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.