Recent Northern Veloway meetings

Over the last few months CBD BUG representatives have had a series of meetings with state and local politicians to continue to push for a commitment to the Northern Veloway. Meetings to date have included Stirling Hinchliffe MP (Member for Stafford), Grace Grace MP (Member for Brisbane Central), Scott Emerson MP (Shadow Minister for Transport), Tim Nicholls MP (Member for Clayfield), Cr Helen Abrahams (Shadow for the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee), Cr David Hinchliffe (Councillor for Central Ward), Cr Kim Flesser (Councillor for Northgate Ward), Labor lord mayoral candidate Ray Smith, and staff of Annastacia Palaszczuk MP (Minister for Transport).

We have impressed upon them the importance of infrastructure, the terrible current state of affairs, and the opportunity provided by the U11 preserved corridor. Most of them see the issue and agree something needs to be done, but none of them have yet committed to addressing it.

Currently the ball is in the state government’s court. The new Queensland Cycle Strategy briefly mentions an ‘investigation’ into a northern cycleway (a downgrade from its earlier status as a ‘veloway’), but even after several years there’s still no timetable or firm commitment to building it. The government needs to start getting serious and unequivocally commit to building the veloway in a specific and short timeframe, certainly within the next term of government.

In the meantime we’re continuing to make our case to politicians and the media, and working with Council to make the best of what’s there.

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6 Responses to Recent Northern Veloway meetings

  1. chris says:

    How can I get involved in supporting this? We so need this. What meetings can I come to? What letters do I need to write?

    North Brisbane’s Kedron bikeway is so awesome, and passes so many tens of thousands of people’s homes, but you can’t safely get to the CBD from it!

    I can’t imagine how many people would switch to riding between northern Brisbane suburbs and the CBD if there were truly safe connections. Safe routes are needed – safe enough for aged people to ride, or parents with children in tow. We won’t get mass public adoption until there are paths of this standard.

    It’s a shame we’ll just keep building more BILLION dollar tunnels and highways while spending a pittance on cycle infrastructure. It’s getting there, but it’s obviously a low priority, despite the talk.

    BUILD THE CYCLE WAYS, AND THE ROADS WILL CLEAR!
    BUILD THE CYCLE WAYS, AND OUR ARTERIES WILL CLEAR!
    BUILD THE CYCLE WAYS, AND THE AIR WILL CLEAR!

  2. Les says:

    What is the difference between a cycleway and a veloway? Last time
    I checked Velo is french for Bike. Why use a French word to describe something in Brisbane? To the average person and I would suggest a lot of cyclists a cycleway and a veloway would be the same thing.

  3. Hi Chris, you can support us generally by joining the BUG. You can get more involved by sending us an email or coming to our monthly meetings and letting us know you’re interested in helping, and perhaps a bit about what areas you’re familiar with, etc. It’s a great help if you can write letters to the relevant politicians (above), in this case most importantly the Minister for Transport.

    We couldn’t agree more with your other comments. Thanks for your support!

  4. Hi Les, you’re right that the terminology is unclear. In Queensland ‘cycleway’ is generally used for any kind of on- or off-road bike route. The term ‘veloway’ has been adopted to refer to off-road or physically separated bikeways of a high standard and capacity, designed for serious transport use rather than just casual leisure use.

    From the Queensland Cycle Strategy (page 27):

    The veloway concept is about cycling infrastructure that is wide enough to cater for at least two cyclists riding side by side, with space for faster moving cyclists to safely overtake.

    These facilities encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride, for sports training, a social trip, or commuting.

    Veloways provide a very high standard cycling facility (wide path, straight alignment, good sight lines) and are intended for major cycling links where high numbers of cyclists are expected. Veloways are generally designed for higher travel speeds.

  5. Stephen says:

    The Veloway will be great, when it’s finished. But I fear that will be a long time, as it’s likely to require demolition of a number of houses on the old corridor by the rail line that was going to be for a freeway. It’s also likely to be tied to the construction of a fifth rail track.
    In the meantime, cyclists face the Albion-Wooloowin Death Corridor. It’s been 15 or 20 years since there have been any improvements to cycling infrastructure in the death corridor. The deterioration is obvious, with the so-called cycle path along Dickson St being more like a gravel-strewn obstacle course, full of parked cars forcing cyclists out into the way of impatient concrete-mixers. And Albion, which is in the middle of almost any possible route into the city from the north, is a cyclist’s nightmare.
    So nice though the Veloway will be, it’s important to fight for the interim solutions the city and state governments are planning to patch the worst of the problems for the next 10 years.
    Try writing to council at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/about-council/contact-council/write-to-council/index.htm and describing your particular concerns as an individual voter. That will help support the good work of CBDBug.

  6. Chris says:

    Albion-Wooloowin Death Corridor… Ha! That’s a good one! I’ll call it that from now on, although in retrospect, have there been any real deaths or serious injuries? That wouldn’t be funny at all

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