CityLink Cycleway trial

Brisbane City Council is committed to expanding our city’s active transport network to deliver safe, convenient and connected bikeways and help improve active transport options for Brisbane residents, visitors and commuters.

On average, one car in Brisbane only carries 1.1 people, but takes up the same space as five people riding a bike. Since January 2020, active travel has increased by 16% in Brisbane with more people choosing to walk and ride compared to the same period last year, while the number of people riding a bike to work in the city more than doubled between 2006 and 2016.

Council's CityLink Cycleway trial will deliver a network of dedicated cycling facilities to encourage even more Brisbane residents, visitors and commuters to use sustainable modes of transport and help reduce the need for car-based travel into the city centre. 

Project summary

This table provides summary information about the CItyLink Cycleway trial including address, ward, project outcomes and latest news.
Address Brisbane City
Ward Central and The Gabba Ward
Project outcomes Improve active transport, connectivity and safety
Latest news
  • Construction complete on Elizabeth and Edward streets in late February 2021.
  • CityLink Cycleway 12-month trial started late February 2021. 
  • William Street to Grey Street (via Victoria Bridge) started construction in late January 2021


About the CityLink Cycleway

Council is trialling a new separated two-way bikeway in stages along selected streets in the city centre, including:

  • Elizabeth Street, between William and Creek streets
  • Edward Street, between Elizabeth and Alice streets
  • William Street to Grey Street, via Victoria Bridge.

In each of these locations, the bikeway will occupy a kerbside traffic lane and will separate cyclists from vehicle movements using raised yellow kerbing.

The trial may also be extended to other parts of Brisbane’s city centre in future stages, including:

  • Albert Street, between Mary and Alice streets
  • Alice Street, between Edward and William streets
  • North Quay, between Ann Street and Victoria Bridge
  • Melbourne Street, between Grey and Merivale streets in South Brisbane.

Design for the CityLink Cycleway trial on Albert Street will be released to the community in the future, with delivery currently planned to align with the completion of the Cross River Rail station on Albert Street. 

The CityLink Cycleway is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government. The project is jointly funded through Council’s Active Transport Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) and the Queensland Government Works for Queensland grants program.

CityLink Cycleway benefits

The overall benefits are to:

  • provide a safe, connected and accessible cycleway
  • provide more active travel opportunities by complementing the existing bikeways and shared pathway network for cyclists commuting into the city centre
  • improve cyclist accessibility to places of work and local amenities such as shopping precincts and recreational parks and activities in Brisbane’s city centre
  • improve safety for people walking, riding and driving, and decrease carbon emissions.

This trial is part of Council’s commitment to getting you home quicker and safer by creating dedicated bikeways and walking options.

CityLink Cycleway connections

The CityLink Cycleway will fill in the missing link for cyclists journeying into Brisbane’s city centre. Now, dedicated bikeways will make the journey by bicycle safer and more efficient.

For alternative text of this map, download the CityLink Cycleway trial - project introduction newsletter - September 2020 document.


The chosen alignment helps to meet the overall long-term city centre network requirements to reduce the volume of vehicle movements within the city and improve safety for all road users. 

A range of criteria was used to determine the alignment, including:

  • connectivity to existing, future and proposed bikeways and active transport bridges
  • accessibility to activity sites within the city centre
  • topography, gradients and directness of travel within the network
  • ability and desire for use by both cyclists to reduce congestion on footpaths for pedestrians.

Construction of CityLink Cycleway

Elizabeth and Edward streets

Works on Elizabeth Street and Edward streets were completed in late February 2021 and the bikeways are open for public use.

Construction of the CityLink Cycleway on Elizabeth and Edward streets will involve:

  • installing a separated two-way bikeway on one side of Elizabeth and Edward streets, including raised yellow kerbs, line marking and signage
  • altering traffic lane markings at various intersections to improve delineation for cyclists and vehicle movements
  • removing, updating or relocating signage and line marking for changes to kerbside parking in the city
  • upgrading traffic lanterns to include cyclist movements at intersections. 

For more information about the design on Elizabeth Street and Edward Street, download the:

William Street to Grey Street (via Victoria Bridge)

Works between William Street and Grey Street (via Victoria Bridge) started from the week commencing 25 January 2021 and are expected to be completed in March 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

Construction of the CityLink Cycleway between William Street and Grey Street involves:

  • converting a kerbside traffic lane to a separated two-way bikeway on Victoria Bridge, Melbourne Street, and a portion of William Street and Stanley Street, including raised yellow kerbs, line marking and signage
  • widening a section of footpath on William Street to create a shared path
  • constructing new kerb build-outs at various locations on William Street
  • constructing new kerb ramps at William Street, Stanley Street and Melbourne Street
  • altering traffic lane markings at various intersections to improve delineation for cyclist and vehicle movements
  • removing signage and line marking where motorcycle and coach parking will be removed
  • upgrading traffic lanterns to include cyclist movements at intersections.

For more information about the design between William Street and Grey Street, via Victoria Bridge, download the:

Construction working hours

To minimise impacts to road users and ensure safety for road workers, the majority of works will be undertaken at night between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday. Where possible, works will be undertaken during the day between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. 

Council is committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity in their area and will provide advance notification to affected residents and businesses of any particularly noisy or impactful out-of-hours works.

Construction impacts

Local residents, businesses and road users in close proximity to the worksite may experience:

  • increased activity around the worksite, including deliveries of machinery and equipment
  • construction noise, including saw cutting of asphalt and concrete, and excavation works
  • increased levels of lighting, dust and low levels of vibration
  • changed traffic conditions, detours, traffic controllers and signage to safely direct road
    users, cyclists and pedestrians
  • temporary access changes and relocation of some bus stops.

