How I became an overnight cycling sensation!

Dear BQ,

It feel like it’s been a very long time since I’ve spoken to you, so I thought I would reach out to say hi and see how you are doing with all that’s going on. As we’re all stuck inside and working from home I thought your team could laugh at my expense! haha!

So as you’re aware I am a bit of a social butterfly, so being cooped up inside has been a bit challenging. Needless to say, it’s been a bit of a struggle to not go out for dinner, drinks or just catch up with friends in general. However, I am very lucky that I do live with two of my closest friends though – so that’s a plus. We’re keeping each other sane, at this stage. 

Now that my wings are clipped and I am working from home rather than my usual 30-minute drive home to wind down, I have turned to a walk along the New Farm/ Teneriffe boardwalk.  However, I weighed up the risk vs reward and as I live with nurses, the risk outweighed the reward so I have decided to turn to an indoor bike training and joining Zwift! 

Indoor training is all great in theory, although I am a cycling noob and have little to no experience (herein lies the problem). So itching to do some exercise or something a little more productive than binge-watching something on the idiot box, I jumped on the internet to see what I could find. Needless to say, there was nothing because I am pretty sure that like myself everyone has decided to become an overnight cycling sensation. The Tour de France better watch out because the COVIDiots are on their way (when the borders open of course!). 

So here I am, Sunday afternoon a bottle of wine deep and myself and my housemates have just completed a 1000 piece puzzle, what could go wrong? I jump online once again in search of what seemed to be an endangered species, an indoor trainer and it turns out I’m in luck, I found a second-hand trainer online. A beginner trainer you ask? No, don’t be silly I bought a secondhand Taxc Flux. 

Anxiously awaiting my new (second-hand trainer) I jump online and start learning about the Tacx Flux and Zwift in preparation for my upcoming Tour de COVID. Thursday rolls around and it finally arrives and let me tell you I am raring to go because after a few GP Lama YouTube videos I am (obviously) now an expert. Funny thing is though, while I was preparing for my Tour de COVID I forgot to check if my Reid Urban XO would fit on a Direct Drive Trainer. The thing is my Flux was coming with a cassette, so what did I have to worry about? But, as I am sure you are aware, cassettes and freewheels are completely different and can’t be interchanged. 

So here I am, my Tour de COVID should’ve started by now, but I have a bike that won’t fit my trainer. What do I do, I contact Garmin Chat at 11:00pm to discuss my options, turns out my options are bleak! It’s either a new trainer or a new bike. I’ve somehow become very attached to my Tacx Flux, so it looks like I’m off to buy a new bike. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. 

So in the words of Shania Twain, “I’m all fired up with no where to burn” calories. 

I hope you get as much of a laugh out of this as I did living it. In times like these, it’s best to look on the bright side of life. I may be a COVIDiot, but I still have my health, a loving family and a job. 

I hope the BQ team are well. 

Warmest regards, 

Joseph x


COVID-19 riding update

We’ve been getting lots of questions from the cycling community about where people can ride at the moment, how far, whether they can drive to somewhere away from their home to go for a ride. There are many uncertainties and conflicting opinions circulating.

What is clear is that the Prime Minister, Queensland Premier, the Chief Health Officer and Queensland Police Commissioner have all said that people should only leave their homes for essential travel reasons only.  While exercising is included in this – they are urging people to stay in their suburb and saying exercise should be done locally.

Our advice is to ride from your front door and remain in your local area. 

What you consider to be your local area remains your judgement call. Perhaps if you’re questioning whether you should be doing something, it is best to give it a miss. 

Here’s the link to the Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction.

Advice Education

Riding solo for the first time

Supporting your physical and mental wellbeing is very important during the COVID-19 outbreak, equally as important is stopping the spread of the virus. Cycling has seen a boost recently with people having more time and looking for a great way to get some fresh air and has minimal risk of infection. We continue to support riders and recommend they follow all government rules and guidelines regarding exercising outdoors and self-isolation.

Our current recommendations state that you should ride SOLO or with members of your own household, please refer to our Coronavirus update for Cyclists for more details. For many seasoned cyclists, riding solo is a given and half the fun is getting some time to yourself, for many others riding solo is a new experience so we have put together some tips and tricks for those about to adventure out on their own, perhaps for the first time.

1. Planning

When planning it is important to consider a few key factors; how far, how long, which route and what if I need help. We recommend writing down the answers to these questions and passing it on to a friend or family member who can track your progress.

