Brisbane bikeway clocks nearly 1 million riders

Brisbane’s Bicentennial Bikeway has been ranked the world’s fifth most popular in a count of more than 200 paths across 53 countries.

Eco Counter data revealed the riverside cycle path had clocked more than 949,000 riders so far this year which put Brisbane ahead of any city outside Europe.

The city last year became the third in Australia to install real-time bikeway counters, and RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the latest count reflected well on Brisbane’s status as a bike-friendly city.

“To have more people using our cycling infrastructure and riding to and from work is a great thing,” Ms Ross said.

“Not only is it a healthier commuting choice, it also relieves pressure on our roads and public transport services.

“Separated bike paths and cycleways are safer for riders and we’d like to see more investment in this infrastructure around the city to encourage people to hop on their bike.”

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Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage told the Westside News that the data emphasised the value of quality bicycle infrastructure.

“This data tells a story – bikeways build better communities and get people to their destinations directly, quickly, and without delay,” Ms Savage said.

“The fact that Brisbane is ranked in the top five among the most cycle-friendly cities in the world is a major achievement and demonstrates the value of council and state government investments in healthy travel.”