Council this morning published the preliminary plans for stage 1B (and revised plans for stage 1C) of the Kangaroo Point Bikeway. Here are some thoughts from someone who rides this way daily from Stanley St:
Overall it’s good; certainly a vast improvement from the current situation. I think it could be further improved by:
- reshaping the garden bed directly in front of the entry to the Goodwill Bridge, and making the pedestrian crossing line up with the footpath on Sidon St. This could also make The Arbor pathway more inviting and obvious as the primary pedestrian route from the Goodwill Bridge to the Lady Cilento Hospital.
- moving the pedestrian crossing at the corner slightly down the hill to give more separation between where cyclists from the Gabba Bikeway have to join the traffic stream (local motor vehicle traffic plus riders coming to and from the Veloway and Kangaroo Point), and where the pedestrians cross
- putting an additional speed cushion just east of the corner, to slow traffic (motor vehicle and cycle traffic) before the merge point. This is especially important for cyclists heading outbound to the (future) Gabba Bikeway, who need to turn right at that point.
- ensure that the light sequence at the Vulture St/Dock St intersection allows inbound cycle and pedestrian traffic to flow in the morning, and outbound cycle/pedestrian traffic to flow in the afternoon and evening. Currently in the evening, anyone walking or riding this way is forced to wait a complete light cycle on the little triangular island. That predictably leads some people dashing across Vulture St because they get sick of waiting, and some people dashing across Dock St because they don’t want to miss their chance to cross Vulture St.
I note that the whole Vulture St intersection is still messy for pedestrians and cyclists, and there is no easy fix. (Or at least no cheap one. An underpass providing a direct link under the intersection would be nice!) But it’s worth remembering that the reason this is such a tricky 5-way intersection is that Council made it that way in 2014, with an intersection “upgrade” that totally ignored the needs of people travelling on foot and by bicycle at this critical inner city intersection in front of Brisbane’s major hospital. Now the cycling team (and the cycling budget) have the challenge of trying to retrofix it. This is a good illustration of why it’s vital to consider active transport in any intersection project.