  1. How long do you plan to ride for? 30mins, 1 hour, more?
  2. Does this match the distance and speed that you can perform? Be reasonable with your estimates and give yourself a little extra time. Don’t plan a 30km ride and think it will only take an hour if your max speed is 20km/h.
  3. Are you taking the safest route possible?
    1. Are there dangerous intersections that you could avoid?
    2. Are the roads and paths in good condition?
    3. Have you gone this way before? If it’s your first time solo, we don’t recommend exploring new routes as it is easy to get disorientated and distracted, increasing your risk.
    4. Is this a popular route? Other riders are a sign that this route is safe and if things do go wrong there will be someone around to help out.
  4. Can you adjust your timing?
    1. Try and ride during daylight to reduces risks. If you do ride during low-light conditions or night-time remember to have your lights on.
    2. Go for more short rides, this will keep you closer to home (more rides = more cardio increases and more kudos 🤩)
  5. What are your plans if you breakdown or crash?
    1. Can a family member pick you up?
    2. Is this a popular route will someone find you?
    3. Does the route have phone coverage.

2. Preparation

Now you have planned your ride, it is time to get prepared, this is similar to getting ready for a group ride, just remember you need all your own supplies.

  1. Have you checked your bike?
    1. When was the last time was the bike serviced?
    2. Have you checked your brakes?
    3. Is the chain lubricated? Is there rust on the chain?
    4. Are the tyres inflated to the correct pressure?
    5. Are your lights charged?
    6. Do the gears change freely?
  2. Have you spares, water and food?
    1. Have you packed enough water and food for your distance?
    2. Do you have own supplies; tube, pump, levers etc?
    3. The $5 note can be used as an emergency tyre repair material. It’s light weight, foldable and waterproof, and you can use it on the inside of your tyre to seal a cut.
    4. Going bush or an unpopular route, consider carrying a whistle. It carries further then a voice/cry for help and is less exhausting.
  3. Personally
    1. Are you wearing bright kit? Can you be seen?
    2. Is your phone charged?
    3. Are you mentally ready for time by yourself?
    4. Can you fix a flat/other breakdown?

3. Tracking                             

Do you have a phone or GPS that can be tracked? There are many services that offer location tracking and reporting. We recommend letting people know your plan and how they can access your location. Below are a few of the main trackers but do some research into which option works best for you and your tracker, we recommend testing your solution on a short walk or ride to make sure the service is fit for your needs.

  1. Apple devices have installed by default
  2. Android devices can use google find me device
  3. Strava Summit (premium) offers Beacon that shares real-time location data.
  4. Garmin LiveTrack to Track Activities
  5. Everyone should download the triple zero emergency app

4. Check-ins

Now you are set you have your route planned, your bike is ready, and your tracker knows where you are. Make sure you keep your tracker informed on your plans.

  1. Are you on a long ride? A good idea would to be to check in halfway. Not only does your tracker know that you’re ok, but they can double the time for your return.
  2. Have you broken down, get a flat, stopped for a break or a cheeky photo (make sure you tag us if you do), check in with your tracker, they will see that you stopped moving and may get concerned, it will also have added time to your ride.
  3. Coffee time? With many cafés shut or only serving takeaway maybe have a coffee at home, if you arrange with a friend before time you could video call over a coffee to talk about your solo rides.

5. Stay connected and ride well

We hope you enjoy you continue to enjoy riding your bicycle! #ridewell

Remember to share and tag us in your solo ride photos on socials; Facebook @bicycle.qld, Instagram @bicycle_qld, Twitter @bicycleqld, and join the BQ strava group. BQ is riding with you! 

Advice Advocacy

Supporting your local bike shop during COVID-19


During these challenging times it is wonderful to see more folks and families returning to cycling to support their physical and mental wellbeing.  We are also seeing an uptake in active transport as cycling provides a fun, cheap and healthy alternative to public transport. 

With community safety in mind, bike stores are changing the way they work to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the cycling community pedalling. We recommend contacting your local store to ensure you are aware of what process and procedures they have in place.

Find below some changes your local bike shop might be adopting to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. 

