According to the Brisbane City Plan 2014 bicycle network overlay, there is an intended primary cycle route along the edge of the Brisbane River from Apollo Rd, Bulimba to the Gateway Bridge. (This is shown in dark green in the image below.) However, given the current land use, it is unlikely that such a route will be completed for many years. In the short term, there is an opportunity to realise the secondary cycle route (shown in pale green) by creating short links between existing roads and paths.
This route would allow recreational cyclists to ride a “River Loop” from Hawthorne around to Apollo Rd on existing roads and paths, and from there reach the Gateway Bridge without having ride on Lytton Road with its high volume of heavy vehicle traffic. Importantly, it would also enable residents from Hawthorne, Bulimba, Balmoral, Morningside, Cannon Hill and Murarrie to safely access the recreation facilities at Colmslie Recreation Reserve and Colmslie Beach Reserve by bicycle.
Even before completion of the entire route, each of the individual segments will provide value to the community by making recreation facilities more accessible.
EaST BUG has called on the Councillors for Morningside Ward and Doboy Ward to support this proposal, and are also investigating options for funding and land access to realise the bike route.