Brisbane City Council has announced that it will fast-track the Indooroopilly bikeway with the first two stages to be built at once.
The 800-metre, off-road shared path will eventually connect the western suburbs of Kenmore and Indooroopilly to the University of Queensland.
The path includes the critical link between the Western Freeway Bikeway, the University of Queensland and Brisbane River Loop.
Currently, people who ride bikes in Centenary and Kenmore who want to access the university precinct face riding along the risky Radnor Road or Lambert Road or taking a massive detour.
Brisbane City Council announced the four-stage bikeway back in May 2018 and have since expanded the project to include a shared five-metre-wide pedestrian and cycleway.
The first stage will include a new bridge over the river, running parallel to Radnor Street, connecting Witton Road and Twigg Street to Foxton Street and Radnor Street, adding pedestrian connections at Riverview Terrace.
The second stage will extend the first stage under the Walter Tayhlor Bridge and connect the Witton Barracks on the east side at the exiting Jack Pesch Bikeway.
The new, game-changing bikeway will drastically improve connectivity and accessibility, reduce risk and cut travel times for residents, students and visitors to the area. It services four schools in the area and opens up opportunities for more students to ride to school.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 with completion in the 2020-21 financial year.