Brisbane City Council’s 12-month trial of peak hour bike lanes along Annerley Road has ended.
It’s hoped the changes will clear up the notorious black spot.
Danielle Veivers reports.
Stage two of council’s eleven-million dollar Woolloongabba Bikeway project was unveiled this morning.
It’s part of a one-hundred-million-dollar commitment to improving cyclist safety.
The lynch pin, a twelve-month trial of designated cycling lanes during peak hour along the Annerley Road and Stanley Road Corridor.
From today, those changes are permanent.
Adrian Schrinner Acting Brisbane Mayor: “Cyclists at all times of the day will have improved safety. Motorists will have improved safety, there will be greater separation delivered between motorists and cyclists. Most importantly it will link in and be done at the same time as the Stanley Street Bikeway.”
Up to two-thousand cyclists use the route every day.
It’s a notorious danger zone with more than thirty accidents and two fatalities in the past six years.
Andrew Demack, Bicycle Queensland:”At the moment it’s a place where brave and confident riders will ride but what we’d like to see is this being a place where everybody feels safe to ride.”
As well as permanent bike lanes and wider lanes, there’ll be cement separaters for one-hundred-and-fifty metres along Stanley Street.
Cars won’t be able to park in bike lanes and there’ll be no access into Clarence and Crown Streets from Annerley Road.
Two floating bus stops will be trailed as part of the council project, one being located here.
Buses will pull up away from the curb allowing cyclists to ride next to pedestrians rather than being forced into oncoming traffic.
It aims to target university students as the bike way links to QUT and UQ campuses.
Work is expected to commence early next year.
Danielle Veivers, QUT News.