Federation Street to Somerset Street (NBB Stage 1B)
This stage follows the alignment of an earlier section of bikepath which connected Albion to Byrne Street and Horace Street just north of where Bowen Bridge Road crosses Enoggera Creek. Horace Street became the on-ramp for the Inner City Bypass in 2001. Later in 2007 with the commencement of construction of AirportLink the southern access was blocked off and by 2009 the path terminated at Bryden Street with the long diversion across Bowen Bridge Road at Newmarket Road and around the back of Royal Brisbane Hospital to get to the CBD. The original line was only reinstated in 2012 when Airport Link was opened giving access to the paths under “spaghetti junction”.
The stage commences at the corner of Federation Street and Addison Street where the “Toxic Path” ends. The southern end of the path runs along the side Enoggera Creek in Flynn Park and then under the two rail underpasses. The improvement in standards between the original and new paths is dramatic. The original path was narrow with an uneven surface and without any lighting. The underpass beneath the rail loop had blind corners and was subject to flooding at high tide.
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At the northern end the new alignment of Stage 1B runs directly from the rail underpass of the Ferney Grove line across the paddock to the junction of Somerset Street and McDonald Road. The new path is a 6 metres wide shared path with separated pedestrian and cycle lanes and is fully lit
NBB Stage 1B was announced in 2013 but did not open until September 2016.
Le Geyt Street Level Crossing (Video via Youtube)
While the official diversion goes via Bowen Street this is another quieter route but with a more narrow pathway (Video via Youtube)
Official Recommended TMR Diversion Route (Video via Youtube)