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V1 Veloway at Birdwood Rd

The Veloway 1 (V1) is a dedicated cycleway designed to connect people riding bikes between Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane and Eight Mile Plains, adjacent to the Pacific Motorway.

The 17 kilometre cycleway will provide a route for people travelling by bicycle.

Upgrades to the V1 are being made in stages to (partially) remove multiple road crossings and to improve safety where on-road crossings still exist.

V1 Stage E is currently under construction but is due for completion in mid 2020.

WBT supports these improvements to the Veloway 1 connection at Tarragindi. As ‘Space for Cycling’ recommends the best course is for a fly over this dangerous stretch of road for bikes.

As one cyclist comments:
“Transport Dept website makes it clear that the Birdwood road crossing at Tarragindi is not part of the V1 stage E, so the crossing will remain in place for some time to come. Lord knows how it will be done if they ever get to it . There is certainly not enough space to run it under the Busway and the Freeway. Hopefully they will tidy up the crossing and the road or footpath on the Southern side of Birdwood Road and broaden the waiting areas for bicycles at the crossing . They could also reset the lights for peak hours for commuter cyclists as Birdwood road is not all that busy for cars”

Space for Cycling Brisbane

An open letter to TMR and Brisbane City Council:

VelowayLeanWe are very much looking forward to the opening of Stage E of the V1 Veloway, which is scheduled for mid-2020. This will provide a dedicated cycle path from Birdwood Rd, Tarragindi to University Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt. It will not only make conditions safer and smoother for people who already ride this way, but it will encourage people onto bikes who have previously been deterred by the dangerous crossings⁠—particularly at Marshall Rd⁠—and cramped conditions along Bapaume Rd.

However we note that cyclists will still need to cross Birdwood Rd to connect from the new section of bikeway to the existing Veloway from there towards Greenslopes and the CBD. This crossing is unsafe even for the current level of use, let alone the additional riders who can be expected to travel this way once Stage E is opened.

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