Cycle Friendly Roads Coming to South Brisbane & Woolloongabba

Artist's impression of proposed bike lanes on Stanley Street
Artist's impression of proposed bike lanes on Stanley Street

For over a year, the Brisbane City Council and State Government have been working together with community input to create more bicycle friendly roads around South Brisbane and Woolloongabba areas.

Between 2010 and 2016 it was revealed that there were 31 serious accidents around the Annerley Road to Stanley Street stretch, with two of them being fatalities.

Council has now released plans for an $11 million upgrade to roads around the area which would facilitate the creation of grade separated bike lanes and new ‘floating’ bus stops which help to further protect cyclists from the traffic.

Grade separation means that bikes and cars have their own dedicated lanes which is universally acknowledged to dramatically reduce road conflicts and encourage more people to cycle.

Stanley Street – Vulture Street – Ipswich Road

Brisbane City Council bike lane plan of Vulture to Stanley Street
Brisbane City Council bike lane plan of Vulture to Stanley Street

Separated bike paths will be created along these roads with new curbs and traffic islands used as buffer space, with a 1 metre and 0.6 metre clearance planned along the Stanley Street stretch. Bike priority crossing points are also planned, along with two new City Cycle stations at Merton Road and near Reid Street.

Artist's impression of proposed bike lanes on Stanley Street
Artist’s impression of proposed bike lanes on Stanley Street
Artist's impression of proposed bike lanes on Stanley Street intersection
Artist’s impression of proposed bike lanes on Stanley Street intersection

Annerley Road – Stanley Street – Gladstone Road

The two-way bikeway which continues on from Stanley Street splits and becomes on-road bike lanes on either side of Annerley Road. These lanes are protected by a 0.5 metre buffer zone and will feature floating bus stops on either side of the road. A new City Cycle station is planned for Gloucester Street.

Artist's impression of proposed bike lanes and floating bus stop on Annerley Road
Artist’s impression of proposed bike lanes and floating bus stop on Annerley Road
Artist's impression of proposed bike lanes on Annerley Road
Artist’s impression of proposed bike lanes on Annerley Road

BCC Chairman for Active Transport Adrian Schrinner told the Brisbane Times that while some impacts to business or residents can be expected, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for the project and that Council will be rolling out separated bike lanes across the city wherever possible in order to increase safety and encourage cycling.

The number of people using the separated cycling lanes are expected to dramatically increase over the coming years.

Construction is anticipated to commence next year with completion of the project around 2020.

The Brisbane City Council’s newly released Riding in Brisbane Guide can be found here.

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