12 Sep 2021

Birdwood Road Velobridge

Transport and Main Roads has released a tender to design the Birdwood Road Velobridge!

Birdwood Road currently links Stages D and E of the V1 Veloway at Holland Park. While TMR and Council worked together to improve the shared path under the South East Freeway as an interim solution, it isn’t at the same level of quality as the rest of the veloway. So it’s exciting to see plans moving forward to improve this vital connection to the south side of Brisbane.

The design phase is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

Meet the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge team

The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge project team are holding “meet the team” sessions over the next couple of weeks.

We are really excited about this bridge, and while we’re somewhat relieved that the bar and restaurant will be grade separated – on a level above the main bridge deck – which should avoid the shemozzle that is Howard Smith Wharves, we still think it’s worth letting the team know that functionality has to be top priority over “activations”.

If you’ve got the time, get along and let them know how excited you are about a new bike and pedestrian bridge that you’ll be able to use to travel smoothly and conveniently between Kangaroo Point and the CBD.

Session details:

Wednesday 15 September 2021 3-6pm City Botanic Gardens, corner Alice and Edward Streets, Brisbane City
Saturday 18 September 2021 10am-1pm Maloney Park, 234 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Thursday 23 September 2021 4-7pm Queensland Multicultural Centre, Main Street, Kangaroo Point

New Farm Park improvements

Council are undertaking works in New Farm Park to improve accessibility and safety. The works include:

  • Replacing boom gate with bollards near 2nd Brunswick entrance
  • An upgrade to the existing dedicated pick-up/drop-off area
  • Two new pedestrian crossing points, including lighting for safety
  • New angled car parks, including accessible disability parking bays, and
  • Additional landscaping that complements the precinct’s heritage.

These changes are more low key than council’s last plan which was to make the access to the Powerhouse carpark through New Farm Park rather than Lamington Street. This would have generated more motor traffic through the park.

It’s great to see improvements for people with a disability as we have raised concerns with disability access to and within New Farm Park with the council previously. Council are developing a concept plan to guide future upgrades to the park and will undertake community consultation as part of this process.

We would love to see the park become completely car-free, as it would provide families with a lovely safe place where their children could roam and play freely. Parents could relax without the fear of their children running in front of cars driving through the park.

Project page: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-to-see-and-do/council-venues-and-precincts/parks/parks-by-suburb/new-farm-parks/new-farm-park-improvement-works

Veloway extension opens

The Veloway extension south from the Gateway Motorway at Eight Mile Plains to Maureen Street in Underwood is finally open! Have you tried it out yet?

Check out these photos and video from Brisbane South Bug:

Big Bike Film Night – final showing

You could tell there was a bike event on at New Farm Cinemas on Tuesday night because of all the bicycles parked along the street. A group of riders headed from the city to the cinemas and the bicycle racks were quickly filled, with riders seeking out light poles and street trees as overflow parking.

The event was the Brisbane screening of the The Big Bike Film Night, a collection of short bike films from around the world. It was a great evening of bike culture with inspirational, humorous and entertaining stories featuring road cycling, mountain biking, downhill, BMX, bike packing, cyclocross, penny farthings, tricycles, and cycling stories of people with disabilities.

If you missed it, you can still catch the movies at Wynnum tonight, Monday 13th September.