  • taking extra precautions and using disinfectant on all contact surfaces.
  • reducing the daily number of employees to minimise the number of people in the shop at once.
  • employees are practicing social distancing other safety precautions.
  • encouraging customers to visit their webstore for parts, and to call or email if they have any questions.
  • if they are accepting bike for services, an appointment only system may apply.
  • new services like customer pick up and drop off services, car park handovers and over the phone payments may be in place.
  • customers will be asked to remove personal items from their bike prior to services e.g. water bottles, bike computers etc.
  • during this time, they may not be offering bike fitting or set up services.
  • prohibiting customers from trying on clothing and helmets, or using a “loan” helmet.
  • if customers purchase items and need to return them, that item will be placed in quarantine for a period. There is not specific data on how long the virus can survive on clothes.  It depends largely on the environment conditions – temperature and humidity.
  • employ the use of face masks for washing bikes to reduce the risk to staff of inhaling vaporised virus particles.
  • place hand sensitisers facilities at the entry to the shop and encourage everyone entering to wash their hands.
  • queue control maybe in place outside of shops to manage social distance guidelines.

Tag your local bike shop to let them know you value their commitment and effort in assisting us to all to #ridewell through COVID-19. Posts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Please see our Coronavirus Q&A for cyclists and Coronavirus update for Cyclists stories for our recommendations to stay safe.


Coronavirus Update for Cyclists

To help the cycling community and our membership understand what the Coronavirus’ impact is on their personal riding, BQ is ensuring we are keeping you up to date with advice on how to ride safely and the upgrades to social-distancing restrictions. 

*All information and commentary is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. 

Although people are now being told to stay at home during the pandemic, you are still allowed to exercise on a daily basis but with new restrictions. 

You should remain home unless you are doing the following:

  • buying essential supplies;
  • going to work (if unable to work from home);
  • exercising;
  • attending personal medical appointments or for compassionate reasons.

This means it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but in line with our previous guidance, you should only do this alone or with members of your household unless any of them have a reason to self-isolate. You may also cycle for transport, either to the shops for supplies, or to work if you are an essential worker.

Group rides are off the table, because we want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Please refer to our previous cycling Q&A statement on COVID-19 and what it means for you.

When you are thinking about where to ride for exercise, here are some elements of your route to consider: 

  1. For your own safety, stay away from high traffic roads. With most people abandoning public transport, the roads around our major centres are still very busy.
  2. For best-practice social distancing, consider staying away from high pedestrian areas. These would include promenade walks such as South Bank or Sandgate foreshore, even ‘bikeways’ such as Norman Creek and Kedron Brook are very busy at the moment. Quiet backstreet routes that link up with longer bikeways like the Centenary Cycleway or the Gateway North bikeway are good.
  3. However, female cyclists especially may also prefer not to ride solo in isolated areas, for personal safety. Let’s give each other the space we need, on the paths and on the roads.

Coronavirus Q&A for Cyclists

It is all of our responsibility to try to avoid spreading this virus to protect the most vulnerable in our community. The team at BQ also advises members to invest more time in their route planning and select connections which minimise risk when cycling – even if this results in an indirect route to the one you would normally take. Now is not the time to be placing more pressure on our health service with accidents or taking unnecessary risk that could be avoided with better planning. 

Below are some of the commonly asked questions the BQ team are receiving on a daily basis.

*All information and commentary is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. 

1.  Is it OK to go for a ride with my children?

Yes, assuming you are all well, not self-isolating (because of symptoms such as a cough or fever) and live in the same household.

You must apply social distancing and hygiene precautions (see below).

2.  Can I ride with my friend if we don’t live in the same household?

No. You should only be riding with people who live in the same household. This is because either of you maybe infected, but are yet to show any signs of symptoms of the COVID-19.

3.  Can I cycle to work?

If your workplace is still open, cycling is a safe passage to work. It is a healthy alternative to public transport and facilities daily exercise which is great for your general wellbeing. 

4.  I am a cyclist in self-isolation with no symptoms. Can I go for a ride?

Maybe! If you have returned from overseas, you would have received specific instructions about what is required of you. And that means, no, you can’t leave your house/backyard.

But, if your self-isolation is for another reason, such as being a member of an ‘at-risk’ group, then its a cautious yes. 

You however must adhere to social distancing guidelines (of at least 2m from other people) and avoid visiting public places like cafes, public toilets and rest stops.

You should follow the additional hygiene precautions and carry tissues or wipes and dispose of them correctly in a bin upon your return home.  Ensure you wash your gloves, water bottle and hands post ride and avoid touching your face. If bikes are being shared amongst riders, all contact points should also be wiped cleaned before use.

5.  I am a cyclist in self isolation with symptoms. Can I go for a ride?


6.  I am over 70 years of age, in good health, with no symptoms, can I go for a ride?

Yes. You must however adhere to the social distancing guidelines, not ride with anyone outside your household and follow the hygiene precautions.

