2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold for cycling?
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will offer an opportunity for behaviour change, with cycling being promoted not just as a sport but as a critical and viable transport option.
Preparations for the Games have already seen the opening of the new Anna Meares Velodrome at Chandler in Brisbane and an upgrade of the MTB trails in Nerang National Park on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast’s Commonwealth Games organisers GOLDOC presented their preparation plans to BQ for making bicycles a key part of getting around the Gold Coast during the Games in April 2018. The plans provide for both new ideas to get people on to bikes (including bike hire schemes, bikeways sometimes temporary and bike parking) and also using these developments as on-going assets for the City of Gold Coast.
Two of just four free events during the games will be cycling events – the road race and the time tria. Both will be held at Currumbin and will provide a fantastic opportunity for the cycling community to be right in the middle of the action.
Some of the wins and losses of the previous Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and Olympic cities are being studied to find opportunities and innovations to be used and enhanced. GOLDOC believe cycling belongs, both in the Games and in the community. So we are looking for gold in the road race and on the track, and golden facilities for the beautiful Gold Coast!