Fast-forward 14 years and it is envisaged almost 25,000 residents will cycle everyday and be able to ride in excellent air quality through tree-lined streets.
This vision was unveiled as part of Brisbane City Council’s first Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 report.
Opposition councillors were quick to label the report as nothing more than a public relations document that lacked substance.
The 87-page report, which cost more than $30,000 to produce, was described by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk as council’s most ambitious environmental agenda in the city’s history.
“We have a vision of Brisbane being a top-10 lifestyle city globally,” Cr Quirk said.
“While we have achieved much already we recognise we still have more to do.”
The report identified future targets and commitments for Brisbane to make it more clean, green and sustainable.
Council’s opposition leader Peter Cumming questioned many of the policies.
He said the report’s biodiversity goals were based on guesstimates, the waterways priorities lacked information and shade targets very ambitious.
“The Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 document contains much flowery language that the reader could interpret to suit themselves,” Cr Cumming said.
“It is a PR document lacking substance.”
His colleague Cr Jared Cassidy (Deagon) also disagreed with much of the document.
“The reality is this administration has turned its back on the community in Brisbane when it comes to a whole lot of these areas and Cr Cumming is correct in saying this document is nothing more than a huge PR exercise, it doesn’t offer anything new,” Cr Cassidy said.
“It doesn’t back up any of these issues with new action. What it does is hide a whole heap of targets that were previously in place.”
Cr Cassidy said the lord mayor had not supported cyclists by providing appropriate infrastructure and had not invested enough in catchment networks or community gardens.
This article was originally published by the Brisbane Times.