Brisbane Off-Road Cycling project
Council is creating a city-wide plan to guide future long term investment in off-road cycling facilities for children, adults, and families within bushland reserves and parks.
This is part of Brisbane City Council's commitment to creating a clean and green Brisbane. A Brisbane that is liveable and sustainable for future generations.
The planning priority for bushland reserves is nature conservation, followed by the provision of outdoor recreation opportunities.
There is a growing demand for off-road cycling in Brisbane, which includes:
- mountain bike riding
- gravel riding
- riding on trails
- pump tracks
- skill tracks
- dirt jumps.
Within Council bushland reserves, off-road cycling opportunities mostly include:
- riding mountain bikes on designated tracks and trails in Mt Coot-tha Reserve and Toohey Forest Park
- cycling on a bikeway that runs through Boondall Wetlands.
In 2003, Mt Coot-tha Reserve became the first and only designated location for a mountain bike single track in Brisbane. Today the tracks and trails at Mt Coot-tha are used more than 700,000 times each year. Due to the high level of use, at peak times the mountain bike facilities are at capacity. This high demand for off-road facilities has also led to unauthorised trail construction in inappropriate areas across the city.
About the project
The project aims to meet the needs of the rapidly growing off-road cycling community by developing a plan to provide a safe, well-planned and connected outdoor recreation network that is accessible. The plan would also cater to children, adults, families and people of varying abilities.
Council is committed to establishing recreation infrastructure that protects the significant environmental value within bushland reserves.
The planning process is reviewing bushland reserves across the city for potential future off-road cycling facilities. This includes the priority of conserving the natural environment and identifying suitable low impact locations such as existing fire trails and non-vegetated areas.
The Brisbane Off-Road Cycling project aims to provide safe and sustainable recreation opportunities that offer better protection for bushland reserves.
The Brisbane Off-Road Cycling project will focus on:
- getting more people outdoors into nature, having fun and getting fit and healthy
- identifying locations across the city for off-road cycling facilities that better protect the natural habitat
- providing an accessible network of safe off-road cycling facilities in parks and bushland reserves
- meeting the growing needs of the off-road cycling community with a well-planned and connected outdoor recreation network.
Thank you to everybody who provided ideas for planning for future off-road cycling facilities around Brisbane.
The project received a significant amount of community feedback from key stakeholder workshops, drop-in information sessions and online survey.
The project team is working through this valuable data to inform the development of draft concept plans for the north, east, south and west regions of Brisbane.
In the development of these draft plans, Council and the specialist consultant are also considering matters such as outdoor recreation and off-road cycling planning principles, current and future demand, high-level site values assessments (including environmental values), learnings from latest research and case studies, and off-road cycling gap analysis.
Due to the significant amount of community feedback and the comprehensive analysis that is being undertaken, the draft concept plans are anticipated to be released for community feedback in late 2020.
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|December 2018||Specialist consultant appointed|
|Early 2019||Project planning and internal consultation|
|March-May 2019||Consultation with key stakeholder groups and the broader community via workshops, information sessions and online survey|
|Mid-2019 - Mid-2020||Analysis of community feedback and development of draft concept plans, incorporating community input and planning principles, environmental constraints, current research, site assessments and projected demand|
|Late 2020||Draft concept plans released for community feedback|
|Early 2021||Concept plans finalised and released to the public|
|Pending future budget allocation||Detailed design for planned facilities, including further site, environmental and geotechnical investigations|
|Pending future budget allocation||Construction|
For more information about the Brisbane Off-Road Cycling project, you can:
- email the project team
- phone Council on 07 3403 8888
- write to:
Biodiversity and Conservation Planning
Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability Branch
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.