Due to workplace health and safety requirements reversing beepers cannot be switched off. 

Vegetation impacts

Council had to remove two trees, including one Tulip Wood tree at 60 Edward Street and one Leopard Wood tree at 93 Elizabeth Street. These trees were removed as the trunks lean past the kerb into the bikeway. 

Council has replanted two new trees in their place and implemented structures to ensure the new trees grow straight. 

Some minor vegetation trimming was also required to facilitate the bikeway. All works were undertaken with appropriate supervision of a qualified arborist and were carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines.

Key parking changes

Elizabeth and Edward streets

A number of parking removals were required on Elizabeth Street and Edward Street to facilitate the two-way separated bikeway, including:

  • 58 car parking spaces (including six disability parking spaces)
  • 10 dedicated and approximately 40 night-time motorcycle parking spaces
  • 17 loading zones
  • three night-time taxi zones.

Council has also moved a dual taxi zone and loading zone on Edward Street near Alice Street (outside the Stamford Plaza) to the opposite side of the road, in the same configuration.

In addition, Council identified opportunities to re-allocate some of these removals to new locations nearby, including a number of taxi zones and loading zones, and relocating all six disability parking spaces.

To facilitate these relocations, an additional 21 car parking spaces were removed from nearby streets, as well as converting some all-day bus stops to day-time or peak hour only bus stops.

William Street to Grey Street (via Victoria Bridge)

Parking removals are also required on William Street and Stanley Street to facilitate the CityLink Cycleway, including

  • approximately 24 motorcycle parking spaces on William Street
  • two coach parking zones on Stanley Street.


Alternative parking options

There are a number of alternative parking spaces on nearby streets in the city, including a range of commercial and passenger loading zones, disability parking spaces and taxi zones.

For more information about parking removals, relocations and nearby alternative parking locations, download the:

You can also view a guide to all commercial and passenger loading zones, two-minute passenger zones, inner-city coach parking and disability parking spaces in the city centre.

Council works hard to balance the needs of the community and has minimised changes to kerbside parking in the city wherever possible.


Bus stop changes

A number of bus stop changes were required on Elizabeth Street and Edward Street to accommodate the CityLink Cycleway trial. 

The below bus stops experienced changes:

  • Services have moved from Elizabeth Street stop 87 to Elizabeth Street stop 89
  • Services have moved from Edward Street stop 143 to Elizabeth Street stop 87
  • Edward Street stop 144 has moved down Edward Street to between Charlotte and Mary streets
  • Edward Street stop 146 has moved to create a new bus stop at approximately 53 Edward Street
  • Services 114, P173 and P208 will no longer stop at Edward Street stop 145 or 146.

Consideration has been given to minimise the walking distance between relocated bus stops wherever possible, with all impacted services and bus stops relocated nearby. All other bus stops along Elizabeth Street and Edward Street will remain in place to service the local area.

The timing of these bus stop changes has been communicated via signage installed at the bus stop and on the TransLink website.

Mail zone relocation

Council has relocated one mail zone from approximately 3 Edward Street to approximately 41 Edward Street to facilitate the trial bikeway.

E-wheeling devices

As part of the CityLink Cycleway trial, e-wheeling devices will be able to use the new separated bikeway on Elizabeth Street, Edward Street and William Street to Grey Street, via Victoria Bridge.

Council has worked with the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads to create a design for a separated, dedicated bikeway that e-wheeling devices will be permitted to use in the city centre.

In line with the current rules for personal mobility devices, e-wheeling devices are not permitted to ride on other streets in the CBD.

E-mobility is a key initiative of Council’s Transport Plan for Brisbane and e-Mobility Strategy, which focuses on opportunities to encourage greater use of e-bikes, e-scooters and other emerging, sustainable e-mobility travel options. Encouraging e-wheeling devices to use the CityLink Cycleway on selected streets in the CBD will keep riders and pedestrians safe and help connect the community with places of work and local services.

Have your say on the draft e-mobility strategy by visiting the Brisbane e-mobility strategy draft page on Council’s website.

Integration with other projects

Victoria Bridge closed to general traffic on 24 January 2021, to facilitate both the Brisbane Metro project and the CityLink Cycleway trial increasing the capacity of both public and active transport to and from the city centre.

The bikeway at the end of Edward Street will connect to the City Reach Boardwalk and future Kangaroo Point Green Bridge.

The bikeway at William Street will connect to Queens Wharf Road, which will reopen as a shared zone on completion of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development.

Artist impressions

View the artists impressions for the project below. You can also view these images in the CityLink Cycleway artist impressions album via Council's Flickr account.

CityLink Cycleway artist impressions

Have your say on the trial

Council is measuring the effectiveness of the CityLink Cycleway as part of a 12-month trial period between February 2021 and March 2022.

You are invited to have your say on the CityLink Cycleway trial by completing an online survey or providing your feedback to the project team.

Have your say.

Council is seeking feedback on, but not limited to:

  • safety
  • bikeway usage
  • alternate alignments/design improvements
  • benefits of using the bikeway (e.g. time saving).

Next steps

Construction for the CityLink Cycleway trial from William Street to Grey Street via Victoria Bridge is currently expected to be completed in March 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

More information

For more information, to sign-up for updates or ask questions about the CityLink Cycleway trial: 

Last updated: 24 February 2021