Year: 2016

December 21st, 2016

It’s probably been a less than spectacular year, but we’ve had some major wins nevertheless. At a state level, the decision to widen the state government – local council cycle grants process to include all Queensland councils was excellent. Now all Queensland councils can get 50% state funding for cycling projects when endorsed though a…

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December 19th, 2016

“We were,” chuckles John Whybrow when asked if he and his partner in their Guinness World Record attempt, George Agate, are best mates.  Known as ‘The Tandem Men’, these two Englishmen are halfway through attempting to become the first to cycle around the world on a tandem bicycle. BQ caught up with the boys in…

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December 8th, 2016

Cairns Regional Council is forging ahead in its commitment to the region becoming more cycling friendly with three major projects currently underway within Cairns and nearby towns. With only a little more work to go, local Councillor and cycling advocate Richie Bates describes the inner-city Mann Street Cycleway as “a fabulous project jointly funded by Council…

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November 29th, 2016

The Queensland based road safety think tank CARRS-Q (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland) held a timely seminar looking at research on possible measures to counter driver inattention and distracted driving recently. Driver inattention is the fifth arm of the ‘Fatal Five’. These are the areas of danger proven responsible for a large…

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November 28th, 2016

The Rockhampton Gentlefolk Single-speed, Fixie and Old Bike Society is a fun cycling group for the non-lycra set. Since December 2015 they have been conducting social rides about once every six weeks. They’ve had picnic rides, laneway rides, just-because-we-want-to rides and quite a number of historical tours around Rockhampton. Starting from about 12 people on…

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November 18th, 2016

It’s official! The Cycle Queensland 2017 Adventure Tour from Goondiwindi to Gold Coast will run from September 2 – 10. CQ 2017 will be all about changing landscapes. From the cotton fields around Goondiwindi, we’ll head east through classic rolling western landscapes, rambling vineyards, primeval rainforests and even conquer a legendary climb or two along…

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November 15th, 2016

Our Manager of Cycling Development Bernard Holland joined Hyde Road Kindy for a day of all things bikes and road safety.  This year the kindy received a TMR Road Safety Grant which saw them work towards embedding a road safety message into the kindy’s curriculum. The funding allowed the kindy to run a series of…

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October 31st, 2016

Earlier this year Brisbane City Council created a trial peak hour bike lane for Sylvan Road which was designed to assist the large number of recreational and commuter bike riders connect more safely along the Bicentennial Bikeway Members and friends of BQ are reminded that this important trial will end in May 2017 and data…

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October 28th, 2016

Bicycle Queensland was thrilled to see Brisbane City Council following up on its funded commitment to provide a segregated bikeway along Stanley Street from the Gabba Oval to the Goodwill Bridge with the release of plans and to reaffirm its more recent commitment to improve the very important ‘spur’ from this bikeway along Annerley Rd…

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October 7th, 2016

OK, so you have decided to join the growing number of people who have left their cars behind and are planning on riding to work on National Ride2Work Day. You are ready, but is your faithful steed also operating at its peak? You will enjoy the ride more on a bike that is working efficiently….

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September 17th, 2016

Bicycle Queensland was part of the official opening of Stage 1 of the North Brisbane Bikeway on Wednesday 14 September along with Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey and Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace. This $3.3 million dollar project runs from Federation Street to Somerset Street at Windsor and features a prioritised on-road bikeway…

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September 12th, 2016

The trials of the bike lanes on Annerley Road and Sylvan Road are progressing well. Annerley Road is much improved, especially the short stretch of physical road separation, with the bike lane infrastructure works now complete. The road is a vast improvement with the risks from the parking cars and doors being flung open now…

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September 10th, 2016

On Sunday August 28 the Logan district policing unit held their first community day as part of Road Safety Week (August 22-28). In the preceding week they had visited two schools to speak with students about driving, speed and road safety. The events at the family day included Fire and Rescue extricating a crash dummy…

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September 8th, 2016

Coral Priestly shoots straight from the hip, albeit fancy replacement hips, when talking about how to take up cycling. “Just join a BUG (Bicycle User Group). That’s where you get your confidence riding in a group on the road,” Coral says. Thousands of kilometres later, Coral is lining up for her fourth Cycle Queensland (CQ)…

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September 6th, 2016

The Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey welcomed people representing bicycle groups from across the state to Parliament House in August as step one in a process to reinvigorate the Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011–2021, which will be replaced by a new updated policy for 2016–2026. The existing state policy has been successful in parts, but overall…

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September 4th, 2016

ABC 612 breakfast presenter Spencer Howson has seen the light. He’s gone from being critical of ‘cyclists’ to becoming a regular bike rider himself. But how did this change come about? “It’s a bit of a flaw in my personality, that I say something and then don’t always follow through on it. I had said…

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September 2nd, 2016

One of the side benefits of Cycle Queensland, Bicycle Queensland’s annual nine day holiday on wheels, is the opportunity to visit primary schools along the route and spread positive messages about bike riding. This year, the teachers and students of Conondale, Kandanga, Gympie South, Gympie Central, Rainbow Beach, Granville and Maryborough Central Primary Schools are…

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September 1st, 2016

Last Thursday the QPS conducted a friendly intercept of bike riders along the Goodwill Bridge offering free coffees as well as a service for recording bike identification in case of theft. Both the off road motorcycle police, bicycle police and other uniformed police attended from 6.30 to 8.30am with coffee queues of bike riders stretching…

