Minister for Transport
The Honourable Rachel Nolan
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Work starts on $1.6M Noble St Cycle Bridge
Construction has begun on a new $1.6 million cycle and pedestrian bridge across Enoggera Creek at Noble Street, Herston.
Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the bridge was jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and would provide a vital link between cycleways in Brisbaneâ€™s inner northern suburbs.
â€œThis is part of the Bligh Governmentâ€™s commitment, along with local councils, to establish a $556 million South East Queensland Cycle Network from Noosa to the Gold Coast and Ipswich,â€ Ms Nolan said.
â€œWe want to encourage people to walk, jog or cycle more often and we are providing dedicated pathways where they can do so in safety.
â€œPeople who commute by cycling are not only enjoying a healthier lifestyle and saving money they are also making a contribution to reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.â€
Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace said the new cycle and pedestrian bridge would be a significant step forward for the Bligh Governmentâ€™s Q2 Green targets.
â€œThe Bligh Government wants to protect our lifestyle and environment from the challenges of climate change and population growth and projects such as this will help us reach these targets,â€ Ms Grace said.
â€œThis new cycle and pedestrian bridge will be a great addition to the current cycle and pedestrian walks in inner-city Brisbane and Iâ€™m sure residents of my electorate will greatly appreciate this new infrastructure.â€
The new bridge is being constructed and is expected to be completed by September.
Features of the new bridge include:
Â·four metres wide and 80 metres long
Â·a safe link over Enoggera Creek â€“ a popular route for cyclists travelling from the northern suburbs via the Victoria Park Bikeway
Â·a connection from Noble Street to Fagan Road in Herston
Â·an easier ride to the King George Square Cycle Centre and the CBD via the state-funded Normanby Pedestrian and Cycle Link.
â€œCyclists will also have the convenience of a world-class end-of-trip facility with the recently announced $8 million Royal Brisbane Womenâ€™s Hospital Cycle Centre expected to be open in September,â€ Ms Nolan said.
â€œThe government is proud of its achievements to build better cycling infrastructure for Queensland, including the recently completed Toowong Cycle and Pedestrian Overpass in March 2009, which links Mount Coot-tha Road to the Western Freeway Bikeway and the Brisbane CBD.
â€œThe Queensland Government remains committed to managing congestion by providing integrated transport and promoting green transport options.â€
Bicycle Queensland Manager Ben Wilson said the stateâ€™s peak cycling body also strongly supported the project.
"This bridge will help make cycling from the north side of Brisbane more desirable and accessible as well as increasing the safety of cyclists," Mr Wilson said.
â€œThe new bridge will provide a better link to Herston and the CBD from the northern suburbs.â€
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