Overview

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) are investigating ways to create a safe, direct and connected bike route in Warwick.

A planning project is underway to establish a long-term vision to provide a suitable bikeway along a desirable principal cycle route that encourages more people to ride more often.

The improvements will provide a safe, active transport option that aligns with the Queensland Cycling Strategy (2017–27).

The options developed respond to feedback on key themes raised by the community including:

  • separation of riders and motorists to increase safety
  • supporting efficiency of Warwick's state and local roads
  • accommodating car parking and access to businesses.

Community consultation

Feedback from the community during initial consultation in September 2021 has been used to guide the route options.

Another round of community consultation is now underway, seeking feedback on the proposed options below. You can review this information, leave your feedback and nominate your preferred options via the online survey below.

Community consultation will close on 14 October 2022.

Understand the options and leave your feedback

You can review both options below which includes information about each section of the bikeway and submit your feedback. A short survey is available below each of the option descriptions.

The tabs below provide a clear view of the options, including areas where you can nominate a preference.

  • Section A: Pratten Street between Dragon Street and Easey Street
  • Section B: Dragon Street between Victoria Street and Pratten Street

Section A: Dragon Street

The project involves connecting the south and west of Warwick through to the central business district via Dragon Street.

Features of this section of the bikeway include:

  • a 2-way, on-road separated bikeway on the western side of Dragon Street. This bike facility offers a very safe and efficient route for a wide range of bike riders
  • transition points where the bike rider can change from the on-road bikeway to an off-road shared path
  • sections of shared path at existing bus stops to increase rider efficiency and pedestrian safety
  • raised priority crossings at Percy Street and Grafton Street roundabouts to increase safety and efficiency for all transport users
  • traffic signals at the Wood Street and Dragon Street intersection to provide a safe and integrated crossing
  • raised priority crossings for bike riders at Fitzroy Street and Albert Street to provide safe and efficient crossings for bike riders.

Options for location of transition to shared path

A transition is required to and from an on-road separated bikeway to a shared path to minimise impacts while allowing riders and pedestrians to cross the Wood Street and Dragon Street intersection safely.

  • Option 1

    Transition on the southern side of the Wood Street and Dragon Street intersection

    • Maximises separation of pedestrians and bike riders to increase safety
  • Option 2

    Transition on the southern side of Pringle Museum

    • Minimise impacts on parking near Pringle Museum

Section B: Pratten Street

As part of the project, TMR and SDRC are considering installing a dedicated separated 2-way bikeway on Pratten Street between Dragon Street and Easey Street. This section of the bikeway provides a dedicated on-road bikeway which connects the central business district through to the west of Warwick.

Features of this section of the bikeway include:

  • a 2-way, on-road separated bikeway along Pratten Street and Easey Street. This bike facility offers a very safe and efficient route for a wide range of bike riders
  • changes to linemarking at intersections to give priority to traffic travelling on Pratten Street at the Wantley, Gore, William, George, Douglas and Tooth Street intersections to increase safety and efficiency for bike riders
  • a section of shared path at the Pratten Street and Easey Street intersection to provide a safe crossing location
  • raised priority crossings on Pratten Street near the intersection of Aldred Street and on Clarke Street near the intersection of Pratten Street.

Options for bikeway alignment on Pratten Street

The bikeway could be aligned on the northern or southern side of Pratten Street between Aldred Street and Dragon Street

  • Option 1: Northern side of Pratten Street

    • 2-way separated cycle track
    • 12 to 14 side street crossings with a raised priority crossing on Pratten Street near Aldred Street
    • 73 existing driveway crossings
    • Reduction of 6 car parks at Warwick West State School
  • Option 2: Southern side of Pratten Street

    • 2-way separated cycle track
    • 16 side street crossings with a raised priority crossing OR traffic lights on Pratten Street near Dragon Street or Wallace Street
    • 58 existing driveway crossings
    • Reduction of 4 car parks near Warwick West State School

Options for bikeway crossing at Wallace Street and Pratten Street

There are 2 options available to facilitate the bikeway crossing at the Wallace Street and Pratten Street intersection.

  • Option 1: Traffic signals

    • Located at the intersection to allow a safe crossing for bike riders and pedestrians to cross the road
    • This option will require traffic to stop and start on steep grades, may increase travel time for motorists and create additional road noise for nearby residents
  • Option 2: Underpass

    • Located on the southern side of the intersection to allow riders and pedestrians to pass underneath Wallace Street without stopping, providing the safest possible crossing for school children
    • This option will not impact traffic flow on Wallace or Pratten Street

Next steps

Feedback from this round of consultation will be considered by TMR and SDRC in the current planning project.

Planning is scheduled to be completed in June 2023.