As mentioned in our email to members on Friday last week there have been issues with the detour near QUT due to the Northbank security upgrade project. Cyclists travelling south along the river from the city to QUT are diverted from the QUT CityCat terminal up next to the car park to Gardens Point Road. Signage at this location was poor, but Gardens Point Road is a one-way road for northbound traffic (away from QUT).
Last week police were reported intercepting cyclists on the detour, and this week workers at the site have been instructing southbound cyclists to dismount and use the footpath. Although it was by no means apparent, the intended detour for cyclists heading towards QUT and the Goodwill Bridge was to take a sharp right turn and use the narrow footpath. We do not have any information to indicate whether police were issuing tickets to cyclists using the road.
This situation has been extremely unsatisfactory and has caused significant conflict over the last few days. CBD BUG representatives and other members have been attempting to have this situation resolved and, as of mid morning, there is now a protected, contra-flow bike lane in place.
Southbound cyclists (towards QUT) should use the new lane, or may ride on the footpath if they prefer. Northbound cyclists (away from QUT) should use the main road lane, or may ride on the footpath if they prefer. Cyclists using the footpath should be alert for and considerate of pedestrians also using the path. All cyclists should exercise caution due to the narrowness of the lanes in each direction (1.5 m southbound for cyclists only, and 3.0 m northbound for cyclists and motor vehicles).
This change should be a significant improvement on the previous situation, and is expected to be in place for the next few months. If you have any further issues with it please let us know.
Additional information provided by BCC is below:
An on-road contra flow bike lane has been provided by placing water filled barriers along Gardens Point Road between the bikeway entry/exit to and from the river and the entry to Parliamentary Annexe (PA) car park B. The barriers have been placed 1.5m from the face of kerb and will extend from the bikeway exit/entry to the slip lane adjacent to car park B. This will leave a lane of approx 3.0m for general traffic and cyclists riding to the pathway through the car parks to the bikeway along the river.
The slip lane from the Parliamentary car parks cannot be closed off for logistic reasons. Cyclists should ride across this slip lane to the kerb ramp on the traffic island and then continue across to the footpath before crossing the road to either continue south on Gardens Point Road or cycle through the ‘Shared Zone’ through QUT. Gardens Point Road is one way in this location and cyclists should not ride across it to join the southbound section of the road.
A Traffic Controller will be stationed at this location during peak hour periods to advise cyclists of the correct route.
Cyclists heading south through this precinct are advised to use the lane or the footpath provided and not ride along Gardens Point Road which is one way northbound through this location. They should also comply with directions from either the Traffic Controllers and/or the Police.
Cyclists riding north along Gardens Point Road to the pathway to the river should continue to ride on the road and exercise caution now that the road is narrower with the barriers in place. They can also ride on the footpath, although in peak hour times, there may be many pedestrians also using the footpath.
This detour will be in place for up to 3 months while work on the closed section is completed.
For further information about the project or the detour, please contact the State Government project office on 1800 396 046.