Brisbane City Council releases active transport strategy

BRISBANE City Council this month released the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012-2026, which aims to create a high quality, connected, accessible pathway network and attract people to walk and cycle.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Strategy, which sets a target of 1 in 5 transport trips to be undertaken by walking or cycling by 2026, outlines Council's plan to deliver a high-quality pathway network and make walking and cycling an easy choice for Brisbane people.

The Strategy's vision is for the creation of a high quality, connected and accessible pathway network that will attract people of all ages to walk and cycle. Its aim is for people to recognise that active transport has health, congestion reduction, environmental and economic benefits.

"I want Brisbane to be an accessible city with active residents taking advantage of our beautiful climate, our neighbourhood parks and our riverside city aspect, by travelling along our footpaths, bikeways and bridges," Cr Quirk said.

"After all, active travel has health, congestion reduction, environmental and money-saving benefits for the individual and the city, so there are plenty of reasons to get active."

According to the Council, an outcome of consultation for the strategy was that residents indicated they would like to see more separated pedestrian/cyclist pathways, speed reductions, improvements to the connection of paths and more shading along pathways.

Cr Quirk said this will be delivered through measures such as campaigns, consultation and promotion programs, school education programs, new zoning, signage, lighting, infrastructure investment and integration into city planning.

"The strategy also details our strategy to help pedestrians and cyclists plan their trip by making information available at their fingertips through maps, Council's website and printed materials," Cr Quirk said.

The Lord Mayor said the Council had made a significant investment in cycling and delivered many missing links that substantially increased the city's bikeway network, adding that it is providing $120 million over the next four years for the Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program to deliver a more connected bikeway network.

The Strategy states that the greatest potential for future increases in cycling are expected to come from commuter, higher education and recreation trips, supported by the implementation of the new Brisbane bicycle infrastructure plan.

In addition, it expects the highest increases in walking to come from local shopping and school trips, as a result of programs such as the Active Communities and Active School Travel programs.

The Strategy contains a number of actions and initiatives to achieve five active transport priorities:

Priority One: Encouraging walking and cycling

  • Action one: Making active transport inclusive and accessible to all Brisbane residents;
  • Action two: Improve safety on busy pathways by increasing awareness of shared path rules;
  • Action three: Expanding the Active School Travel program to introduce a comprehensive and targeted high school program; and
  • Action four: Encourage behaviour change by supporting active transport events, businesses and research.

Priority Two: Walking and cycling friendly suburbs

  • Action one: Selecting new communities to become model 'active communities' to improve local walking and cycling networks;
  • Action two: Creating walking and cycling zones around public transport stations to access;
  • Action three: Integration into the new City Plan, including Neighbourhood Plans, Priority Infrastructure Plans and Development Assessment;
  • Action four: Support for the Ward Footpath Trust Fund;
  • Action five: People of all ages and abilities considered in planning for walking and cycling projects.

Priority Three: A connected commuter network

  • Action one: Continue to create a network of high quality cycle paths with separation from cars and pedestrians in high-use areas;
  • Action two: Complete planning for a Brisbane Bicycle Infrastructure Plan;
  • Action three: Establish a commuter route marker and signage program;
  • Action four: Provision of mid-journey facilities, such as water taps, bike racks and seating, as well as a trial of bicycle pump and maintenance stands;
  • Action five: Provision of key active transport links along railway corridors; and
  • Action six: Opportunities will be investigated and promoted to make CityCycle hire scheme more attractive.

Priority Four: A safe and accessible network

  • Action one: Separating Brisbane's busiest bike paths;
  • Action two: Overcoming cycling barriers, such as railway lines, motorways and large areas lacking through access;
  • Action three: Blackspots and mid-block crossing improvement program;
  • Action four: A dedicated focus on improving intersection crossings;
  • Action five: Supporting the ongoing roll-out of innovative lighting and safety signage;
  • Action six: Continue existing Safe School Travel (SafeST) program; and
  • Action seven: Foster partnerships with all levels of government.

Priority Five: Information at your fingertips

  • Action one: Online information to allow access to maps, route planning, shared path rules and network closures;
  • Action two: Bikeway maps on smartphones;
  • Action three: Improving information in response to floods and natural disasters;
  • Action four: Continue to roll out electronic counters to provide data on pedestrian and cyclist movements; and
  • Action five: Working with organisations and businesses.

More information about the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012 – 2026 is available from the Brisbane City Council website at <http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/>. The Strategy is also available directly from <http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/downloads/about_council/governance_strategy/active_transport_strategy_2012-2026.pdf> (PDF: 5.57 MB).

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