The Queensland Government is considering the addition of a bike bridge, connecting the Kangaroo Point bikeway, to the veloway (V1). Upgrades to the V1 are being made in stages to remove multiple road crossings and to improve safety where on-road crossings still exist.
The proposed velobridge will be located on the V1 at Lower River Terrace, in South Brisbane. Planning is now underway for the iconic new Velobridge at Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane connecting the Kangaroo Point Bikeway to the existing V1 infrastructure at Captain Cook Bridge. The proposed velobridge design will be an ‘over water’ bike bridge structure that complements the natural surroundings of the Brisbane River, the river bank, and neighbouring infrastructure in the area, as well as provide better connectivity to the local bike networks, hospitals, shopping centres, education facilities, public transport hubs, the South Bank precinct, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, and Brisbane CBD.
Currently 1,500 bike riders using the Veloway cross Lower River Terrace at grade daily to continue to the city, competing with local car traffic after a steep, narrow downhill gradient. Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said as the city grows, more people are choosing to ride into the city. “It is important to ensure cyclists and pedestirans have safe access that are easy to navigate,” she said. The V1 is a dedicated cycleway designed to connect people riding bikes between Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane and Eight Mile Plains, adjacent to the Pacific Motorway. The 17 kilometer cycleway will provide a safe and efficient route for people travelling by bicycle. Separated facilities reduce the need for interaction between motorists and people riding bikes. This improves the safety, comfort, amenity and travel time for everyone.
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