Better bike paths not blocked roads: RACQ

RACQ has renewed calls for investment in safe, connected, and separated cycling infrastructure after a report suggested roads should be closed to cars on Sundays in favour of bike riders.

Brisbane Times reported McKellin Institute paper called for some inner-city roads to be closed for safe weekend cycling events to promote riding, similar to initiatives held in Los Angeles. 

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said infrequent special cycling events should be planned well in advance and required a traffic management plan. 

“Sundays are still an important day for business in the city so we need driving access because cars are not only critical in the supply chain but are necessary for accessibility for those less able to walk or ride,” Dr Michael said. 

“Certain roads could be closed for occasional cycling events without significantly impacting traffic flow but for these we would need a traffic management plan, plenty of advance notice and community consultations.

Dr Michael said the best way to get the public on to bikes was through better infrastructure. 

“We need separated cycling paths on all new roads because by moving cyclists out of general use lanes and off our roads we will reduce the risk of collisions,” she said. 

“We want the next government to introduce a framework to ensure our bike paths are at better a standard so people know they’re riding on a great, safe path with good lighting and shading and one which gets them to their destination quickly. 

“It’s why we’ve lobbied our politicians to deliver improved safety and connectivity for cyclists and road users across Queensland.”

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