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
Project outcomes Improve active transport, connectivity and safety
Latest news

Start of construction on Elizabeth and Edward streets from late November 2020. Find out more

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About the CityLink Cycleway

Council is trialling new separated two-way bikeways 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.

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.

Alignment

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 on Elizabeth and Edward streets

Works on Elizabeth Street and Edward Street are expected to start from late November 2020 and be completed in early 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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:

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. 

In anticipation of main construction works, Council will first undertake works to remove, update or relocate the relevant kerbside parking signage and line marking along Elizabeth and Edward streets, as well as adjacent streets where relocations are occurring.

Vegetation impacts

Council has identified two trees that require removal, including one Tulip Wood tree at 60 Edward Street and one Leopard Wood tree at 93 Elizabeth Street. These trees are required to be removed as the trunks lean past the kerb into the bikeway. 

Following the removal, Council will replant two new trees in their place and implement structures to ensure the new trees grow straight. 

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

Key changes to kerbside parking

A number of parking removals are 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 will also be moving 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 has identified opportunities to re-allocate some of these removals to new locations nearby, including relocating all six disability parking spaces, three taxi zones and 14 loading zones (including an extension to an existing zone).  

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

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

Taking into consideration these relocations and additional removals, the overall impact on parking in the city means removing a total of 73 car parking spaces, 10 dedicated and approximately 40 night-time motorcycle parking spaces and three loading zones.

There are a large 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. View a guide to all commercial and passenger loading zones, two-minute passenger zones 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 relocations

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

Council will be relocating the below bus stops to nearby locations:

  • Bus stop 143 from Edward Street to bus stop 87 on Elizabeth Street
  • Bus stop 87 from Elizabeth Street to bus stop 89 on Elizabeth Street
  • Bus stop 144 from Edward Street to bus stop 145 on Edward Street to create a new combined bus stop 144/145
  • Bus stop 146 from Edward Street to create a new bus stop at approximately 53 Edward Street.

Consideration has been given to minimise the walking distance between relocated bus stops wherever possible, with all impacted 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 relocations will be communicated via signage installed at the bus stop and on the TransLink website.

Mail zone relocation

Council will be relocating one mail zone from approximately 3 Edward Street to approximately 41 Edward Street to facilitate the trial bikeway.

Integration with other projects

As part of the Brisbane Metro project, the Victoria Bridge will close to general traffic to provide three lanes for Metro and bus services and the CityLink Cycleway.

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

CityLink Cycleway artist impressions

You can also view the 'CityLink Cycleway artist impressions' album via Council's Flickr account.

Evaluating the trial

As part of the CityLink Cycleway trial, Council will measure the effectiveness of the bikeway activities, liaise with key stakeholders and community members during the trial period and seek feedback on, but not limited to:

  • safety
  • number of times using the cycleway and for what purpose
  • what would encourage users to ride more often on the cycleway
  • benefits (e.g. time saving).

You will be invited to have your say on the trial bikeway in early 2021. 

Next steps

You will be invited to have your say on the CityLink Cycleway trial in early 2021 when the bikeways on Elizabeth and Edward streets are operational. During the trial, Council will monitor the performance of the bikeway network and seek feedback from users, businesses, residents, industry groups and peak bodies. 

Council is planning to release the design for the CityLink Cycleway trial from William Street to Grey Street, via Victoria Bridge, in the coming months.

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. 

More information

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

Last updated: 11 November 2020