Bicycle Queensland President Bill Loveday welcomes the announcement of continued improvements to the cycling network in Brisbane City Council 2012-13 budget.
Brisbane City Council will spend $25 million on cycling infrastructure in the next year.
A new link across Schultz Canal, enabling better bicycle access to the International Airport is the major new item, costing $3.6 million. Further upgrades to the Bicentennial Bikeway (Stages 3 and 4) will cost $7.5 million.
The BCC budget also includes $9 million of preliminary expenditure on replacing Riverwalk after it was washed away in the 2010 floods. But construction of the replacement segregated pathway (costing $55 million) is scheduled for the 2013-14 financial year.
BQ also welcomed BCC’s $500,000 investment in the Safer Routes to School, and Safe School travel programs ($1.8 million). BQ believes these programs are vital and should continue to grow.
“Brisbane has made great strides in the past four years towards becoming a bicycle-friendly city. It’s good that BCC continues to play its part by investing in bikeways,” Bill said.
“We call on BCC and State Government to work hard on making it easier for people ride into the City from the northside.
“Brisbane now has excellent bikeways reaching the CBD from the south and west. The residents of the north side of Brisbane are yet to be given the same level of service.”