Sign our e-petition to the Queensland Parliament at this link: bit.ly/bikeBNE
As part of the Queens Wharf Casino and Integrated Resort Development, there is a new pedestrian bridge proposed, connecting from South Bank (near the current site of the Wheel of Brisbane), over the Riverside Expressway, and into approximately level 4 of the resort complex. This has been promoted by the Department of State Development as an important contribution to the public realm in return for the development of this large area of the city, including the historical origins of the City of Brisbane.
Many people we have spoken to have assumed that the new green bridge (to be called the Neville Bonner Bridge) will allow for bicycles, and will improve pedestrian access into the CBD. However, from the information currently available it is clear that the Neville Bonner Bridge will not allow for bicycle access, and will deliver pedestrians into the casino/resort complex. Based on comparisons with the Kurilpa Bridge, it will likely involve quite a climb up from ground level at South Bank.
We agree that Brisbane needs additional cross-river bridges to enable and encourage more people to move about the city on foot. However, we consider it short sighted to proceed with a development of this scale without providing much needed bicycle access to the CBD via the new bridge.
See Destination Brisbane Consortium web site for more information about the Queens Wharf project.