05 October 2009

Copenhagen, Queensland

Under the headline "A little bit of Copenhagen comes to Brisbane" Bicycle Queensland reports on some new bicycle infrastructure in the city.

"As well as the sensational opening of the State Government's Kurilpa Bridge this week, Brisbane now has its first taste of sophisticated European provision for cycling, thanks to Brisbane City Council's implementation of what's known as "Copenhagen" bike lanes in Tank Street (above) and George Street. The scheme gives segregation between traffic and cyclists via a median, and allows riders to ride "contra-flow" in safety in busy city streets. BQ congratulates both the State Government and Brisbane City Council for their initiatives to make Brisbane a better place to live, and to cycle."

And here's the new bicycle and pedestrian bridge, the Kurilpa Bridge. Architecture is a matter of taste like anything else, but at the very least the bridge is a fine and prominent symbol, which is a very important thing. Telling people that bicycles are included in the mindset of the politicians, which helps to foster respect for the bicycle as an accepted and respected transport form.

Thanks to the splendidly named Unity Finesmith at Auckland Cycle Chic for the link.