Vulture Street Separated Bikeway

Principal Petitioner Jacob Curtis, Paddington
Date Closed Mon, 01 May 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 357 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the Council the need for safe cycling infrastructure along Vulture Street in West End and South Brisbane. This infrastructure must be suitable for riders of all ages and abilities to allow for a multitude of cycling trips along this key corridor. West End has the highest cycling mode share in Brisbane. However, limited cycling infrastructure on primary routes like Vulture Street makes utility riding unsafe or unpleasant. Vulture Street in particular is a key route for local trips including direct access to Boundary Street precinct, West End State School, and Brisbane State High School. It is also a gateway to South Bank, the CBD, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, the Gabba, Mater Hospital and University of Queensland. A Vulture Street bikeway would link into the future Woolloongabba bikeway as well as the existing bike network, connecting West End to key destinations. Residential development in the Kurilpa peninsula has increased congestion. A new bikeway would benefit Brisbane residents by helping to reduce overall traffic congestion and enable new cycle trips within West End.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council build a bikeway separated from motor traffic along the full length of Vulture Street, from Montague Road, West End, to Sidon Street, South Brisbane. The design and implementation of the project must be in consultation with the local cycling community and relevant bicycle user group(s). The project should also consider the needs of pedestrians and improve conditions for people walking where possible. Concept designs for the Vulture Street bikeway are provided by the Brisbane West Bicycle User Group.

Council response

Vulture Street is currently listed on Council’s primary bikeway network of the Bicycle network overlay in Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) and on the Queensland Government’s Principal Cycle Network. Council acknowledges that there is demand for bicycle facilities along this corridor and that the proposed facilities could complement Council’s planned Woolloongabba Bikeway project and Kangaroo Point Bikeway upgrades.

Vulture Street is also identified as an arterial road between Cordelia and Sidon Streets and a district road between Montague Road and Cordelia Street. As a result, there are challenges balancing space along this corridor for active transport, public transport and private vehicles.

Council officers have reviewed the plans which were provided and have determined that there would be significant impacts on traffic between the South East Freeway and the Go Between Bridge through the removal of general traffic lanes. The proposal would also require the removal of on-street parking to the west of Gladstone Road, along with a reduction in the capacity of shared pathways to the east of Gladstone Road, which are regularly used by school students.

Although Vulture Street, between Sidon Street and Montague Road, is identified as a primary cycle route in the Bicycle network overlay of City Plan, this bicycle network overlay is currently under review as part of the development of Council’s Active Transport Network Plan (ATNP). It is expected that recommendations to improve active transport connections and safety along Vulture Street will be included for further investigation as part of ATNP and prioritised against other options to improve safety and connectivity across the city.