George St Separated Bike Lanes

Principal Petitioner Donald Campbell, New Farm
Date Closed Fri, 01 Nov 2013 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 180 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the hostile nature of the Brisbane CBD to the needs of cyclists. While the CBD is skirted by the Riverside, Botanic and Bicentennial Bikeways the current nature of CBD streets are quite hostile to cycling for anyone accessing a building within the centre of the CBD. While in 2009 this was improved upon by reducing the CBD speed limit down to 40kmph this is not enough. All but the fittest person is unable to attain 40kmph on a bicycle under normal conditions meaning many are forced to ride on the already overcrowded CBD footpaths. The fact that this reduction in speed limit is not enough was clearly shown in 2013 when a Citycycle user on Facebook was advised by BCC not to use CBD Streets when traveling from the Wharf St to Brisbane Square!

This petition therefore requests that the first step in truly improving the permeability of the CBD to cycling is that the existing George St on road separated bike lanes that were opened in 2009 to much excitement be extended all the way to Parliament House. The existing George St on road separated bike lanes are an excellent solution but there effectiveness is currently being limited by their insufficient length. Extending the lanes would provide excellent access for cycling from the University right up to the Transit Centre without an individual having to ride on hostile CBD streets or having to drop down to the Bicentennial Bikeway then having to climb back out, the latter in most cases would take longer than walking. Extended separated on road bike lanes would enhance the entire corridor bringing more life to CBD streets and providing more cycling permeability to the entire Brisbane CBD.