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Changes to Gabba bikeway design

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Mitchell Bright
28 Fewings Street

Total Signatures - 144

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 18/09/2018

Tabled Date: 18/09/2018

Responded By: Hon Mark Bailey MP on 18/10/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the decision by the Queensland Government to not close the slip lane to the Pacific Motorway thus preventing the proposed project design for the Woolloongabba Bikeway. This decision removed priority from people walking and cycling without consultation with bicycle and pedestrian groups or the wider community.

Most roads in South Brisbane are poor for cycling and walking. Vulture St, Grey St, Stanley St, Annerley Rd and Montague Rd are hostile for people who want to get around by bicycle. The intersection of Annerley Rd and Stanley St was the location of the tragic death of Danish student Rebekka Meyer. The coronial recommendations were the catalyst for the design of the Woolloongabba Bikeway.

The Woolloongabba Bikeway design was supported by pedestrian and bicycle user groups. Overruling the project design disrespects the community who spent considerable time and effort contributing to the consultation and design process; disrespects decisions of professional traffic engineers and planners who worked to design for safety, convenience and traffic flow; and disrespects people who get around South Brisbane by walking and cycling.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to please reconsider the decision and reinstate the pedestrian and bicycle friendly design to Stanley Street which removed motor vehicle traffic turning left across the bikeway and footpath at Leopard St as this was the design approved by the community consultation process, designed by professionals and agreed to by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Brisbane City Council.