Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Build Kangaroo Point Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge

Principal Petitioner Donald Campbell, New Farm
Date Closed Mon, 11 Jun 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 152 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the urgent need for the Kangaroo Point peninsula to be linked to the Brisbane CBD via a pedestrian and cyclist bridge. This bridge would enable more people in Kangaroo Point and suburbs further east to access the CBD by walking and cycling, instead of relying on private motor vehicles at the high levels identified in the 2016 census. Walking or cycling between the Kangaroo Point Peninsula and the CBD via the Goodwill Bridge is an option that requires an extensive detour that adds over 3 km compared with there being a direct crossing and putting pressure on the heavily utilised riverside pathways at Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge provides a more direct route but still involves a circuitous route detour of almost 3 km, while the long and/or steep approaches in combination with noise and pollution from busy motor vehicle traffic make for an unpleasant journey. To the vast majority of the population both options are not appealing, resulting in far less people using active transport as an alternative to the private motor vehicle than would, in the case of a safe and direct bridge over the river being available. We note that detailed investigations have previously been made into locations and feasibility for such a bridge between Kangaroo Point and the Brisbane CBD, and preliminary designs have been commissioned and proposed. Preliminary Council estimates have stated that within the first year over 7,000 pedestrian and cycle crossings would occur per day. All political parties that currently form the Brisbane City Council are acutely aware of this and, as such, in the course of time have promised a pedestrian and cyclist bridge linking Kangaroo Point to the CBD. The most recent promises were in:

- 2013 - when Lord Mayor Graham Quirk promised it would be built within five years, and described it as the “missing link”. Unfortunately funding was removed shortly after.

- 2016 - when both the Labor and Greens parties promised a bridge as part of the Brisbane City Council election campaign. All political parties that form the current Council have also in the past pledged that they would go it alone and fund the construction exclusively out of the Brisbane City Council budget.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council commits to a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge linking the Kangaroo Point Peninsula to the Brisbane CBD, with planning to be commenced in 2018, and the bridge to be constructed and completed within five years. Such a bridge will encourage many people from the eastern suburbs of Brisbane (not just Kangaroo Point) to choose active transport when accessing the Brisbane CBD. Without this high-quality pedestrian and cyclist link, the effects of traffic congestion, noise and pollution will continue to diminish the quality of life and amenity of Kangaroo Point and the suburbs further to the east. The bridge must be urgently built to reverse this trend.

Council response

Council recognises the need for additional active and public transport connections across the Brisbane River, however these need to be balanced against citywide transport priorities. The Bicycle network overlay in Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) recognises a number of these important desire lines, including between Kangaroo Point and the CBD, West End and the University of Queensland and Bulimba and Teneriffe, and a number of these were also identified in the recent RACQ Bridging Brisbane survey.

The Bicycle network overlay shows a future primary bicycle route between approximately 355 Main Street, Kangaroo Point and the intersection of Alice and Edward Streets at the entrance to the City Botanic Gardens. The City Plan defines a primary cycle route as one that provides for all cyclists, including high-speed commuters and links residential areas to major employment centres, regional activity centres and other key destinations including public transport, cultural and recreation facilities.

Council is currently reviewing its Active Transport Network Plan for the CBD and this includes connections between Kangaroo Point, the CBD and other surrounding destinations. This review will assess key bicycle corridors to identify opportunities for improving network connectivity and safety, as well as considering alternative alignments to those proposed in the current Bicycle network overlay. The Active Transport Network Plan is also considering connections for people who walk to and within the Brisbane CBD.

In the short-term, funding is not available to construct a bridge between Kangaroo Point and the CBD.  However, Council remains supportive of the project and will continue to investigate options to improve active transport access to and from the city including a Kangaroo Point Bridge, and will prioritise against competing citywide projects for delivery in future investment programs pending available funding. Given that the Queensland Government is traditionally responsible for pedestrian and cyclist bridges across the Brisbane River, Council would welcome any State funding and support for this project.

In the interim, the CityFerry service connecting Thornton Street and Holman Street ferry terminals with the Eagle Street Pier ferry terminal provides this important transport connection. Important maintenance works were completed at the Thornton Street ferry terminal in late 2017 to improve amenity and passenger safety. Free ferry services are provided by Council’s CityHopper ferry, with regular ferry services provided by the TransLink funded Kangaroo Point Cross River Ferry between 5.45am and 12 midnight seven days a week. Bicycles can also be taken on these services at the discretion of the captain subject to passenger loading.