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BQ HITS THE ROAD:  NEW CEO CONNECTS WITH CYCLISTS AND CANDIDATES FOR QUEENSLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

 

Brisbane, QLD (February13, 2024) – Bicycle Queensland (BQ) is taking to the road across Queensland this month, introducing their new CEO, Alton Twine, and connecting with communities from Coolangatta to Cairns.

Joined by Advocacy Director Andrew Demack, Twine’s mission is clear: to listen, collaborate, and advocate for a brighter future where cycling where cycling is integrated into local government thinking and planning across Queensland. 

An experienced deliverer of cycling infrastructure and sustainable transport across government, Alton Twine brings experience and enthusiasm. He’s eager to meet community members and Bicycle Queensland members across the State to understand their priorities and lead the organisation in its mission to create a state where cycling is embraced and accessible. 

Mr Twine wants this road trip to be about more than handshakes. Twine and Demack will listen to members’ concerns, from safer infrastructure and better connectivity to the shared joy of cycling.

Meeting with local council officials and local government election candidates, the team will champion the benefits of bike riding. “It’s not only about infrastructure – it’s about promoting fitness, regional tourism opportunities and offering an affordable transportation option in these times of rising costs”. 

Twine and Demack will highlight how investing in cycling programs and infrastructure can benefit the community by reducing traffic congestion and emissions and boosting regional economies through tourism. 

Bicycle Queensland encourages all interested cyclists and community members to connect with them during the road trip. Follow BQ on social media for updates and event details, or visit https://bq.org.au/ to learn more. Or phone 07 3844 1144

To catch up with Alton Twine and Andrew Demack, here’s where they’ll be and when: 

  • Redlands, Logan, and Ipswich: February 15-16 
  • Sunshine Coast, Moreton, and Noosa: February 22-23 
  • South East Queensland Councils: February 26-28 (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Toowoomba) 
  • North and Central Queensland: March 4-8 (Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Townsville, Whitsunday, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast).               

Bicycle Queensland is the peak body representing cyclists in Queensland. We advocate for safe, connected cycling infrastructure, provide member services and benefits like insurance, and work to create a healthier, happier Queensland through cycling.

Contact:  To organise interviews or photo opportunities, please phone:

Bicycle Qld: 07 3844 1144

Or email: bqinfo@bq.org.au

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BQ says thanks to outgoing Minister Bailey

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Hon Mark Bailey MP, has stepped aside from the ministry, as a new Premier and a new Cabinet will be named this week (14 December 2023).

Bicycle Queensland takes this opportunity to thank the outgoing Minister for being the cycling champion we needed.

Minister Bailey (centre) and BQ’s 2023 end of year event, with Tracey Price (left) and BQ chair Rachel Nolan (right).

While we believe there is still a long way to go in building both the infrastructure and the social environment that will transform Queensland towards a healthier, zero emissions transport future, Mark Bailey has done more towards this than any recent Transport Minister.

And from Bicycle Queensland’s perspective, we always knew we had a person in the top job who regularly faced the cycling conditions that we all face, who used his bicycle for transport, and for fitness, and for recreation.

It was a truism of Mark Bailey’s time as Transport Minister that any time there was a new bikeway or bike bridge funded by TMR, that he would be there to open it, and be the first to ride it.

Under his leadership, Transport and Main Roads has spent more than previously on building the Principal Cycle Network, but has also made great use of including provision for bikes and walking into larger projects such as motorways and railway upgrades.

Bailey has also led the way in encouraging partnership between State Government and local government, and particularly urged the large SEQ councils to step up in provision of active transport facilities.

Queensland has had some excellent Transport Ministers in the past … Bicycle Queensland’s chair Rachel Nolan was another who made great strides towards changing the way we move.

One of Mark Bailey’s real achievement in this space is that expectations of the Transport Minister have now been reset. The new person who takes on this role has big shoes to fill.

