Year: 2017

December 20th, 2017

Pictured: President Bill Loveday with CEO Anne Savage We can be proud of our achievements in getting more Queenslanders cycling more often, with over 800,000 Queenslanders riding every week. In fact, according to the latest data, Queenslanders travel about 350 million kilometres by bicycle every year, roughly equivalent to riding to the moon and back…

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December 4th, 2017

The Management Committee of Bicycle Queensland is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Savage as its new Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of long-serving CEO and one of Queensland’s founding figures of cycling advocacy, Ben Wilson. Chair of Bicycle Queensland, Bill Loveday, paid tribute to Mr Wilson and congratulated Ms Savage on her…

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November 29th, 2017

Brisbane City Council has released concept designs for Stage 1 of the upgrade of the Kangaroo Point bikeway. Bicycle Queensland sees this Brisbane City Council and State Government funded upgrade as an important safety and capacity improvement of a section of Brisbane’s bikeway network which is old and below standard. Stage 1 will upgrade the…

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November 29th, 2017

Ipswich City Council’s network of recreational bikeways continues to expand, increasingly to include off-road options. The council recently released its ‘Cycle Ipswich’ brochure, which details seven recreational rides around Ipswich. The jewel in Ipswich’s crown, the Brassall Bikeway, now features an off-shoot pump track, which is certain to be popular with a younger and more…

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November 29th, 2017

The highly successful Brisbane City Council’s Active School Travel Awards night encapsulated a real behaviour change success story, with school principals, teachers, P&Cs and parents hollering in delight at their schools success in getting more kids travelling more sustainable by active travel. The Brisbane program has spread successfully to the Gold Coast, Ipswich and now…

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November 29th, 2017

A Toowoomba Regional Council led cycling forum in late October was a great and well attended day in the beautiful garden city. The Mayor Paul Antonio, Deputy Mayor Carol Taylor and Cr Chris Tait were some who attended all day, along with Toowoomba region BUG, BQ and other cycling stakeholders, including representatives from the state’s…

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November 29th, 2017

Bicycle Queensland is already going troppo with preparations for CQ18 – Daintree to Cairns well underway. Our first route planning trip is complete and we’re working closely with local councils in the region and Queensland Police to ensure the route for our eight-day tour is simply sublime. In 2018 BQ will also offer four and…

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November 29th, 2017

The world’s largest bike sharing scheme will roll out across the Gold Coast just in time for next year’s Commonwealth Games. Two thousand orange and grey Mobikes will be initially deployed across Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Varsity Lakes. The bikes have been specially designed for the Australian market and feature internal three-speed gears, a…

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November 27th, 2017

Bicycle Queensland has worked with Cycling Brisbane to produce a series of short animations to improve knowledge of existing road rules, and to promote better understanding between people when driving, riding or walking. The videos respond to RACQ research which found that people are confused about some of the road rules that cover riding and…

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November 24th, 2017

It seems that tomorrow’s election is about the really big issues like a coal mine and power costs. Bicycle Queensland has contacted all parties with a list of ideas, partly looking for all parties to agree to continue the current good programs that exist but to also bolster them, particularly in regional centres. Cycling has gone by-the-by…

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November 20th, 2017

Save the date! Cycle Queensland 2018 will run from September 2 – 9. Register your interest now to be the first to know when entries open for our North Queensland adventure early next year: cycleqld.com.au Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates in the new year. #CQ18 #Queensland

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November 14th, 2017

Bicycle Queensland has asked the major parties what their policies are for improving Queensland for bike riders in this upcoming State election. Bicycle Queensland’s CEO Ben Wilson said today he was pleased to hear of the ALP’s commitment to complete the North Brisbane Bikeway as far as Price Street, Wooloowin in the next parliamentary term….

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October 5th, 2017

The Management Committee of Bicycle Queensland informs the members that Chief Executive Officer, Ben Wilson, has announced his retirement. The Management Committee acknowledges his 20 plus years of outstanding service to the cause of cycling in Queensland and to Bicycle Queensland (BQ). In his time with BQ, Ben has worked tirelessly to make cycling an…

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September 29th, 2017

Our members are an incredible bunch and every so often we hear about their amazing efforts. One such member is Julie Pesch who will cycle almost 4000km for charity before May next year.   This Wynnum resident will cycle the same distance that she will drive in the upcoming Sh*tbox Rally from May 19-25 between Brisbane and Darwin.   The rally is the biggest…

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September 29th, 2017

‘Purple power’ will be put to the test by seven Brisbane women who are on a mission to get more women to take up cycling. Our seven female ambassadors received their custom purple jerseys this week which they will wear in B2GC on Sunday October 15. With the help of the ambassadors, female entries for…

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September 20th, 2017

Meet Fred. At 83 years young, he’s survived pancreatic cancer surgery and being knocked off his bike by a car.  Yet come October 15, he’ll line up for his first Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge in over seven years. Fred and his customised Apollo bike are tough customers. The Laurieton resident, who only moved…

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September 20th, 2017

Roundabouts are one place in Australia’s road environment where the desire to enable the free flow of traffic comes into conflict with the safety of bike riders, and the consequences can be severe. The biggest problem is found in the Australian road rules governing multi-lane roundabouts. Frankly, it’s a minefield. But before we dive into…

