Mass Cyclist Protest: Don't Kick Bikes off Victoria Bridge

Unconventional protest and temporary blockade against the removal of bike lanes from Victoria Bridge.

Brisbane City Council is planning to close Victoria Bridge to private cars to create more space for public transport. We were all hoping that the redesigned bridge would also include more space for bikes, but council's Brisbane Metro business case suggests the opposite.

We will meet on the southern side of the bridge in front of QPAC at 10:30am, then ride onto the bridge, blocking the car lanes but not the bus lanes. We'll stage a brief die-in (google 'Cyclist protest die-in' if you're not sure what that is), have a few short speeches, then go on a mass bike ride through the city.

This is a community protest for safer cycling infrastructure throughout Brisbane. This will be a kid-friendly event with marshalls and all necessary safety precautions.

Cycling across the Victoria Bridge has always been either dangerous or extremely inconvenient. Currently, cyclists must choose between riding alongside vehicles in extremely narrow on-road lanes, or riding on the western footpath where there’s a lot of confusion and conflict with pedestrians. Riding along South Bank to get to the Goodwill Bridge or up to the Kurilpa Bridge is also increasingly difficult due to the high volumes of pedestrians along the riverwalk, and council has also ruled out installing barrier-protected bike lanes in the CBD anytime soon. The State Government has said the proposed future bridge to the Queens Wharf Mega-Casino will be pedestrians-only (not cyclists).

The recently released business case for council’s Brisbane Metro high-capacity bus project proposes to remove the existing narrow cycling lanes from the bridge. Under the early-stages draft concept design, the eastern footpath will be widened, but will remain pedestrians-only. The western footpath will continue to be shared between pedestrians and slow-moving cyclists, but it will no longer be possible to cross from the end of the bridge directly over to Brisbane Square. The western pedestrian crossing is to be removed entirely, so anyone using the western footpath will have to follow it around to the far side of Adelaide Street.

We would like to see:
- council explore engineering options for adding an extra platform to the eastern side of the bridge to create room for a dedicated bikeway, or
- widen both footpaths and make them both shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists
- improve cyclist connectivty at either end of the bridge
- a cost-benefit analysis that looks at the benefits of increasing cyclist numbers in the future rather than simply restricting the analysis to the number of cyclists who currently use the bridge

Everyone's welcome to be part of this event, regardless of whether you're an experienced cyclist or a first-timer. Spread the word and invite your friends!


July 22, 2017 at 10:30am - 11:30am


South Bank Cultural Forecourt
8 Melbourne St
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
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Will you come?