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4 days ago

Brisbane West BUG

Well last week was budget week for both the Queensland State Government and Brisbane City Council. Cyclists in the western suburbs have a few things to look forward to.

One of which is an additional $15m for the Sumners Road Interchange Upgrade, part of which will go toward a grade separated bike underpass beneath the interchange so the Centenary Bikeway continues uninterrupted - this will save up to 5 minutes per trip by bike, and is much safer than the previously planned 3-stage road crossing.

We have been advocating for this since 2015, and we appreciate the shout out to our convenor, Chris Cox, from Jess Pugh MP for Mount Ommaney during her speech this week.

A summary of Budget initiatives worth noting:

STATE BUDGET
✅ Sumners Road Interchange Project - incl Centenary Bikeway improvements ($15m)
✅ Investigations for Centenary Bikeway extension from Richlands to Springfield ($370,000)
✅ Griffith Arterial Cycleway - linking Ipswich Motorway to Logan Road - much needed east-west link ($700,000)
✅ Ipswich Motorway - Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 (including bikeway improvements) - $70m - completion by 2023
⚠️ Moggill Road Cycleway investigations - $0 - but $200,000 for 2020-21 towards planning

COUNCIL BUDGET
✅ Green Bridge planning and design - including Bellbowrie, West End-Toowong, St Lucia-West End ($6m)
✅ Indooroopilly Bikeway ($3.7m)
✅ Safer Paths to Schools ($1.6m)
✅ Paley Street to Mabb Street Kenmore - design completion ($27,000)
✅ Cubberla Reserve, Kingfisher Park, Dumbarton Drive Sports Precinct Master Plan ($111,000)

Jess Pugh MP for Mount Ommaney
2019 BUDGET: It's all happening here in Mount Ommaney for Infrastructure! As you may be aware this week was budget week, and I took the opportunity to update the house on key infrastructure items in the budget for Mount Ommaney👷🏽‍♀️🚚🚲🚗. Transcript available here bit.ly/2KT6akN
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5 days ago

Brisbane West BUG

Banana bars might not seem like a big deal - in fact many people may not know what they are - but the difference can be remarkable when they're replaced by bollards.

One such set is at Cubberla Reserve in Councillor Kate Richards ward of Pullenvale. The bars closest to Fig Tree Pocket Road were awkwardly positioned on a corner and it was challenging for two cyclists or cyclist and pedestrian to negotiate the limited space.

The bars have been replaced with bollards and the path has been widened at the corner to make everything much more pleasant.

Thanks Brisbane City Council
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5 days ago

Brisbane West BUG

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced this week a $6.5m investment over 4 years in improving paths around schools across Brisbane.

In the next 12 months 28 schools across Brisbane will be treated to new or improved paths to support and encourage active travel to school, and reduce family dependence on cars.

Fewer cars around our schools makes it safer for our kids, it encourages them to walk or cycle which is good for their minds and their bodies, and it will reduce crowding of local streets for local residents.

We would encourage council to consider treatments on side streets that paths cross to clearly prioritise people walking and cycling, rather than relying on motorists' understanding of their responsibilities to give way when turning.

Brookfield State School and Middle Park State School are two schools in the west that are earmarked in the first round of improvements.

What other schools in the western suburbs need better paths? Let us know.

7NEWS Brisbane
The school drop off could soon be easier and safer, for Brisbane parents and students. Council has committed more than $6 million to better connect footpaths, encouraging kids to get active, while hopefully reducing congestion.

www.7NEWS.com.au

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2 weeks ago

Brisbane West BUG

We're very sad to learn Anne Savage has resigned as CEO of Bicycle Queensland. We've all seen how proactive, strong and committed Anne has been in public, media and government advocacy.

But more than that, Anne was a willing friend and mentor to those of us tackling local advocacy issues, helping direct us to talk to the right people at the right times to progress issues of importance to local cycling.

We wish Anne every success in her next step in her career, and hope BQ chooses their next CEO wisely to ensure the incredible acceleration in advocacy and progress continues.

