RACQ supports call for bike lanes in Brisbane CBD

The State’s peak motoring body has supported a proposal to install a series of segregated bike lanes throughout the Brisbane CBD in a bid to ease congestion and improve safety for cyclists.

The Brisbane Times reported Brisbane lord mayoral candidate Patrick Condren would consider a network of bike lanes throughout the city by removing on-street car parking, to provide greater separation between cyclists and vehicles.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said while the plan was in the line with the Club’s vision for a connected bicycle network in the CBD, it required careful investigation.

“Cyclists already have good quality cycling infrastructure leading to the heart of the city, but once there, they have limited safe on-road facilities for them to complete their journey, or start the return trek back home,” Dr Michael said.

“A connected bicycle network along strategic CBD roads would ensure cyclists can move around the city in a safer road environment, in more sustainable ways.

“The lanes would need to be carefully integrated into the road network to minimise the impacts on important services like loading zones, and other road users including pedestrians.”

Dr Michael said the Club recommended an economic analysis be undertaken to help identify suitable locations for the lanes, to ensure shopping, dining and retail precincts were not impacted by the removal of on-street parking.

“These areas bring in high volumes of people and traffic, so it’s important they’re taken into account before any decision is made,” she said.

“At the end of the day, our already high-density city continues to grow and there just isn’t enough space for everyone to drive in and park, but initiatives like cycle lanes provide more options for everyone to get around – its about balancing everyone’s needs.”