Today the Queensland State Budget was released, and although the Brisbane Times confusingly listed cycling infrastructure under “sport”, we’re happy to see that Department of Transport and Main Roads understand it’s transport, and included cycling infrastructure in their Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) for 2018–19 to 2021–22.
There’s good news for work on a couple of major bikeway projects in Brisbane starting in 2018-19:
$17.3 million in 2018-19 for Veloway 1 Stage E (Birdwood Road – Gaza ), toward a total project cost of $45 million)
$5.74 million in 2018-19 for stages 2, 3, and 4 of the North Brisbane Bikeway (total project cost $17.1 million)
There is also $8.9 million over the next 4 years for maintenance and rehabilitation of off-road cycleways on the state-controlled network, including the Veloway 1 and Centenary Cycleway.
Speaking of the Centenary Cycleway, it’s interesting to see $400k over the next 2 years allocated for “Link Planning Richlands Train Station – Springfield”. Promising.
On the east side, there’s a similar allowance of $350k for a “Lytton Road Cycleway Planning Study, Pritchard Street – Gateway Motorway.”
Veloway users will also be excited to see the forward plan includes $14.5 million up to 2022 for “construct cycleway” at O’Keefe St, Buranda.
There are provisions for cycleways in a number of the major road projects, including:
Gateway Motorway – North (which will provide a high quality cycleway connecting from the Jim Soorley Bikeway at Nudgee, through to Bracken Ridge Road and the Deagon Deviation Cycleway)
Sumners Road Interchange – which will greatly improve the Centenary Cycleway at Sumners Road
Ipswich Motorway, Rocklea – Darra (Stage 1) as we’ve previously discussed.
But additionally, it’s also good to see there is $400k over 2 years for continuing that cycleway along Granard Rd to Balham Rd.
On the local network, state government has allocated money in 2018-19 to match Brisbane City Council on a number of cycleway projects:
- Weyers Road – Gateway Motorway Bikeway, and Gateway Upgrade North Bikeway Weyers Road connection
- Kangaroo Point Bikeway (Stage 1) Little Dock Street – Stanley Street
- Kedron Brook Bikeway upgrades, Various locations
- Norman Creek Bikeway Rome Street – Norman Avenue
- North Brisbane Bikeway Brisbane Boys Grammar – Brisbane Girls Grammar
- North Brisbane Bikeway (Stage 5)
We’re also hoping we can convince the Queensland Government to include bicycle parking in station upgrades and Park ‘n Ride facilities planned for Albion, Buranda, Cannon Hill, Darra, Fairfield, Ferny Grove, Lindum, Murarrie, Salisbury, and Virginia train stations, and the bus stations at Eight Mile Plains and Main Road (Kessells Rd). (Sign the petition for this if you haven’t already!)