Over 40 Years of Cycling
The Bicycle Institute of Queensland (BIQ) was formed in August 1979 by some concerned professionals from planning and architecture backgrounds, and initially meetings were held informally at private residences. Over the years we changed our name to Bicycle Queensland (BQ), however we didn’t change our focus of more rides, more bicycle user groups, more bikeways, more powerful communications with politicians and more advocacy activities.
In the 1980s we started with about 100 members, today we have grown to almost 16,000 members at the end of 2019. BQ is the state’s peak body for cycling, with a strong voice in government, media and community circles. Thanks to continued lobbying and close relationships with State and Local Governments, cycling is firmly on the agenda as an important item. It is recognised as a sustainable and practical form of transport and a leisure activity which has attracted well over one billion dollars in direct funding through councils and the State Government in the last decade.
Across Queensland, BQ has been involved in the planning of the Ted Smout Bridge at Redcliffe and supported bikeways from Cairns (Aeroglen Bikeway) to the Gold Coast (Oceanway Bikeway), plus the hundreds of kilometres of on-road bikeways built throughout Queensland regional cities and towns. BQ delivers the state’s best cycling events including Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, the Yarraman to Wulkuraka – End to End Rail Trail Adventure (Y2W), Great Brisbane Bike Ride and the Big Beach Ride.