Brisbane has called for tenders for the construction of the first 150 bicycle hire parking stations as reported in the Brisbane Times. Councillor Sutton has a valid question as to where cyclists will be able to ride. The paucity of safe cycle facilities in the CBD and Fortitude Valley is a major deterrent to potential cyclists, not to mention the need to wear a helmet.
There is huge potential for providing cycleways similar to the one in George Street on several of our city streets. Elizabeth Street and the lower end of Queen Street would make a great link across the CBD, a safe shortcut across the city. Linking to the pathways along the river would need some clever planning.
Linking the new cycle centre in Roma Street to Albert Street through the Mall would be good but the number of pedestrians would make it difficult to safely cycle through the mall. The Malls Act prevents cyclists using this section - a huge pity. The taxi parking would need to be moved to make this possible.
Continuing the cycleway along George Street would be fantastic but would need some clever traffic management and the poor taxis will get moved on again.
These are just idle ramblings on a Sunday afternoon. Anyone else out there with dreams for a network of cycleways through the city?