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

Principal Petitioner Donald Campbell, New Farm
Date Closed Sun, 30 Jun 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 363 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.

Council response

Council acknowledges there is a desire for the project to include separated cycling facilities which ensure active travel remains a safe and attractive option for journeys between the CBD, South Brisbane and West End.

As you have noted, the current concept design for Brisbane Metro provides a separated two-way cycleway, dedicated pedestrian pathways, and three lanes for Brisbane Metro and bus services across Victoria Bridge. The concept design also includes an off-road shared footpath for pedestrians and cyclists on the river side of North Quay, between Queen Street and Adelaide Street, a shared footpath for pedestrians and cyclists on each side of Adelaide Street, between North Quay and George Street, and on-road cycle lanes on either side of Melbourne Street, between Grey Street and Merivale Street.

Victoria Bridge will play an important role in the Brisbane Metro project, providing a key cross river connection for public and active transport. The project will be a key part of Council’s plan to get residents home quicker and safer with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport. New high capacity and high-frequency Brisbane Metro services will run along dedicated busways and link with suburban bus and train services as part of a better planned network.

While Victoria Bridge is proposed to be converted to a green bridge for Brisbane Metro and bus services, pedestrians and cyclists, Council acknowledges there are opportunities to improve cycling connectivity within the CBD. As such, Council will investigate further improvements on North Quay as part of the detailed design and planning for Brisbane Metro.

Council is also reviewing its Active Transport Network Plan and will investigate options to improve active transport connections into and through the CBD. Council is committed to improving cycling infrastructure around Brisbane as part of the $100 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program. Future projects identified in the Active Transport Network Plan will be considered for funding in accordance with citywide priorities to improve network accessibility, connectivity and safety.

Council acknowledges the safety concerns raised in relation to the on-road cycle lanes on Melbourne Street, between Grey Street and Merivale Street and the number of bus services operating at this location. The current Brisbane Metro concept design proposes Melbourne Street, between Grey Street and Merivale Street, will be closed to general vehicle traffic. While final changes to the bus network are still to be confirmed, traffic modelling and assessments undertaken as part of the project indicate that approximately 350 fewer buses will pass through the Cultural Centre precinct at surface level during peak hours, once Brisbane Metro is operational. Further to this, the modelling indicates that between 32 and 40 bus services per hour will use the Melbourne Street bus stops that are planned to be located beneath the railway bridges during peak hour.

Safety assessments have determined the current proposed cycle lane arrangement on Melbourne Street is appropriate and confirmed this configuration as the preferred design option for the project. However, further investigation into these lane arrangements can occur as part of the detailed design and planning for Brisbane Metro and Council will continue to work with stakeholders through this process to further enhance active transport connectivity, including cycling facilities in the CBD.

Subject to approvals and award of the contract to the Collaborative Partnership, the detailed design of Brisbane Metro’s inner city infrastructure is expected to commence in late 2019, with Brisbane Metro services expected to commence in 2023.