Feasibility of improving cycle infrastructure in Fortitude Valley Brisbane

Blundstone, Geoffrey (2019) Feasibility of improving cycle infrastructure in Fortitude Valley Brisbane. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

In the project, the feasibility of improving the cycle infrastructure in Fortitude Valley is investigated. The effect of such an upgrade on existing traffic flow is explored comparatively. Three alternative design solutions, with varying focus criteria were investigated. The alternative designs focus predominantly on maximising cyclist safety, minimising traffic flow disturbance and minimising economic costs. Each alternative design was assessed against these criteria to establish a preferred solution.

The importance of cycling in a community is firstly established in the introduction and is supported in the literature review. Fortitude Valley is part of the inner city of Brisbane and is a central hub for various office blocks and high-density employment, attracting a significant number of cyclist commuters to the area. Existing cycle networks linking Fortitude Valley to the outer suburbs do not effectively connect the cyclist to their destination. The cyclist is forced to integrate with vehicles when entering Fortitude Valley and must share traffic lanes with cars and heavy vehicles, both of which are stressful and dangerous to the cyclist. Methods of improving cyclist safety were reviewed in the literature and were applied to the study area to form the design solutions.

This project applies current Australian cycle track standards to the existing Fortitude Valley road network and models the effects on the traffic flow using SIDRA software.

The highest scoring option from the multi-criteria assessment and therefore the preferred option was design solution that focused on minimising traffic disturbance while still prioritised cyclist safety.

The key beneficial outcomes for the solution include;

• Physically separated cycle track using median separation
• Two-way Cycle track throughout Bowen Bridge Rd/Brunswick St/Gipps St
• One-way Cycle track throughout east Wickham St and Ann St
• Desirable widths used on cycle track
• No traffic impacts observed on the modelled intersections
• Project Cost Estimated $22.7m


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Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Supervisors: Devine, Jo
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 03:51
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2021 03:51
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43117

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