A master planned, mixed-use project earmarked for West End is shaping up to be Brisbane’s most cycle-friendly development.

The $800 million West Village project will include parking racks for 1600 bicycles and an array of end-of-trip facilities such as showers and lockers in a move to encourage green commuting.

West Village is a landmark project set on a 2.6 hectare site in the iconic Boundary Street precinct, just 1.1 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD and will be the venue of the Bicycles Welcome Here Party on Wednesday 16 September, as part of the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress (APCC) Bicycle Fringe Festival.

West Village Project Director, Andrew Thompson says that on average, West Village would have one allocated bicycle space for each residential apartment, as well as the end-of-trip facilities for visitors, shoppers and workers.

“This will be a well-designed area offering high-quality facilities for cyclists, encouraging them to get on their bikes rather than get in their cars,” he says.

Andrew says cycling is an increasingly popular form of transport for Brisbane commuters.

“West End has more cyclists than any other Brisbane suburb and we are keen to encourage carless commuting at West Village by making a significant investment in end-of-trip facilities,” he says.

“Statistics show that the number of people cycling to work in Brisbane’s inner-city areas has seen a significant increase as more dedicated cycling facilities are made available.”

“The State Government’s Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011-2021 aims to double the proportion of commuters who cycle to work by 2021 and West End is well positioned to be one of the leading suburbs for sustainable transport in the Greater Brisbane region.”

The 2011 Census shows that in the Greater Brisbane region, Brisbane’s inner city area has the highest proportion of people walking or cycling to work at 12.7 per cent.

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Ben Wilson welcomes West Village’s plans to include the extensive end-of-trip facilities in the project design.

“It is really pleasing to have cycling addressed up front in the design process for a change,” he says.

“West Village will be a great cycling destination for the thousands of Brisbane people who want to use their bicycles for transport more often and leave their cars at home.”

West Village is conducting a survey among Bicycle Queensland members as part of its extensive community consultation program to ensure the facilities are user-friendly and of the most value to Brisbane’s cycling community.

Located on the boundary of South Brisbane and West End, West Village will be a unique residential, retail, recreational and commercial precinct.

A lively community hub and dynamic new destination for Brisbane, it will feature the revitalisation of two heritage-listed buildings at the heart of the site, extensive community open space, up to 1350 contemporary apartments, pedestrian laneways and dedicated space for community facilities.

The week-long APCC Bicycle Fringe Festival runs from 11-18 September and includes the Bicycles Welcome Here Party, a campaign celebration and networking night being hosted and supported by West Village on 16 September.

The West Village Vision Centre at 93 Boundary Street, West End is open Thursday to Sunday and by appointment.

For more information visit www.westvillage.com.au

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