Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner has today released plans for major cyclist safety upgrades to two cyclist accident blackspots, including protected bike lanes and new permanent bike lanes.
Cr Schrinner said the $11 million Woolloongabba Bikeway project would offer a major boost to safety along a corridor that carries 2,000 cyclists a day and has a history of more than 30 serious cyclist accidents in the past six years.
“Following the results of a one year trial into dedicated peak-hour bike lanes along Annerley Road, Council is installing new permanent bike lanes along the entire stretch of this busy arterial road,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Annerley Road will have a section of protected two-way bikeway at the approach to Stanley Street, with new permanent bike lanes either side of the entire 1.4 km stretch.
“Crash hotspots at the intersections of Clarence Street and Crown Street with Annerley Road, will be removed, with vehicle access closed onto Annerley Road.”
Cr Schrinner said that as part of the Annerley Road trial, Council received 630 surveys from cyclists, residents, business owners and pedestrians.
“Eighty per cent of cyclists said they were safer travelling within the peak-hour bike lanes and ninety per cent of all respondents said that they believed the peak-hour bike lanes should be retained or replaced with permanent bike lanes,” he said.
Cr Schrinner said the busy Stanley Street corridor was also set to receive a new 1.1km separated bikeway between Vulture Street and Ipswich Road.
“A two-way separated bikeway will feature along Stanley Street, providing cyclists with a safe alternative to mingling with cars and trucks,” he said.
“A number of upgrades will be made to pedestrian crossings along Stanley Street to facilitate better cyclist crossings and access to the bike lanes.”
Cr Schrinner said Council will be now seeking tenders for the work, with construction expected to commence early 2017.
“This will be Council’s first project to be constructed in the four year, $100 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program,” he said.
For more information about Council’s Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.