Brisbane City Council strategic planning: delivery of sustainable transport

Savage, Andrew (2013) Brisbane City Council strategic planning: delivery of sustainable transport. [USQ Project]


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Sustainability reflects one of the most fundamental human desires supported by virtually all philosophies and religions: to create a better future world. Sustainable transport is an essential aspect of developing sustainable cities.

Cycling, as a commuter mode of active transportation, is getting increasing attention in cities worldwide due to its environmental and health benefits and its potential to integrate with public transportation. Brisbane City Council is attempting to promote urban cycling as a means of sustainable transport using a public bicycle sharing scheme called CityCycle, which is reputed to be underutilised and performing poorly.

Unobtrusive observation of cyclist behaviour in Brisbane’s Central Business District was used to gather primary quantitative data in order to inform the research questions. This was complimented by gathering secondary qualitative data from media sources such as online blogs.

This mixed methods research project attempted to find answers to the question why CityCycle was performing poorly and in particular the influence of one way streets upon cyclists. The first stage of research was to measure the activity of CityCycle station 38 during the AM peak period, as station 38 was deemed to be of strategic importance to the CityCycle network due to its close proximity to Central Station. The second stage of research was to investigate the effects of one way streets as a deterrent to cyclist participation.

Nobody hired a CityCycle from station 38 during the AM peak period on Tuesday 20 August 2013. Also the findings did not back up claims in the planning literature that one way streets are cycling unfriendly. However, the findings did show the planning cycle is inefficient and the ‘vision-mission-action-measurement’ cycle breaks down at the point of ‘measurement’. Subsequently all recommendations to improve the productivity of CityCycle are based on improvements to the planning framework.

It is suggested that there be an investigation into the necessity to maintain commercial sensitivity of the data held by CityCycle in relation to the activity levels of each individual station in the CityCyle network.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Basson, Marita
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 05:38
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 04:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable transport; strategic planning; urban cycling; cycling; CityCycle; Brisbane; bicycle hire scheme
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120506 Transport Planning
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330409 Transport planning
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440608 Recreation, leisure and tourism geography

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