New England Highway Cycleway, Highfields to Toowoomba CBD (Stages 1,2 & 3) – locally known as the Highfields Bikeway

The Highfields Bikeway project involves delivering a bikeway connecting Highfields to Toowoomba to provide a safer and more accessible active transport option.

The Highfields bikeway will be built in several stages. Construction of stage 1 of the bikeway was completed in December 2020 and installed a 3m wide, 2-lane path from Mitchell Road to Toowoomba Christian College and a connection from McShane Drive, Mt Kynoch, to Dwyer Street, Harlaxton. 

Stage 2 is currently in the design phase and will connect Toowoomba Christian College to Hi Winds Road. This stage of the bikeway is proposed to follow the New England Highway.

Stage 3 has been funded for design, with preliminary designs expected to be completed by mid-2023. The third stage of the bikeway will consider connecting the path from Hi Winds Road to Toowoomba.  

There is no funding for construction of stages 2 or 3 at this time.

The new bikeway is a priority location under the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017-2027.

 

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • The new bikeway allows residents of surrounding suburbs a safe and accessible active transport option.
  • A new 3m wide, 2 lane bikeway.
  • Priority crossings on side roads to protect vulnerable users of the bikeway.

Funding

Highfields Bikeway—Stage 1 was $12.2 million (Investment ID 11603)
Highfields Bikeway—Stage 2 is $880,000 (Investment ID 1566603)
Highfields Bikeway—Stage 3 is $470,000 (Investment ID 1977221)

Total investment
$13.55 million
Queensland Government
$13.55 million

Current status

Construction of Highfields Bikeway – Stage 1 was completed in December 2020.

Design of Highfields Bikeway – Stage 2 is currently underway and will be completed in September 2021.

Design of Highfields Bikeway – Stage 3 is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Map of the project area

  1. Priority crossing over Mitchell Road
  2. Priority crossing over Lawrence Road
  3. Priority crossing over Algar Road