Bikes are back in the ‘hood
Bicycle Queensland and Brisbane City Council have teamed up to bring bikes back to Brisbane neighbourhoods, in a bid to help boost community enjoyment of the great outdoors.
The free family-friendly “In Your Neighbourhood” event will be held at Norman Creek Bikeway on Saturday March 17 from 8-11am.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage urged families to attend.
“We’d love to see as many people as possible come and try our electric bikes or bring their children along to help develop their cycling skills,” Ms Savage said.
“We’ll have a great range of entertaining demonstrations and bike-based activities and games for kids, as well as opportunities for adults to test drive electric bikes, which have the potential to transform the way we travel around suburbs.
“Our aim is to get more people involved in the fun and enjoyment of cycling, enjoying the outdoors and connecting with our culturally diverse community and natural environment in a new way.
“Riding a bike is rapidly becoming Brisbane’s best lifestyle choice — allowing families to get fit, save money, save time, and save the planet.
“We would especially love to see a strong turn out from women, children, and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.”
Tarrigindi resident Bronwyn Platz and her husband sold their car and switched to cycling to cut costs and improve their health last year.
“We had some big car repair bills coming up and when we did the maths we found out that we were spending more than $1,500 per month on our car,” Ms Platz said.
“We bought our car for $16,000 and two years later we sold it for $6,000 — it was money down the drain.
“Switching to bikes has resulted in some big savings for us, and then there are the things you can’t put a price on like improved health, connectedness to the environment and fun.
“We’ve never been happier.”
Ms Savage said the event would offer something for everyone.
“Whether you are a never-before rider, a recreational rider, a commuter, or a pro, In Your Neighbourhood offers something for the whole family,” she said.
“Ultimately our aim is to inspire more people to cycle more often, connecting people and places to enhance the liveability of our city.
“We’d love to welcome people to test drive an eBike and help us get Brisbane’s suburbs cycling.”
For more information visit the events page at cyclingbrisbane.com.au
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For more information go to www.bq.org.au