North Brisbane Bikeway link open for cyclists
UP TO 5,000 cyclists will be able to take advantage of stage one of the North Brisbane Bikeway, now it is open to the public.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey and Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace officially opened Stage One of the North Brisbane Bikeway on Wednesday, with local cyclists from Bicycle Queensland, Brisbane North BUG and space4cycling.
"Stage 1B of the North Brisbane Bikeway, extends, upgrades and widens the existing bikeway along Breakfast Creek, and establishes a new separated cyclist and pedestrian path," Mr Bailey said.
"When fully constructed, we are expecting up to 5000 cyclists to use the North Brisbane Bikeway daily."
Ms Grace said the $3.3 million section of stage one was a key link in South East Queensland's cycling infrastructure.
"Stage 1B links through to Stage 1A at Bowen Park, and will eventually connect to stage two in Windsor," Ms Grace said.
"Now that this section of the North Brisbane Bikeway is complete, cyclists and pedestrians will be much safer and better connected.
"When completed, the entire North Brisbane Bikeway will stretch over 4.3km, providing safer riding for cyclists and reducing cars and congestion on the road network.
"It will be the icing on the cake for local cyclists and residents who want to live in a cleaner, greener Brisbane.
"760,000 Queensland cyclists ride each week, and we'll continue to invest in the infrastructure they need."
Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said the completion of Stage 1B was great news for Brisbane's northside bike riders.
"The separation of cyclists from motorised traffic makes it easier for more people to cycle and get where they need to go safely," Mr Wilson said.
"It's great to see this new section open to the public and I look forward to seeing the Brisbane's cycle network continue to expand."
Stages two and three of the North Brisbane Bikeway are currently in the design phase and are due for completion in late 2018.
The Palaszczuk Government invested nearly $37 million into cycling infrastructure in 2015-16, which is fantastic news for Queensland's growing population of cyclists.
For more information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/N/North-Brisbane-Bikeway