Queensland | Urban
The Heart Foundation was delighted to hear the announcement on 31st March 2019 of Council’s intention to build five new green bridges for Brisbane:
Kangaroo Point Green Bridge — pedestrian/cycle bridge
Toowong to West End Green Bridge — pedestrian/ cycle/ public transport bridge
St Lucia to West End Green Bridge — pedestrian/ cycle/ public transport bridge
Breakfast Creek Green Bridge — pedestrian/ cycle bridge
Bellbowrie Green Bridge — pedestrian/ cycle/ public transport bridge
The Heart Foundation is particularly pleased to hear this commitment from Council because building these bridges will encourage more people to walk and cycle and improve the public transport network thereby boosting participation in active transport.
Physical inactivity remains one of the top five chronic disease risk factors in Australia. Forty percent (40%) of Queensland adults are still not getting enough physical activity to benefit their health. Every year around 2,300 Queenslanders die from an inactivity-related disease. One of the key ways of improving heart health is to increase physical activity and we know improving the design of our communities makes it easier for people to lead heart-healthy lives.
The decision by the Brisbane City Council to build five new green bridges will improve active transport infrastructure and strongly support Brisbane residents to be more physically active. With more people cycling and walking more often, we will see an increase in people’s physical activity which will boost their heart health and overall wellbeing.
- Stephen Vines, Chief Executive Officer, Heart Foundation QLD