Protected bike lanes for Melbourne St, North Quay and Adelaide St

Principal Petitioner Donald Campbell, New Farm
Closing Date Sun, 30 Jun 2019
No. of signatures 274 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the opportunity for protected bike lanes to be delivered as part of the Brisbane Metro Project. Brisbane Metro is a major project which is dramatically changing the function of the Victoria Bridge and proportions of Melbourne St, North Quay and Adelaide St. Currently, Brisbane Metro proposes no bike lanes along Adelaide St and North Quay, protected bike lanes across the Victoria Bridge and unprotected bike lanes along Melbourne St (between Grey and Merivale St). The protected bike lanes across the Victoria Bridge are a valuable asset but their full potential is currently being undermined by a lack of meaningful infrastructure linking to them. The lack of bike lanes on the CBD side of the Victoria Bridge results in people on bikes being marooned with no meaningful connection to any part of the CBD. Unprotected bike lanes being proposed along Melbourne St are a design of the last century. The placement of these lanes between loading and moving buses at the proposed Melbourne St bus stops is not a position of safety. Contrary to project team claims, these stops will be quite busy with between 40 - 70 buses using each stop during peak periods (dependent on bus network changes). This volume of buses places people on bicycles in very real danger of becoming the meat in a bus sandwich.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council as part of the Brisbane Metro Project:

1. Install protected bike lanes along North Quay (between Queen St & Adelaide St) and Adelaide St (between North Quay and George St). This will link with the future CBD cycle network as outlined in the 'Brisbane City Plan 2014' & the TMR 'Principal Cycle Network Plan'.

2. Install protected bike lanes along Melbourne St (between Grey St and Merivale). These can be either, unidirectional down each side of the street or bi-directional down one side of the street. Lanes must pass behind proposed Melbourne St bus stop/shelter removing risk of a person on a bicycle coming into conflict with a bus. The road corridor width at this point is sufficient to allow such a design.

Protected bike lanes across Victoria Bridge will not reach their full potential without proper cycling infrastructure on either side of the river. Cities throughout the world (London, Manchester, New York, San Francisco, Auckland etc.) have recognised that protected bike lanes are world’s best practice. To miss this prime opportunity would be a great indictment and confirmation that Brisbane is not becoming a new world city.

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