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Another section of Brisbane’s busiest bikeway completed

08 November, 2010

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman continues to deliver better bikeways for Brisbane’s suburbs with the completion of a second stage of upgrades to one of the city’s busiest bike paths.

Brisbane City Council’s Public and Active Transport Chairman Margaret de Wit was today joined by local Councillor Peter Matic (Toowong Ward), Transport Minister Rachel Nolan and local State MP Andrew Fraser to open the newly upgraded stretch of the Bicentennial Bikeway between Lang Parade and Land Street at Auchenflower.

Cr de Wit said the $4.1 million project was jointly funded between Council and the State Government (50:50 split) and involved building separate paths for cyclists and pedestrians.

“This is one of Brisbane’s most heavily used bikeways and separating cyclists and pedestrians will ensure a safer and faster trip for all, particularly with cycling continuing to grow as a popular, healthier alternative for commuters,” Cr de Wit said.

“Active travel options like cycling and walking are becoming easier for commuters with Brisbane now having over 900 kilometres of bikeways thanks to the Lord Mayor’s record $100 million spend on new cycle links this term.”

Cr de Wit said lighting, rest and shade areas and drinking facilities were all upgraded along the 500 metre stretch of bikeway.

Local Councillor Peter Matic said that with more and more people moving into Brisbane’s inner-west these works were necessary to ensure Brisbane’s busiest bikeway remained easy and safe to use for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

“There are about 4000 people using the Bicentennial Bikeway everyday and I think we’ll see this continue to grow as the Lord Mayor fills more and more of the missing links in Brisbane’s bikeway network,” Cr Matic said.

“The Lord Mayor’s delivery of the Go Between Bridge has not only helped motorists in my area, but also cyclists looking for a quick trip across the river thanks to a direct connection to the Bicentennial Bikeway.

“These are just a few of the many ways the Lord Mayor and I are working together to deliver more for Brisbane’s western suburbs.”

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said this was the second of four stages of upgrades to the entire Bicentennial Bikeway along Coronation Drive to be completed by 2014.

“This is part of the Bligh Government’s ClimateQ initiatives aimed at tackling climate change in the transport sector by reducing reliance on private vehicles, cutting traffic congestion and carbon emissions,” Ms Nolan said.

The Lord Mayor also helped delivered a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Bicentennial Bikeway between Cribb St and Park Rd last year with the State Government.

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