Cycling corridors to be expanded and links to existing bike paths open up Moreton Bay Region
Several area's in the Moreton Bay Region have been identified for funding to expand existing, create new bike ways and connect with other existing bike ways to make the cycling experience more useful and enjoyable.
Details released by Transport and Main Roads under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) for 2016–17 to 2019–20.
One of the projects The State Government has contributed $450,000 hand in hand with the Moreton Bay Regional Council also contributing and equal share towards new cycling facilities in the $6.4 million Dohles Rocks Rd and Bruce Highway interchange upgrade.
It is expected this will deliver 320m of 2.5m-wide shared pathway and 400m of on-road cycle lanes at the interchange.
It is understood that this run will be of an East-West Configuration and will service for both cyclists and pedestrians with links to the existing bike lanes and footpaths on Dohles Rocks Rd.
There are other bike ways under the approval stage as well which includes: Deception Bay Road - Wattle Road project taking in Morris Road and Gynther Road with funding shared between State Government and MBRC to the tune of $1,050,000 each.
The Klingner Road Project taking in Anzac Avenue - Ashmole Road with funding of 850,000 from State Government and MBRC contributing each.
Finally the Buchanan Road Project taking in Visentin Road - Devine Court will deliver a finished product for use costing $350,000 to each the State Government and MBRC .
Already there are calls for future plans by advocates to expand or create cycle path alongside the Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Rd to Bald Hills as well as from Elimbah to Burpengary as well as Caboolture to Wamuran along the D'aguilar Highway.
Bike path funding is assessed based on merit of the application with key indicators such as:
Connectivity – identifies the number and diversity of trip attractors that will be made accessible by the project, providing connectivity for the local and regional community.
Demand – measures the population surrounding the project to determine the anticipated demand and potential benefit of the project.
Network Enhancement – measures the contribution of the project to the principal cycle network and evaluates the positive physical impact of the project in terms of addressing barriers in the network.
Safety – measures the safety and usability of a project by assessing the technical aspects of the project proposal, including design treatments for cyclists and crime prevention.
Cost Effectiveness – assesses the cost effectiveness of a project by measuring the benefits of the project against the project cost.
Strategic Importance – evaluates the project against current strategic priorities of both the department and council to ensure infrastructure is delivered where it will have the most positive impact on the principal cycle network.