A group of inner-Brisbane residents has launched a grassroots campaign urging Brisbane City Council to prioritise separated cycling lanes along one of the city’s busiest roads.
- A new community campaign is calling for separated cycling lanes on Annerley Road
- The south Brisbane thoroughfare carries 26,000 cars daily
- One cyclist allegedly grazed by a car says more needs to be done
Annerley Road, in Brisbane’s inner-south, is a major thoroughfare in and out of South Brisbane, carrying about 25,600 vehicles daily between Gladstone Road and Ipswich Road.
While some sections of Annerley Road have painted or separated cycling lanes, between Ipswich Road and Gladstone Road cyclists must use the road or the footpath.
Local resident Paul Guard and his one-year-old daughter recently avoided a serious accident on Annerley Road, after allegedly being grazed by a car while cycling across a side-street intersection.
While he and his daughter were relatively unhurt, Mr Guard said it was a scary experience.
“It just brought home the fact that we do have to be very careful,” Mr Guard said.
“At the moment because of the lack of infrastructure, it’s inherently unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists and I think that needs to change.
“People need to be more careful driving, and secondly the infrastructure needs to be improved so it’s much more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.”
Campaign for cycling
Mr Guard is part of a new community group called Active Travel for Annerley.
On Thursday the group published an open letter signed by 15 community organisations including Queensland Walks, Bicycle Queensland and five parents and citizens’ associations from schools in the area.
“Protected bike lanes along Annerley Road would make a big difference,” Mr Guard said.
“Not only for bikes but also pedestrians, because if you take the bikes off the footpaths there’s more room for pedestrians as well.”
The open letter also calls for more pedestrian crossings, improvements to a pedestrian crossing near Dutton Park Station, lowering the speed limit on Annerley road from 60kph to 50 or 40kph, and improving local bus routes.
Annerley Road falls under the jurisdiction of Brisbane City Council, as does most cycling infrastructure in the city.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who is also the local MP for Miller, Greens MP Amy MacMahon, independent councillor Nicole Johnston, Labor councillor Steve Griffiths and Greens councillor Jonathan Sriranganathan have all signed the open letter.
Mr Bailey said he strongly supported a separated cycleway.
“I have often ridden this route on my way to work and it is dangerous for cyclists with the threat of numerous parked cars opening doors, many blind spots on its curves and complicated intersections at Fairfield Road and Annerley Road near the cemetery, as well as the Annerley Road and Gladstone Road intersection,” he said.
Ms Johnston said she had worked closely with the group on the letter.
“The lack of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure around Annerley is a huge safety problem and lives continue to be lost through the lord mayor and the LNP council’s inaction,” she said.
Council wants more active travel
The council’s acting infrastructure spokesman, councillor Peter Matic, said one section of Annerley Road was identified as a strategic cycling route.
“Active travel is something we always want to see more of as it’s a cleaner, greener and more sustainable way to move around our great city,” Mr Matic said.
“The section of Annerley Road between Stanley Street and Gladstone Road currently has some sections of on and off-road bike lanes.
“The section is also identified under council’s planning as a strategic cycle route, meaning that investigations and feasibility studies to determine if cycling lanes are safe and practical will be considered in line with other citywide priorities.”