Cycling set to thrive in Brisbane under new Lord Mayor
BICYCLE Queensland has commended new Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner's vision for a cleaner, greener and more active city - including five new green bridges - following the retirement of Graham Quirk.
Cr Schrinner will become Brisbane's 17th Lord Mayor - and one of the youngest ever - when he is officially appointed at a special council meeting on Monday, April 8.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage recognised Cr Quirk for his service, while congratulating incoming Cr Schrinner on receiving the endorsement of his colleagues to take on leadership of council.
"I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Lord Mayor Schrinner on this well-deserved recognition," she said.
"We have worked with the new Lord Mayor over many years and have confidence in his commitment to making sure the Brisbane of tomorrow is even better than the Brisbane of today.
"We welcome today's news of five new green bridges to help reduce traffic congestion, improve cross-river connectivity, and get more people cycling and walking."
In his first press conference, the new Lord Mayor announced a major program worth about $550 million to cut traffic congestion, improving healthy transport, and creating a more liveable city.
"We commend the vision outlined today by Lord Mayor Schrinner for recognising the need to harness public and active transport to shift towards a healthy travel future that connects us quickly, conveniently, and for a price we can all afford," Ms Savage said.
"This is the first step away from a road network heavily congested with single-occupant vehicles towards a city that is healthier, happier, and more productive.
"Implementation of this vision will help to kick-start a healthy and sustainable travel future, where all Queenslanders can go from A to B safely, seamlessly, and without having to worry about traffic bottlenecks and peak-hour chaos.
"It prices in the tremendous benefits of getting thousands more people cycling, with every $1 spent on bikeways returning $5 in value to the community.
"We look forward to working together with the new Lord Mayor to deliver these and other new opportunities, including consultation on a CBD Bikeway Grid, the Sylvan Road Cycleway, and cycling connectivity on a citywide scale.
"In his first press conference, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has championed new green space and signalled plans to spearhead the biggest investment in parks and green space our city has ever seen, including rolling out new bike paths and cycling infrastructure across the city.
Cr Schrinner said a key theme of his time as Lord Mayor would be making it even easier for people to get around Brisbane by public transport, cycling or on foot.
The new bridges include the already announced Kangaroo Point to CBD river crossing, as well as Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, Breakfast Creek and Bellbowrie.
Council will contribute at least two-thirds of the cost of these bridges and will allocate initial funding in the next Council Budget in June. It would also seek contributions from the State and Federal Governments, Cr Schrinner said.
Details of the five new green bridges
1. Kangaroo Point Green Bridge - Pedestrian/cycle bridge. Council is currently undertaking a business case.
2. Toowong to West End Green Bridge - potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge.
3. St Lucia to West End Green Bridge - potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge
4. Breakfast Creek Green Bridge - Pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting Kingsford Smith Drive Riverwalk into the existing Riverwalk network.
5. Bellbowrie Green Bridge - potential pedestrian/cycle/public transport bridge,with emergency access.
Other green bridges:
These new green bridges will be complemented by next year's conversion of Victoria Bridge to a green bridge for the Brisbane Metro with additional space for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Neville Bonner Bridge will be built by Star to connect Queen's Wharf Brisbane to South Bank for pedestrians.
In 2006, Council delivered Australia's first pedestrian, cycle and bus bridge - the Eleanor Schonell Bridge - connecting Dutton Park and the University of Queensland.