As Australian cities become more congested authorities will place more emphasis on alternative modes of transport. Moving forward we will likely see increased investment in public transport, car share schemes and other sustainable modes of transport. And those changes won’t necessarily be to the detriment of the construction industry.
If you are in any doubt as to whether the construction recruitment climate will suffer as a consequence of the approaching changes you only need to consider the humble bicycle. More and more people are choosing to commute by bicycle than have since the advent of the car. And given the benefits commuting by bike offers, it is not surprising.
Cycling is an excellent form of exercise, it is environmentally friendly and, depending on the length of your commute, it can offer a quicker way of getting to work than the car. Now, if you consider the infrastructure associated with this move to more sustainable modes of transport, you will quickly realise that the labour hire market stands to benefit. Just ask Brisbane contract labour candidates.
Brisbane City Council has spent $100 million over four years upgrading more than 38 kilometres of cycle paths in and around Brisbane. The Council’s Bikeway Program required the construction of on-road bike lanes, the establishment of bike awareness zones as well as the construction of off-road and shared paths.
The Bikeway Projects completed so far include: Bicentennial Bikeway, Tarragindi Bikeway, Cabbage Tree Creek and the Bulimba Creek Bikeway.
And the ongoing expansion of the Brisbane bike path network continues to drive the Brisbane labour hire market. Currently, there are active public transport projects underway in the Brisbane CBD as well as the City’s North, South and West.
Brisbane City Projects
New Farm Riverwalk replacement
The Brisbane City Council is reviewing five design concepts for the popular riverwalk.
Fortitude Valley Barry Parade Bikeway Link
The Barry Parade Bikeway Link will provide on-road cycle lanes and intersection upgrades from Turbot Street to Gipps Street, Fortitude Valley.
Brisbane North Projects
Ashgrove Royal Parade Bridge replacement
Work is underway to replace the pedestrian/cyclist bridge that was washed away during the 2013 Australia Day storm.
Mitchelton to Nundah Kedron Brook Bikeway upgrade
The Kedron Brook Bikeway upgrade project will involve the construction of new links to the bikeway and the upgrading of ten existing junctions.
Brisbane West Projects
Brisbane Bicentennial Bikeway upgrade
The Council is progressively upgrading the Bicentennial Bikeway that runs along the Brisbane River and connects the CDB to Toowong.
Brisbane South Projects
Greenslopes Nicholson Street Bikeway
The Nicholson Street Bikeway will connect the Greenslopes Busway Station and Nicholson Street, Greenslopes through the former Stephens Mountain Quarry.