Cycling plans and resources

There are many cycling plans and resources to improve the cycling network and encourage more riders to utilise the existing cycling infrastructure. The following references link to local, state and federal government plans to improve the cycling network and technical standards for off-road and on-road cycling facilities.

Brisbane City Council plans and resources

Brisbane Vision

Brisbane Vision is our shared vision for the future of Brisbane. It is an aspirational planning tool that promotes greater cycling in Brisbane’s future. This vision sets a target completion of over 1700 kilometres of bikeway networks by 2031.

Brisbane City Plan 2014

Brisbane City Plan 2014 is Council's plan for the future development of Brisbane. It guides how land in Brisbane can be used and developed. It also helps plan for infrastructure to support growth and create a more diversified economy while continuing to protect our city's enviable way of life. 

Transport Plan for Brisbane - Strategic Directions

The Transport Plan for Brisbane - Strategic Directions has been developed to guide the evolution of our city’s transport network over the next 25 years as Brisbane grows and evolves. Active travel is a key part of the transport plan, including outcomes and transport directions focused on creating a clean, green, sustainable city and improving community health and wellbeing.

Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012-2026

The Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012-2026 sets out Council's strategies to create a high quality, connected, accessible pathway network which will attract people of all ages to walk and cycle. Encouraging active transport is all part of Council's balanced approach to reducing Brisbane's traffic congestion and is a great way for residents to stay active and healthy.

Cycling network maps

The existing and proposed future cycling network Bicycle Overlay Map is available through Council's CityPlan online.

The existing cycling network is also incorporated into Google Maps and Nearmap.

Queensland Government plans and resources

Queensland Cycle Strategy 2017-2027

The Queensland Government's cycling vision is 'more cycling more often' on safe, direct and connected routes. The Queensland Cycle Strategy 2017-2027 sets the direction for cycling to achieve this vision and get more people on bikes for school, work, leisure and shopping trips.

Queensland Parliamentary inquiry into cycling issues

In June 2013, the Queensland Legislative Assembly requested the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee inquire and report on issues to improve the interaction of cyclists with other road users. The inquiry received 106 submissions from a wide range of cycling stakeholders, including Council, and on 29 November 2013 the Committee tabled its report which made 68 recommendations aimed at improving cycle safety. 

National plans and resources

Australian Cycling – The National Strategy

The Australian National Cycling Strategy has been developed as a coordinating framework identifying responsibilities that lie with the various levels of government, the community and industry stakeholders, to encourage and facilitate increased cycling in Australia.

Technical standards

Brisbane City Council standard drawings

Brisbane City Council provides standard drawings for off-road and on-road cycling facilities.


Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides (2014) contains information that relates to the planning, design and traffic management of cycling facilities and is sourced from Austroads Guides, primarily the Guide to Road Design, the Guide to Traffic Management and the Guide to Road Safety.

The Guide to Road Design - Part 6A: Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths provides guidance for road designers and other practitioners on the design of paths for safe and efficient walking and cycling.

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

The MUTCD and its supplements contain the design of, and the methods, standards and procedures in relation to signs, signals, markings, lights or devices, installed on a road, bikeway or shared pathway in Queensland. The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads also publishes the Traffic and Road Use Management (TRUM) Manual tor provide additional guidance for road and bikeway design in Queensland. Practices published in the MUTCD and its supplements take precedence over the TRUM except in cases where TRUM manual guidelines have been published after the MUTCD.

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