Wheels are sure to be spinning in anticipation after the Palaszczuk Government announced funding for the missing link of a massive cycling project that’s already revolutionised the way people get around the river city.
Minister for Main Roads and Roads Safety and Member for Yeerongpilly Mark Bailey and Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly announced the last stage of the Veloway 1 (V1), Stage E, at Tarragindi/Holland Park with members of the cycling community today.
Mr Bailey said the Veloway 1 was an exciting cycleway project that when completed with this final stage would stretch 17 kilometres directly from Brisbane City to Eight Mile Plains.
“As someone who loves cycling, I’m thrilled to announce this next stage of the Veloway which is the single largest package of V1 works planned to date,” Mr Bailey said.
“This final stage, which will support more than 60 jobs during construction, will be delivered in two sections.
“It will run alongside the M1 from Birdwood Road, Holland Park to Gaza Road, Tarragindi when completed.
“This demonstrates the Palaszczuk Government’s continued commitment to get more people cycling, more often, on safe, separated, direct and connected routes.
“Elevated cycling bridges over the Gaza Rd off ramp and over the Marshall Rd freeway intersection will see huge safety benefits for local cyclists.”
Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said the project would improve safety, cut travel times, improve health and reduce congestion on Brisbane’s roads.
“It makes sense that the more people who ride bikes, the less traffic there will be on city streets,” he said.
“This is a big win too for motorists accessing the M1 as it will provide a safe separation between cyclists and motorised traffic to enhance the safety of all road users.
“The completion of the $24 million V1 Stage D project at Greenslopes is also on track, with the recent installation of four steel bridge trusses over the Cornwall Street intersection.
“I’m excited to say that Stage D will open to the public later this year, allowing cyclists to enjoy 3.5 kilometres of uninterrupted cycleway and a seamless connection from O’Keefe Street, Buranda to Birdwood Road, Greenslopes.
Mr Kelly said TMR would continue to engage with the local government and the community to progress the delivery of the significant project.
Bicycle Queensland chief executive Ben Wilson said it was an exciting time for transport in South East Queensland.
“We consistently see upgraded bikeways getting more users, and this new section will do just that,” he said.
“The contribution cycling makes to the health of Queenslanders, plus reducing traffic congestion on the M1 is substantial, so we applaud this win-win move with the V1 Stage E . “
The final stage will be delivered in two sections, $26 million in funding has been allocated for section 1 and $19 million has been allocated for section 2.
Construction of the final stage is expected to be completed by late 2019.
For more information on the project visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/V/Veloway-1-Pacific-Motorway.
Time lapse footage of work on section D can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbzy6mQryIM&feature=youtu.be
Media contact: Dominic Geiger, 0447355565