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September 18th, 2017

Hot on the heels of the Ugly Xmas Rashie, Australia’s answer to the Ugly Christmas Sweater tradition, SCODY have teamed up with the Cancer Council to include cyclists this year in this new Aussie tradition. The Ugly Xmas Rashie was first launched in 2015 and sold out within 48 hours, and it’s been an Aussie…

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July 31st, 2017

This past weekend saw the inaugural Yarraman to Wulkuraka Rail Trail Ride take place on a cracking Queensland winter weekend. 220 riders took on 164km of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, enjoying the hospitality of the tiny towns along the route and fabulous home-cooked meals dished up by local community groups. Y2W marked BQ’s first multiday,…

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July 28th, 2017

Pictured: With an operating space of barely 2.6 metres, the upstream footpath is well below Australian Standards for a mixed use path’s desirable minimum width of 3.5metres, not accounting for the enormously varied nature of users (commuters, international visitors, CityCyclers, couriers, food delivery, joggers, tourist and school groups etc) Conflict is inevitable. BQ strongly opposes…

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July 18th, 2017

Many members contact BQ regarding complaints with buses. In Brisbane, council advises riders who wish to lodge a complaint relating to a bus should contact Translink directly. This then commences an investigation process into the reported incident. It’s best for the rider to capture as many details as possible to pinpoint the location and driver…

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July 15th, 2017

We’re shaking things up a little for this year’s B2GC. BQ has invited seven amazing women who live and breathe cycling to help support riders in this year’s Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge on October 15. Ambassadors will ride in every speed category and will all wear special purple B2GC jerseys to make them…

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July 8th, 2017

Cycle Law have just launched the Cyclist Accident Recording app. Many bike riders take precautions to protect themselves in the event of an incident, such as recording video while they ride. The Cycle Law app takes personal preparation another step forward, by giving bike riders a tool which we hope you will never have to…

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June 30th, 2017

The Fulton Hogan Flyers Team (FHF) are showing everyone just how signing up early for the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge should be done. Early bird entries opened on June 21 and FHF have hit the turbo button on their fundraising efforts for event beneficiary the Heart Foundation. Their team of 30 riders has…

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June 30th, 2017

The recent explosion of delivery bike rider numbers on our roads thanks to food delivery services raises significant questions about safety for employees and other road users. BQ believes that companies must do more to ensure their employees’ safety and riders need to be more aware of their risks. “When someone’s doing a professional service,…

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June 30th, 2017

Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey has announced an eight-month study into how to improve cycling conditions on Moggill Road. “Moggill Road forms part of the Principal Cycle Network to the west of Brisbane and there have been a number of incidents along this corridor,” Mr Bailey said. BQ welcomes this study…

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June 30th, 2017

The Australian Bicycle Council has released the 2017 National Cycling Participation Survey, and good news is hard to find. Cycling participation across NSW, Victoria and South Australia has declined in the past year. Queensland has grown a tiny amount, mostly in regional areas, but that was after a dip in 2015. 16.6% of Queenslanders ride…

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June 30th, 2017

Brisbane City Council aims to have all 150 CityCycle stations equipped with tap-and-go pay systems from July in a major overhaul of the current hire scheme. Credit and debit card facilities will be available at every station allowing users to sign up on the spot as opposed to having to sign up online as required…

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June 30th, 2017

May and June saw me head off to Europe for a holiday which included a week cycling in Crete and a week in the Netherlands to attend Velo-city 2017. Over the last five years my husband and I have been taking regular cycling holidays and this year we headed to Greece’s biggest island. I myself…

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June 27th, 2017

Still sitting on the fence about joining Cycle Queensland 2017 and taking on the challenging Border Ranges from the sandy desert to the sandy beaches this September 2-10? Not sure that all that postcard-perfect scenery, deserted country roads, great camaraderie and nine days of cycling bliss are for you? Here’s a huge incentive! Enter by…

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May 31st, 2017

Work on Eudlo Creek Bridge on David Low Way in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast is now complete. The new bridge replaces the need to use a very narrow and busy vehicle bridge, with a much improved crossing alternative for riders and pedestrians. The bridge provides a safe, usable option connecting the Sunshine Coast’s CBD…

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May 20th, 2017

Bike Week 2017 saw Brisbane host the Australian Bicycle Summit for the first time. Many attendees stayed on at the Queensland Cricketers Club at the Gabba for a fine night’s dining, talking and listening at the Cycling Promotion Fund’s national achievement awards for 2017. BQ was thrilled to receive the leadership Award, through CEO Ben…

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April 28th, 2017

Pictured: Stage 1 concept. See full version. Last week featured the joint state-federal government announcement of commencement of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade (widening) between Darra and Oxley. The good news for us is cycling will be included in this upgraded 3km section. It will connect to existing previous cycling upgrades through the motorway works to…

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April 24th, 2017

The days are getting shorter quite suddenly and statistics show the worst time for cycle crash incidents are the morning and evening dawn/dusk failing light periods when many of us are out training or commuting to work. So do what you can to make your commute safer by being well lit and wearing visible clothing…

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April 20th, 2017

Queensland Minister for Main Roads the Hon. Mark Bailey will deliver the Key Note Address at the 2017 Australian Bicycle Summit and Cycling Luminaries Awards in Brisbane during Queensland Bike Week (May 6 – 14). Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson, an Australian Bicycle Summit delegate for 20 years, is excited to welcome the Australian Bicycle…

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