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BQ response to coronial findings on the death of Carolyn Lister

10 October 2023

Bicycle Queensland Interim CEO Lisa Davies-Jones said: “Bicycle Queensland has been very disturbed to read the coronial report into the death of Carolyn Lister, who died while riding her bike to work at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in July 2020.”

“Carolyn Lister’s death was tragic and unnecessary.  She died because there is no appropriate cycling corridor around the Royal Brisbane Hospital, a major workplace. The truck which hit her did not have safety features which have since been made mandatory for new trucks in Australia.

“Once again, we grieve Carolyn Lister’s tragic and unnecessary death, and we express our deepest condolences to her husband John and family.

“Bicycle Queensland has consulted with Brisbane-area bicycle user groups, who also shared our grief and our disappointment with the long wait for these findings, and the delays that this has caused to making our roads and paths safer.

“We call on Brisbane City Council to urgently implement the upgraded paths and crossings along O’Connell Terrace and Bowen Bridge Rd as mentioned as an “Interim Concept Plan” in the coroner’s findings. If there was any reason to wait for these safety improvements (taking into account the active transport community’s feedback on the concept designs), the publication of these findings removes that reason. We also note that the bikeway and shared path network of inner-city Brisbane is incomplete and disjointed, and that there are still many locations around Brisbane where heavy vehicles share space with vulnerable road users including bike riders, walkers, and scooter riders.

“Every person who leaves home in the morning to travel on our roads and paths has the rightful expectation that they will return home again. Brisbane City Council and the State Government must do more to provide for the safety of all users of our transport systems.

“We welcome the Federal Government’s announcement last week on new mandatory safety features for heavy vehicles, especially side under-run protection, blind spot mirrors, and safety sensors. Had the truck which ran over Carolyn Lister been better equipped with modern safety features, the driver might have been alerted to Carolyn’s presence. However, as the Federal announcement only applies to new vehicles, it would not have saved Carolyn, as the owner-driver fleet is typically older and less safe than trucks owned by the large logistics firms such as Boral.

“We call on State Government and Federal Government to jointly fund safety improvements to the existing fleet of trucks, focussing on assisting owner-drivers to ensure that their vehicles meet the latest safety standards including side under-run protection, blind spot mirrors, and safety sensors.

“We call on State and Federal Government to phase out trucks which cannot be made to meet current safety standards.

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Brisbane bicycle advocates deliver priority list to BCC

Bicycle Queensland and the Brisbane-based bicycle user groups (CBD BUG, East BUG, Brisbane West BUG, North BUG and Airport BUG) have put forward a consolidated priority list to Brisbane City Council’s Transport chair Cr Ryan Murphy.

The list highlights the projects that bicycle advocates believe would be reasonable to expect to be completed at the start of the next four year Council term, regardless of the composition of Council.

Top of the priority list is Stage 5 of the North Brisbane Bikeway, from Price Street through to Eagle Junction. Other top of the list items are the Viola Place link, connecting the links at either end of Indooroopilly Riverwalk, and Stage 2 of CityLink to Fortitude Valley.

The list then goes on to request BCC give priority to addressing the lack of bikeway connectivity on the east side of the city, and lists potential projects in that quarter which would make a difference.

It then looks at those arterial roads currently used by bike riders which have pain points and difficult sections: Nudgee Road, Annerley Road (Annerley Junction to Dutton Park), Kedron Brook Road through Wilston village, Vulture Street: West End to Goodwill Bridge, Sugarmill Road and Sylvan Road.

The full list of bicycle priorities for Brisbane is linked here.

Bicycle Queensland and the bicycle user groups will be sharing this document (and seeking responses to the priorities listed) with candidates for the BCC elections, due in March next year.

BQ Director of Advocacy Andrew Demack said: “It was great to collaborate on this list with the bicycle advocacy groups of Brisbane. These advocates live and breathe these concerns every day, and have great insight to share with Council’s decision-makers about the changes we can make to improve the uptake of bike riding in Brisbane. We are hopeful that this list won’t just remain a static document, but that we will see many of these projects become reality as soon as possible.”