will take about three years and $58 million to complete the project. Building the path along the river has increased the project cost, but it will give people an attractive off-road path with plenty of space for all users. It will also be flood-proofed.
While there has been some typical criticism from opponents of the project, Brisbane City Council has been strong and is committed to the vital project.
Pro-bike Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said it is a "critical project", while deputy mayor Krista Adams rebutted questions from a Greens councillor about its feasibility.
"At the moment, yes, the numbers are low, but we believe the numbers are low because there is no safe access," said Cr Adams.
"By developing I think we're going to see an enormous increase in cycling from the western suburbs to UQ.
"We think the numbers are going to really increase along there."
The evidence from Brisbane's existing river route, the Bicentennial Bikeway backs up the council and shows that when good place to ride are built, people do ride.
By fixing a missing link in the network and where there is no existing bike infrastructure is sure to encourage more people to ride.
Woolloongabba separated cycleway good to go
On the other side of the river in Woolloongabba, there is now a 2.5km separated bike lane on Stanley Street and Annerley Road.
In 2014 a Danish woman was killed while riding through the Stanley Street and Annerley Road intersection and the bike lane has been in the pipeline since then.
“Creating clear and safe separation between motorists and cyclists was the key focus of this project, and this bikeway delivered Brisbane’s first-ever floating bus stops to remove any potential conflict between bikes and buses, and ensure an even safer trip for cyclists," said Cr Adams about the new bike lane.
You can also read more about both the Indooroopilly Riverwalk and Wooloongabba bike lane in the Brisbane Times:
- Planned $58 million Indooroopilly riverwalk approved
- Inner-city Brisbane bikeway opened years after cyclist's death
More information about the Indooroopilly Riverwalk can be found here, including the preliminary project plan.