Queenslanders make Bike Week a huge success

May 9th, 2018

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Wednesday, 9 May, 2018

Dear Editor,

With thanks to the enthusiasm and action of communities across Queensland, Bike Week 2018 was a huge success.

This year, for the first time, Bicycle Queensland adopted a theme – ‘Bikeways build better communities’ – calling on Queenslanders to saddle up and raise awareness of the social, environmental and physical benefits of bike riding.

Hundreds of events took place across the state, involving riders of all ages and abilities.

About 2,000 riders kicked off celebrations at Bike Week’s premier Great Brisbane Bike Ride event, nearly 200 saddled up on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, a record number of women joined our Pier to Point Ride, Queensland Cyclocross put on a spectacular show, and Zwift on Tour was a sell-out.

In the regions, Toowoomba held a Bike-Ability Workshop, South Burnett facilitated trail rides and Mackay hosted mountain bike sessions, among many others.

Whether it was for fun, fitness, or enjoying the great outdoors, Bike Week got more Queenslanders cycling, together.

About 60 per cent of Queensland homes have at least one working bicycle, and one in four households have three or more bikes – demonstrating our love of cycling in all its forms.

On average, every dollar we invest in bicycle infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.

Likewise, international studies have shown that properties within 50 metres of a bikeway are likely to sell for at least 10% more, and businesses co-located with bikeways enjoy greater sales and revenue.

With ongoing and increasing investment in bikeway infrastructure and protected pathways, we can easily make cycling as seamless as car transport in Queensland, expanding the horizons for health and lifestyle across our great state.

We are proud to champion the ongoing creation of cycle-friendly streets as part of events like Bike Week and we look forward to continuing this important work moving forward.

Thank you for joining us on this ride!

Bike Week is an annual Bicycle Queensland event, held from April 28 to May 7, 2018.  For more information, visit bikeweekqld.com.au.

Anne Savage

Chief Executive Officer

Bicycle Queensland

 

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