What Brisbane will look like in 2031

In the year 2031 Brisbane locals will be greener, cleaner and healthier living in one of the world’s top ten lifestyle cities, according to Brisbane City Council’s first Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 report.

The ambitious plan would see more than 120 million bus trips made every year, seven million ferry journeys taken and more than 24,000 cycling trips made every day.

Brisbane City Council said going green with transport was the single, most effective way to help transform Brisbane into a sustainable city.

“Choosing a bike, bus, ferry, train or a brisk walk over driving has multiple benefits, from reducing congestion and making the city more liveable to improving health and wellbeing,” the Council said.

“To effectively compete with cars, walking or catching public transport around Brisbane must be safe, convenient, affordable and enjoyable.

“Trips should be fast, frequent and reliable, getting people where they need to go on time.”

Other priority actions for greener transport included investing in new and upgraded public transport
infrastructure, making the public transport fleet cleaner and attractive to patrons, expanding Brisbane’s active transport networks and supporting the community to make more sustainable transport choices.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk told the Brisbane Times this was Council’s most ambitious environmental agenda in the city’s history.

“We have a vision of Brisbane being a top-10 lifestyle city globally,” Cr Quirk said.

RACQ’s Greg Miszkowycz said the Club supported Council’s plan to keep Brisbane moving in the future, especially initiatives to improve active transport across the city.

“Brisbane really needs continued upgrades to the cycling network in Brisbane CBD and surrounds, so it is great to see the commitment to a $100 million bikeway infrastructure program connecting Brisbane’s top employment areas, as well as improve bikeway links across Woolloongabba, Toowong, Kangaroo Point and Indooroopilly,” Mr Miszkowycz said.

“We need to have an integrated approach across all levels of transportation in Brisbane to give locals realistic alternatives to leaving the car at home and making the switch.”