Thank you, Anne.Friends, please find attached a statement from the Management Committee of Bicycle Queensland.
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2 weeks ago

Brisbane West BUG

Another informative video from Cr James Mackay regarding the redevelopment of the Guyatt Park CityCat Terminal.

Of note is that there will be improvements to bike parking at the new terminal to further encourage locals to ride and catch the ferry. Of course, as Cr Mackay says, you can also take your bike on the ferry if it's not too full - which is something unique to public transport in Brisbane at peak commuting times. Buses never allow bikes on board, and Queensland Rail only outside peak.

We would like to see better bike parking than the pods council installed at Guyatt Park and other ferry terminals some years ago. They look a bit funky, but they're not terribly practical.

A simple set of hoops and shelter over the top would be fine. A secure bike cage integrated with Council's other 4 cages at shopping centres would be even better but may not be suitable for this location.

Cr James Mackay
We all know that St Lucia floods. And we all know from 2011 that rising water wrought havoc on different parts of the suburb, including smashing the Guyatt Park CityCat terminal.

And BECAUSE St Lucia floods so much and so often, this Whiteboard Wednesday video is about the redevelopment of the Guyatt Park Ferry Terminal.

Of course, the new ferry terminal will include flood resilience in its design.

The new terminal will include a dual berth pontoon, so CityCats are able to dock faster and more efficiently – getting commuters home faster.

There will also be bike storage, to encourage St Lucia locals to ride to the ferry and not drive – helping congestion on our local roads.

Large marine piles will secure the terminal, to provide future-proofed flood resilience.

Excitingly, I am reliably informed that the new ferry terminal will have a “picnic” place, so families can enjoy time by the riverside.

I’m looking forward to the opening of the new Guyatt Park Ferry Terminal and thank locals for their patience while it’s constructed.
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3 weeks ago

Brisbane West BUG

Cr James Mackay has given an update of the week that was in Council and for Walter Taylor Ward.

From 8:20, "Macka" gives a rundown of the Indooroopilly Bikeway and our first little detail about stage 2 that will connect Jack Pesch Bridge.

The gradient up from the river will be about 5%, which is fairly steep, so there'll be slip resistant paint. An old building on Witton Barracks may also need to be removed.

The video involved James walking along the narrow footpath next to busy Radnor St and demonstrated why this bikeway is so important. The path is too narrow for pedestrians to pass eachother, and the traffic on the road is intimidating for all but the strong and fearless.

The Indooroopilly Bikeway will be a major benefit to cycling from the western suburbs to UQ and the high schools on either side of the Walter Taylor Bridge. Bring it on!

Cr James Mackay
It's 5 Minute Friday Time!

5 Minute Friday is the short wrap up of what's been happening in Council and in the Walter Taylor Ward.

This week we talk about ferry terminal upgrades, Red Cross, sharks and the new Indooroopilly Bikeway.

If you have an idea of something you need raised in a future video, please drop it in a comment.
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3 weeks ago

Brisbane West BUG

Often we get caught up in the assumption that bicycles are used for getting to work, or for recreation.

They're also very practical for replacing every day car trips like doing a midweek shop.

It's why it's so important we don't just focus on bikeways to the city, but also making sure it is safe and convenient to ride to and park your bike at local shopping precincts.

Where do you shop by bike?
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4 weeks ago

Brisbane West BUG

HEADS UP: Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) has advised us that works will commence shortly to install lighting along the Centenary Bikeway near Fig Tree Pocket Road and Witton Road.

These two sections of the bikeway are notoriously dark where the bikeway ducks away from the motorway behind vegetation, so this is some welcome improvement.

Lighting will be installed:
- approximately 150m north of Witton Road, Indooroopilly (the S-bend after the Moggill Road bridge)
- approximately 120m north of Fig Tree Pocket Road overpass near Cliveden Park, Indooroopilly.

Access will be maintained at all times.
Construction is planned from Early June until Late July. Most works will take place between 7am and 5pm, though some night works will be required.

We're looking forward to these improvements!
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