Upgrade work for the final stage of the Bicentennial Bikeway is commencing this week, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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The Bicentennial Bikeway between Land Street, Toowong and the west side of the Regatta Ferry Terminal will be upgraded in this fourth stage.

Bicentennial Bikeway is one of Australia’s most popular bikeways, carrying 6,500 pedestrians and cyclists each day.  The Bikeway runs along the river from Toowong to the City and this upgrade will improve safety for users and provide even more opportunities to enjoy our city.

We have been progressively upgrading the Bicentennial Bikeway since 2009 and this project is part of my commitment to a record investment of $120 million over four years to deliver new and upgraded bicycle infrastructure across the city through the Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program.

The Bicentennial Bikeway upgrade Stage 4 works will involve upgrading 550 metres of pathway from Land Street to Landsborough Terrace, widening it to incorporate a 3.5 metre wide cyclist path and a 2 metre wide pedestrian path.

These measures will improve safety for all users by separating cyclist and pedestrian areas, incorporating new merging and turning lanes for the bike path, and improving sight lines – particularly near the Land Street tunnel area.

We will also be building a larger waiting area with a lookout deck and seating walls at the Sylvan Road intersection, with a ramp down to the Regatta Ferry Terminal.

The design for the new bikeway incorporates an elevated pedestrian walkway that is fashioned in the shape of a rowing boat – to reflect Toowong’s rowing and regatta history.

This important cycle and pedestrian link is Brisbane’s busiest bikeway and is a shining example of our city’s enviable outdoor lifestyle.

Detours in place as part of the Stage 4 construction from mid-May to its reopening in mid-2015.

Due to the popularity of the Bicentennial Bikeway a cyclist-only temporary side track will be open from 5am to 8pm to minimise disruptions for cyclists.

Pedestrians will be able to detour via Booth Street and Lang Parade on the inbound side of Coronation Drive.

Thank you for your patience throughout this project. If you would like to know more about the Bicentennial Bikeway upgrade or any of Council’s other bicycle infrastructure or programs, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.