River City to get more bridges

RACQ has welcomed news the first of five new green bridges to be built in Brisbane was now a step closer with community consultation kicking off.

Brisbane City Council (BCC) invited locals to have their say on a variety of river crossings, which included the Kangaroo Point, Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, Breakfast Creek, and Bellbowrie bridges.  

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the BCC proposed green bridges would help reduce congestion and provide commuters with an alternative, sustainable and healthy way to get around.

“They’ll give residents and visitors a reason to leave the car at home and get into and around the city on two wheels or on foot,” Mr Turner said.

“We know congestion is a big issue our road networks regularly face, and these bridges will go a long way in being part of the solution.

RACQ’s Bridging Brisbane Survey, conducted in 2017, asked members about their views on a range of river crossings, including a number of bridges BCC was now proposing. 

“We identified 12 potential new or upgraded crossings and put them to 4,600 people as part of our survey, and the Kangaroo Point bridge option was strongly supported ,” Mr Turner said.

"Bridges close to the city received good support when providing for all modes of traffic, but similar levels of support were shown for these bridges catering for buses, pedestrians and cyclists only.

“These bridges were obviously important to our members, so we lobbied council with our findings and are pleased they listened and are now taking action. 

“Consultation is an important part of any project and we encourage everyone to provide feedback on the project.”

Residents could find more information and have their say on BCC’s website