7.  What is the difference between self-isolation and social distancing?

Self-isolation refers to:

  • Not going to work, school or public places.
  • Staying home as much as possible.
  • Not using public transport.
  • Not allowing visitors in your home.

Social distancing refers to:

  • Keeping in touch with family, friends and work colleagues via phone, internet or social media. 
  • Avoiding social gatherings in public places.
  • Avoid non-essential travel via public transport.
  • Avoid contact with someone who shows symptoms of a cough or fever.
  • Working from home where possible.
  • When in a small group situation, remaining 2m apart.

8.  Can I visit the Bicycle Queensland office?

No.  We are trying to limit unnecessary person-to-person contact and potential transmission incidents, so our office is closed to visitors.  Please contact us via email and telephone instead.


Quarterly Advocacy Update: March 2020

Advocacy is one of three pillars of Bicycle Queensland’s activity (along with membership and events). Here’s a snapshot of the last three months of advocacy work that our team has been involved with. Not included in this list is the regular interactions via phone and email with BQ members and other bike riders on safety and infrastructure issues across the state.


  • BQ advocacy manager and CEO were invited by Cr Fiona Hammond, Chair of Brisbane City Council’s Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee to assist her at the opening of the new bikeway section along Riverside Drive, West End. Channel 9 covered the event. The project formalises the section of Riverside Drive from the dead end of Hill End Terrace through to Victoria St as a bikeway. Other sections towards the CBD from there continue to be informal but vital bikeway links.
  • BQ CEO attended the “sod turning” ceremony at Demeio Cycle Park, Demeio Rd, Marsden.  Rebecca was joined by the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Hon Cameron Dick MP, members of the Transurban projects team, Logan BUG and representatives of the local community. This project is an initiative of the Logan Enhancement Project and is all about getting our youngest road users up to speed on basic road safety.  Designed to resemble a real road, the park will allow kids to interpret and understand different road signs, experience travel at different speeds and learn how to give way and share the road safely.  BQ has provided input for additional resources to be made available at the park including education posters on helmet fitting and a bike workstation.   BQ is being kept up to date on the project from the Transurban team and look forward to attending the opening which is scheduled for late 2020.


