RACQ reveals most dangerous roads for cyclists

RACQ research has revealed up to two thirds of Brisbane CBD roads popular with cyclists had no safe cycling infrastructure, prompting an urgent call for better investment to protect the city’s riders.

The Club’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the research used AusRAP star ratings of infrastructure safety and crash risk analysis to identify 22 popular roads in the Brisbane CBD and surrounding suburbs as the most dangerous for cyclists. 

“Around South Brisbane and Kangaroo Point, there’s a lot of room for improvement, with Montague Road, Vulture Street, Shafston Avenue and Main Street among the worst for cyclists – and these are some of the busiest roads for bikes and cars,” Dr Michael said.

“Roads like Adelaide Street, Edward Street and Ann Street in the CBD, as well as Dornoch Terrace nearby, are also some of riskiest.

“Adelaide Street has a shocking history of injury crashes involving cyclists, with 18 recorded between 2014 and 2018, including six serious injuries.

“On Dornoch Terrace there were 16 crashes in the same period.

“The reality is crashes involving cyclists are often more severe and unfortunately are more likely to be seriously injured or killed as a result.”

Dr Michael said the installation of separated cycle lanes and other safety improvements on all surveyed roads was predicted to save 182 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

“We’re calling on Brisbane City Council to implement improved on and off-road cycling infrastructure and treatments aimed at reducing risk and lowering speeds at conflict points,” she said.

“Cyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users and having safe infrastructure is the right start but ultimately we need everyone to play their part to ensure we all get to our destinations safely.”




Poor Cyclist
Infrastructure Star Rating
(< 3 out of 5 Stars)

High or Medium-High Collective Crash Risk for Cyclists
(based on crash history)

Riverside Terrace


High Street


Montague Road


Shafston Avenue


Peel Street


Ann Street
(Fortitude Valley)


Vulture Street


Main Street


Wickham Street


Dornoch Terrace


Adelaide St


William St


Edward St


Ann St (City)


Charlotte St


Gladstone Road


Ivory St


Boundary St


Archer St


Eagle St


Hill End Terrace


Deakin St