BQ go back to school for our Bicycle Skills and Road Safety School Programs

A big thank you to all the schools and communities that took part in Bicycle Queensland’s Bicycle Skills and Road Safety Program over the last few months. We would like to make a special mention of our supporting partners, KrushOz for supplying some excellent prizes on the day, and My Bike Shop in Mitchelton for handing out some discount vouchers and giving all the bikes a safety check prior to running our sessions at St Peter’s Chanel School.

As children become more mobile and explore urban traffic environments, embedding safe walking and cycling behaviours in children is vital in laying the foundations for safe independent mobility throughout life. BQ’s school and kindergarten programs engage students in the Australian Curriculum and Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines designed road safety practices.

We’d like to thank Yeronga State School and St Peter’s Chanel School, The Gap, Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Maudsland and Mermaid Water as well as Highfields Child Care Centre for their organisation and support. In these sessions we covered,

  • Helmet fitting
  • ABC bike safety
  • Controlled and emergency braking
  • Signalling
  • Understanding road signs
  • Stranger danger

It’s proven that the knowledge we teach students in our program build confidence and skills on and around the bike as well as preparing them for slow traffic environments. The more children who ride, scoot, or walk to school, the fewer cars there will be on the roads and the less traffic congestion there will be around schools. Students who actively travel arrive awake and alert—improving their concentration, recall, and ability to understand the material being taught.

“My 6-year-old daughter has been reminding us how to use the 2-finger rule to ensure our helmets are fit correctly” – Kate, Parent

“The information about road safety and route planning gave my son the confidence to ride to school for the first time.” – Jenny, Parent

“I really liked the emergency braking. It was heaps fun. I learned how to stop fast and avoid obstacles.” – Oliver, Student

“…the kids at the school benefited greatly and my 2 kids are constantly reminding me with the useful tips they learnt (for in the car and on the bike!).” Fiona, Parent

Towards the end of the year, we will visit a few more schools across South-East Queensland and look forward to the next round of Community Road Safety Grants opening so we can build on the success of 2021. Keep your eye on the Community Road Safety Grant webpage for more info or get in touch at to book in your school or community.


Full Steam Ahead for Bikes on Trains

In response to a request from Bicycle Queensland, the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Hon Mark Bailey MP today announced a six-month trial of allowing bicycles and e-scooters on trains in peak hours.

Bicycle Queensland CEO Rebecca Randazzo said the six-month trial of allowing bicycles and e-scooters on peak hour trains in peak direction of travel, which will start 1 July, was a win for people who want flexibility in how they get around south-east Queensland.

“Every time someone uses the combination of bike and train to get around SEQ, that’s one less car on the roads,” Ms Randazzo said.

Watch the video of the announcement here.

Pictured is Bicycle Queensland’s CEO Rebecca Randazzo and Transport Minister Mark Bailey on Sunday at Albion train station to announce the great news.

“And combining public transport and bike riding helps you find your 30 minutes of physical activity for the day. And reduces carbon emissions. And it puts a smile on your face because you’re not stuck in traffic.”

“As it says on the Queensland Rail website: ‘Using your bicycle is a great way to get around South-east Queensland’!”  Ms Randazzo said.

Minister Bailey’s decision was a response to a letter sent in March, drafted by Bicycle Queensland and supported by all the bicycle user groups in the CityTrain operating area.

The letter highlighted Queensland Rail’s recent progress made in providing quality bike parking facilities at upgraded CityTrain stations but highlighted the prohibition of bikes on peak hour trains as a glaring issue in Queensland Rail’s services to bike riders.

“This is a great step forward, and we thank the Minister,” Ms Randazzo said.

“We would also like to be able to bring bikes on the G-Link tram on the Gold Coast, and a more liberal allocation for bike storage on the Tilt Train service from Brisbane to Bundaberg and Rockhampton,” Ms Randazzo said.

BQ Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy Feedback

BQ is pleased to be playing a larger role in the heavy vehicle safety space. Last month the NVHR’s 5-year heavy vehicle safety strategy was released, and our Director of Education was happy to see the partnership approach between industry, supply chain, government and community that will bring about improved safety outcomes.

Bicycle Queensland put in a response to the strategy looking to improve awareness of vulnerable road users and more clearly identify the safety improvements to older vehicles.

View the response feedback here.

If you would like to find out more about our response to this strategy, please get in touch by emailing!

Advocacy & Education – Q1 2021

Launching the Commuter Harmony Alliance, working on submissions on major issues and an on-going focus on strengthening our involvement with regional councils have been three of the major themes of Bicycle Queensland’s advocacy work in the first quarter of 2021. In the education department, Bicycle Queensland’s Director of Education, Patrick, has had a busy start to 2021 as the demand for our education services increases. The development of online learning tools remains a priority to ensure we meet our statewide membership and stakeholder base.

Read the full report in detail via the link below.

Join us for the first-ever Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Festival of Cycling this June!

On Saturday 5th June, Bicycle Queensland and Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association Inc (BVRTUA) are teaming up to host the first Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Festival of Cycling.

It will be the biggest event of its kind held on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, catering for gravel riders and holiday goers with options to purchase transport to and from the event available.

Riders will be fully supported with ride marshals, mechanics, first aid, support vehicles and rest stops with food throughout the whole event. Participants will also have access to event photos taken by professional photographers, free of charge.

