The Queensland Government has awarded a tender for Brisbane’s River City cycling upgrade.

HDR won the tender to develop a major cycling maintenance and rehabilitation program has been awarded to HDR, with consultation now underway.

The QLD Government has allocated $6.91 million to carry out works between 2017-18 and 2020-21 once the program is developed, with priority maintenance works already complete on sections of the Veloway around Woolloongabba, including resurfacing the ramp to Lower River Terrace.

A further $1.4 million of improvements are also planned in 2018 on the Veloway and on the Centenary Cycleway.

This includes removing obstructions, resurfacing and widening paths and upgrading safety fencing.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said rehabilitation of the bikeways supported the Queensland Cycling Action Plan 2017-2019, which was heavily influenced by community feedback.

“When developing the Queensland Cycling Strategy, we listened to Queenslanders about what they wanted for their cycling future.

“We heard calls for not only developing new infrastructure, but also making sure our existing facilities are kept to a high standard.

“We are now developing a short-term program for rehabilitating our cycleways as well as guidelines for long-term maintenance.

“We will start by looking into what works are needed on the Veloway (V1) Cycleway, Centenary Cycleway, the Deagon Deviation and Ipswich Motorway shared paths.

“We are talking with local councils, peak cycling bodies, bicycle user groups and cyclists to gain a better understanding of common maintenance issues and complaints.

“Once developed, the maintenance guidelines will be applied to state-controlled off-road cycleways across Queensland.

“As well as being a healthy way to get to work, this means fewer cars on the road and less congestion on our busy public transport system.”

Mr Bailey said parts of the V1 were built as early as the mid-90s and, although maintained regularly, are in need of more significant repair to ensure the facility can continue to be enjoyed safely by generations to come.

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