THE Queensland Government last week said that a $45 million project to make cycling to the CBD from Brisbane's southside safer and faster is a step closer, with companies invited to tender for Stage E of the Veloway 1 (V1).
This last stage will provide an elevated bicycle freeway from Birdwood Road, Holland Park, to Gaza Road, Tarragindi, and will complete the dedicated 17-kilometre long cycleway between Eight Mile Plains and the CBD.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the V1 had already transformed Brisbane's south by providing for safe cycling separated from traffic on the southside of Brisbane, with cycleway bridges soaring over Marshall Road, Sterculia Avenue and the Gaza Road off-ramp.
The call for tenders follows the completion in December last year of the $24 million Stage D section, which links Lewisham Street in Greenslopes-Tarragindi to O'Keefe Street in Buranda.
Stage A (Logan Road (exit 14) to Miles Platting Road, Eight Mile Plains), Stage B (Miles Platting Road to Gateway Motorway off-ramp, Eight Mile Plains) and Stage C (Lewisham Street, Greenslopes to Birdwood Road, Holland Park West) have all been completed.
It is estimated that about 1,600 cyclists per day are currently using the existing sections of V1, compared to approximately 1,000 in 2011.
The successful tenderer for the final stage is due to be announced by mid-2018, with construction planned to start soon after and be completed in late 2019.
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>.