THE Queensland Government last month announced the opening of the $24 million Stage D section of Brisbane's Veloway (V1) Cycleway, which enables cyclists to enjoy a seamless journey from the CBD to Holland Park West.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey described the Stage D section – which links Lewisham Street in Greenslopes-Tarragindi to O'Keefe Street Buranda – as a critical link in the 17-kilometre cycle path connecting the CBD to Eight Mile Plans.
"Whether you ride for transport or recreation, this is a very exciting stage in the progress of the V1. We know more Queenslanders want to cycle, and off-road bike paths like the V1 make cycling safer and encourage 'more cycling, more often'," Mr Bailey said.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the most recent stage of works included the installation of an 83-metre long cycle bridge over Lewisham Street, as well as bridges over the very busy Cornwall and Juliette streets and a ramp leading to O'Keefe Street.
"The new Veloway elevates cyclists up and over two of the busiest intersections on the southside which will save up to ten minutes travel time as well huge safety improvements," she said.
The completion of this stage means that Stages A to D are now complete. The State Government recently announced $45 million for construction of Stage E, which will connect Birdwood Road in Holland Park West to Gaza Road in Tarragindi and is due for completion in late 2019.
The Veloway 1 (V1) is a dedicated three-metre wide cycling freeway that, once complete, will connect cyclists along a separated 17-kilometre journey from Brisbane city to the Gateway Motorway off-ramp at Eight Mile Plains (along Pacific Motorway).
More information about the project is available from the Department of Transport and Main Roads website at <https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/V/Veloway-1-Pacific-Motorway>.