Riders can choose from three different distances for all ages, preferences and abilities:

  • 44km from Linville to Yarraman
  • 75km from Toogoolawah to Yarraman
  • 161km from Wulkuraka to Yarraman (end-to-end).

All distances end in Yarraman, where the Yarraman Business Group is hosting a Finish Line Festival with music, food, markets and activities for the whole family from 10am to 4pm. 

CEO of Bicycle Queensland, Rebecca Randazzo, is excited to offer a gravel bike event in partnership with BVRTUA.

‘Adventuring through one of Queensland’s most historic landmarks is a great way to holiday at home this year, especially as the event offers transport options, food, bike support and entertainment for the whole family. We’re proud to be working together with a regional organisation to bring a gravel ride event to this iconic Queensland cycling destination.”

Early bird entries are available until Tuesday 4th of May – Purchase tickets here:

Bicycle Queensland members save $10 off the ticket price – contact Bicycle Queensland for more information.

Bike with Brisbane, that’s a wrap!

Bike with Brisbane, that’s a wrap!

Thanks to everyone who came along, grabbed some breakfast & coffee and took the Commuter Harmony Alliance pledge with us on a perfect Autumn morning in March. Bike racks were full and many bananas were tossed 🍌

A shout out to our partner’s Cycle Law, Cycling Brisbane, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland, Advance Traders BMX & Scooter division, NAQ Nutrition, Boral and Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) for having activities and information set up at the event – we couldn’t have done it without you!

And finally a special thanks to those who rode in the harmony ride to mark the launch of our newest advocacy initiative, Commuter Harmony Alliance. Harmony ride riders and VIP supporters:

CEO Quarterly Round-Up: March 2021

We’re constantly looking for new ways to improve and add value to our memberships, whether this is through benefits, insurance, events or advocacy. As a member you enable us to make real, impactful changes in communities all over Queensland, but sometimes we get so caught up doing it all that we don’t get a chance to recap on what we’ve done. To keep you in the loop, every quarter we will share with you everything we do to make cycling better for you, and other cyclists in Queensland.

Dear members and friends,

I can’t believe it is March already – what a difference twelve months makes. I was so proud of how the team adapted in 2020 to a changing environment yet were still able to service our members and establish new partnerships. Despite not being able to run face to face events we worked tirelessly in the advocacy and education space to support existing and new riders.   

2021 is about driving our agenda. 

The staff and management committee have been working hard on a new strategic plan for Bicycle Queensland, which will guide our services and new initiatives for the next three years. Thank you to everyone who participated in the open workshops over the past four months. I look forward to sharing the plan with you shortly. 

Our work has never been more important. The experiences of COVID 19 have highlighted the value of riding a bicycle, as thousands of Queenslanders turned to bike riding to support their health during challenging times. As we unite and recover, the relevance of bike riding as a transport alternative, recreational and wellbeing option as well as an environmental movement remains a priority body of work for us.  

So far, 2021 has been very busy. 

We are excited to be returning to the events space with the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Festival of Cycling (5th June) and our iconic Brisbane to Gold Coast event (17th October). We have been working hard on new collaborations to further enhance these experiences. We recently ran an activation event in Toowoomba and look forward to working with communities in Logan, Redland City Council and central Queensland later this year.  We continue to build out more benefits for our members and lobby hard (read our response to the BCC draft strategy on e-mobility here and BCC’s Draft Strategy on Off-Road Cycling here) at the political level for more funding and revised policies which support more people to ride more often.

Earlier this month we also saw the very successful launch of Commuter Harmony Alliance – a platform for speaking about advocacy and safety issues from a broader perspective than just bicycle riders. It is a new way to build a coalition across all transport sectors to look at positive behaviour change programs that emphasise common values between all users of the transport systems. We encourage all our members to take the pledge and help us raise awareness about protecting those most vulnerable on our roads and shared pathways. 

Despite being very busy at work I have stayed true to my goals of riding regularly, even if it’s a short, sweaty session on the trainer at 5am. Like many of you, I wear my many hats during the week (mum, wife, daughter, career, coach, and my community work). I have struggled in the past to prioritise my own wellbeing, but this year I am dedicating more time to social rides with friends and family and encourage you to do the same. We all know life is better when we ride more.

Until next time, happy and safe riding.


BQ’s response to the BCC draft strategy on e-mobility

The emergence of e-scooters and other “rideables” highlights the imperative for Governments of all levels to work together towards a resilient, legible and attractive network for active transport users and rideables.

In our response to Brisbane City Council’s draft e-mobility strategy, Bicycle Queensland has:

  • Called for BCC to revise its current planning for walking and cycling infrastructure in light of this e-mobility strategy
  • Increase the investment level
  • Review path widths on routes likely to carry significant numbers of rideables and e-bikes;
  • And shorten the timeframes for delivering the network.

Bicycle Queensland has supported the e-mobility strategy’s directions, despite expressing safety concerns about e-scooters, as reported by BQ members since rideables were introduced in 2018. We are writing to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads to request a review of primary safety concerns around rideables, and to mandate turn indicators and brake lights on e-scooters.

View Bicycle Queensland’s response to the BCC draft strategy on e-mobility here, and CEO Rebecca Randazzo’s letter to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, The Hon Mark Bailey MP here.