Monday, March 12, 2012

Discovery drive construction situation

Queensland health constructed a new car park where the old CSIRO was. Gee I thought, that is a pretty good idea. Unfortunately, my notion of a good idea is using existing infrastructure pretty much as is, and not spending a lot of money. That isn't how it has worked out at all. They are spending a huge amount of our money on a major intersection with slipways and lights and a pretty typical TMR attitude to cyclists.

Here is the current situation while under construction. Be careful out there. There is soft gravel and heavy machinery and it is a mess.

The final product is a disaster for all of the people who ride this way into the hospital and university, and that is a lot of people! What a dismal outcome for cyclists, stop, dismount and wait for a light where we once had right of way. I hope you will add this to the portfolio of epic fails in Townsville perpetrated by TMR.

Well needless to say we are not happy, and want the Safe, Smooth, Direct bikeway reinstated in a better location. Here is Adam Connell's sketch of a quick fix:
"Please see attached my thoughts on the possibility of providing an alternative cycling route to JCU around the back of the new carpark. It would only require about 10 metres of paths on either end (in yellow) to avoid the new intersection where cyclists are required to dismount and would be a much safer and friendlier alternative.

The Estate Office will raise this suggestion with the Hospital and seek a response."

Allan Carpenter gives us a glimmer of hope:
"There will be an opportunity soon to find a better solution for this. 

DLGP is about to issue the brief for what is being called the Douglas Knowledge Precinct structure plan.  Essentially this means amalgamation of the JCU and TTH plans and will allow, for the first time, a proper consideration of traffic , transport and parking across the entire site – which of course includes cycle arrangements for both JCU and TTH.   There will be an opportunity for the BUGs to meet with the design consultants to discuss concerns, dreams and practicalities.

I’ll keep you advised."

I'll place comments from BUG members in the comments section, and I hope they grow into a useful forum of ideas.


  1. From Jackie Wolstenholme:
    I have been riding through the Hospital carpark for most of this year – since whenever it was that they started the work for the traffic lights. A real path would be much appreciated. Dealing with the blue green slime across the causeway between Lavarack, CSIRO and the tunnel would be really nice – I’ve posted many complaints on the TCC website to no avail. The big directional map at the turn off to Vet Science is also amazing – totally blocks the view for cars coming into uni and now it looks like that bit of the bike track is being converted into a parking bay for car drivers wanting to read the map! Just a few thoughts that come to mind without even trying.

  2. From Peter W-T: Perhaps we could get started on this conversation on Wednesday while we are all standing around in lycra, and then relay our discussions to the rest of the group by email ahead of the next 1st Tuesday meeting.

    Just thinking this will require a bit of discussion to get all the ideas out there and we could be developing them between meetings. Then of course we need to meet as a group with the hospital BUG...