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September 1st, 2016

Work has commenced on the $650 million upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive from Theodore Road at Eagle Farm to Cooksley Street at Hamilton. It also includes improvement works between Cooksley Street and Breakfast Creek Road at Albion. The centre median is being removed in preparation for moving the shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway from the…

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August 4th, 2016

Got an unused or in need of repair adult bike floating around the house? Change someone’s life by donating it to Bikes 4 Life, an Australian charity working towards reducing poverty and social injustice by providing access to sustainable transport.  Bikes 4 Life takes donated bikes, restores them to working order if needs be, then…

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August 2nd, 2016

Twenty-two years of advocacy work supporting local bicycle riders. That’s the legacy of the Cairns BUG. When the city of Cairns was declared an Active Transport Town, state government funds helped secure program funding for bike buses to schools and also generated recreational rides. The Cairns BUG has also been involved with providing safety kits…

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July 8th, 2016

Being President of Bicycle Queensland is an honour. As I ride to work in Brisbane, around Queensland on holidays or on Cycle Queensland, I see bikeways and new facilities everywhere that just weren’t there a few years before. When I speak to our CEO Ben Wilson, he often can tell what the facility is –…

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July 8th, 2016

With the lure of a free hot coffee, chocolate or tea on these recent cold mornings, BQ has engaged with the Ride2Work community in three strategic sites in Brisbane to develop its data base of Ride2Work destinations, contact names and workplace involvement. Over the last month, the pop up Ride2Work stands on the V1 at…

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July 6th, 2016

IT HURTS…according to the Challenge the Mountain website, and it’s true. Capricorn Coast Bicycle Users Group member Sharyn Moodie is among those training for the annual event, which sees walkers, runners and cyclists race up the five-kilometre ascent of Mt Archer at an unrelenting 10% gradient. Robbie McEwan is the event’s cycling ambassador and will…

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July 2nd, 2016

  Bicycle Queensland was recently successful in obtaining a Community Benefit Fund Grant for 3 electric bikes and transport trailer as part of its Ride2Work and Women Cycling More Often Program. Cycling Development Manager, Mr Bernard Holland said that the grant represents a significant opportunity to engage Women in the Ride2Work Program through active demonstrations, wayfinding…

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July 1st, 2016

Win the ultimate Australian cycling holiday with Soigneur! Bicycle Queensland and Soigneur invite you to win the ultimate luxury cycling trip when you enter Peaks Challenge Gold Coast. If you win, you get to take your pick from Soigneur’s upcoming 2016–17 trips. You and a friend can ride wherever and however you want—from easy two-day jaunts to challenging…

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June 27th, 2016

Bicycle Queensland asked all the Queensland candidates in the Federal election to support the policy platform of the national bicycle organisations. The parties which provided the most comprehensive responses were the Australian Greens and the Australian Cyclists Party. If as a BQ member you are deciding your vote solely on which party would make the…

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June 24th, 2016

The Moreton Bay Cycleway detour from the Boondall Wetlands to Deagon is now in place. Bicycle Queensland met with project representatives from the Gateway Upgrade North, and the Brisbane North BUG to ride along the new temporary bikeway. The surface is good, bitumen hot mix. The path isn’t as wide as new bikeways generally are,…

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June 8th, 2016

Photo credit: Neil Ennis Bike Week 2016 saw 300 people introduced to one of south-east Queensland’s hidden bike riding gems. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail can be enjoyed by all sorts of bike riders. The trail surface is suitable for mountain bikes, and varies from smooth gravel to rough farm track, but the Brisbane Valley…

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June 1st, 2016

Today’s announcement by the Australian Greens to invest $250 million dollars into cycling infrastructure has been welcomed for the focus it places on encouraging cycling in Australia. Announced in an online broadcast today by Greens Transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, the policy announcement recognises the importance of cycling to addressing critical issues facing this country….

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May 31st, 2016

Another missing link was delivered on the northern bikeway with the ramp-bridge linking the existing RNA cycle link to the internal Bowen Park pathway – a very long and contentious project that adds to the long awaited northern bikeway link. The bikeway will give a primarily off-road and segregated route from the city to Kedron….

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May 31st, 2016

2016 will see the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge (B2GC) enter its 12th year and the iconic event shows no signs of slowing down. While other bike rides have come and gone over the last decade the B2GC continues to attract more than 7,000 riders every year. Once again riders will be unleashed with…

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May 31st, 2016

As the weather cools (thankfully), and the days get shorter, the need for good lights on your bike quickly becomes apparent to the new commuter. Ride On magazine does an annual test of the best commuting lights. While we wait for the 2016 version, here’s a link to last year’s, which still gives excellent coverage…

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May 30th, 2016

On 16th May BQ hosted its first Women’s Cycling Forum. Female participation in cycling has long been the gauge to how successful and bike friendly the world’s cities are. The aim of the BQ forum was to examine some of the specific challenges in relation to women’s cycling and to identify how cycling fits in at…

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May 28th, 2016

The Bundaberg BUG was formed over 15 years ago and still today they see some of those inaugural members on their Sunday rides. Their slogan S=CPG3 is proudly displayed on the fluorescent club shirts and they proclaim to have the answer. The answer is really whatever you want it to be. Group members have regularly…

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