  • BQ advocacy manager met with TMR’s Metro bikeway designers re options for the V1 at Worrell Street, Macgregor. This is the only remaining ‘on-road’ section of the V1 bikeway, so completing it will be a final piece in the puzzle. The key design challenges are about improving the sightlines and safety of riders as they transition from the motorway-adjacent path to the proposed new path along Worrell St. There are two (or maybe three) other V1 upgrade projects in the pipeline ahead of this one, so it might several years away.
  • BQ advocacy manager met with the Eastern Transitway team re bicycle facilities on Stage 1 of this project. The Eastern Transitway will improve bus facilities on the Old Cleveland Road corridor from Creek Rd, Carindale to Coorparoo. A high-quality shared path is planned for Stage 1, but the project team admits that the restraints of the corridor won’t allow for dedicated bicycle facilities along the full length. BQ will continue to advocate for a high-quality bike facility through Camp Hill and Coorparoo.
  • BQ advocacy manager met with Tim Mitchell from Redland City Council, for an update on the Redlands Coast Transport Strategy. Bicycle Queensland strongly supported the Redlands planning team’s approach to this document, which prioritised walking and cycling and public transport, over other modes. The strategy will hopefully see Redland City move from a ‘business as usual’ approach will only leads to more car-dominated suburbs, to a transport system that gives people the option to travel actively and safely to all their destinations. We heard back recently from Redlands City transport planner Tim Mitchell that the strategy has been adopted. He said in the email: “As a key organisation in advocating active travel across Queensland and in particular informing broader transport policy I would like to once again thank you for being involved in the project and look forward to continuing the strong working relationship between Bicycle Queensland and Council.” We’re keen to see Redlands reintroduce a Council active travel committee, with BQ and local cycling representatives able to meet regularly with Councilors and key staff.
  • BQ advocacy manager and CEO met with Transport and Main Roads Minister, the Hon Mark Bailey, and senior TMR staff including Deputy Director General and Translink boss Matthew Longland, re Bicycle Queensland’s on-going relationship with the department. This is a crucial relationship for Bicycle Queensland. BQ proposals on the ‘Bike With’ program, Bike-Friendly Towns, and Community Harmony Alliance were very well received, and will be part of ongoing discussions.
  • In February, BQ advocacy manager was the cycling community’s representative at Transport and Main Roads’ Active Transport Investment Program’s grants assessment panel. Local councils across the state submit projects for 50-50 funding. Some of the projects are in the planning or feasibility phase, others are closer to construction. As long as the proposed project is on the state-wide Principal Cycle Network Plan (preferably as a Highest Priority or Priority A route), and it passes the ‘value for money’ test, then it stands a good chance of being funded. The PCNP was developed in consultation with councils, and bike-riding groups, and is regularly updated. There were dozens of projects submitted by councils, and the panel also assesses cycling projects from the TMR districts. And as a result there are some excellent projects in the pipeline. Some are a few years away from pouring the concrete, but others will be here sooner rather than later.
  • BQ advocacy manager met with TMR’s North Brisbane Bikeway project officers, re options for the next stage (stage 4). Works have just completed on Stage 3, which is a great separated link through Albion, along Bridge Street / McDonald Rd alignment. This project has taken a long time to get to this stage, and every step has been a battle. But we believe the outcomes are very positive for people from the northside who want to commute to the CBD.
  • BQ’s advocacy manager and CEO hosted BQ’s first ever online meeting of regional bicycle user groups. We had representatives from Cairns, Innisfail, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Capricorn Coast, Bundaberg, and Fraser Coast — all of the active regional BUGs were represented, except Toowoomba which comes to the metro forums we hold. It was an excellent discussion about how BUGs can work collaboratively with BQ, local Councils and TMR districts towards getting the principal cycle network built. Timing was very good as new Councils will be elected this weekend, and we are keen to work with local advocates to ensure we are most effective in helping set agendas for the next four years.
  • BQ’s CEO and advocacy manager met with key people from the Department of Housing and Public Works and Sport & Recreation, Rory Parker, policy advisor to Minister Mick De Brenni, and Chad Anderson, Executive Director for Housing and Public Works. BQ presented our vision for programs which would move Queensland forward towards connected liveable communities, including the ‘Bike With’ program, and Bike Friendly Towns, and the Commuter Harmony Alliance. There was in-principle support for the Alliance, and good discussion on ways forward through the Sport and Recreation Partnerships Office, which co-ordinates the Activate! Program. This relationship has great potential for getting the cycling and active commuting message into targetted regional areas.
  • BQ advocacy manager attended a regular meeting of the Brisbane North BUG (bicycle user group), as the guest speaker. It was good opportunity to touch base with BQ members who are passionate about improving cycling in their local area, and to update NorthBUG about BQ’s strategic direction. One great local project the BUG is advocating for is an off-road pathway connection in the Moreton Bay council area, which would link into the Kedron Brook bikeway. The proposed link would route through Harry Evans Park. Moreton Bay council are surveying the park with the purpose of developing designs.
  • BQ advocacy manager met with Michael Visser, a BQ member who has been active in looking for positive outcomes on how on-road cyclists with cameras fixed to their bikes, can work co-operatively with the Queensland Police Service on enforcement of safe passing laws. Visser is a web developer, and he has also been working with the camera manufacturer Cycliq. Michael gave us a preview of Upride, an online reporting tool, which Cycliq has funded. See Upride has the potential to take some of the “heat” out of interactions between cyclists who have been close passed, and QPS officers who feel under-resourced to deal with the issue.
  • BQ CEO and advocacy manager met with Sandy Murdoch, founder of Traction, a charity which does great work with at-risk young people, and uses the bicycle as a vehicle for change (pun very much intended, thank you). Traction’s mentors work with selected high school students on an intensive project, usually stripping down and rebuilding a bicycle. The meeting was to strengthen existing ties between the two organisations. COVID-19 has temporarily shut down our plans for Traction to provide bicycle maintenance courses to BQ members and the public, but no doubt that will return when the time is right.
  • BQ CEO and advocacy manager met with Russell White, Managing Director Driver Safety Australia, and founder of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, re BQ’s Commuter Harmony Alliance and building partnerships in the driver training area. BQ will work on providing resources in areas such as fleet training for drivers.
  • BQ’s CEO was invited to be part of a very select stakeholder group, meeting with Queensland Police Service’s head of Road Policing, Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating about changes to the Road Policing Command structures. Others in the room were senior leaders in Transport and Main Roads, including the Director-General, and CEOs and senior leaders from the Local Government Association of Queensland, RACQ, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, QUT research group CARRS-Q, and the University of Southern Queensland. Assistant Police Commissioner Keating briefed stakeholders on Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll’s vision for the future of policing in Queensland. Ben Marcus was introduced to the group as the contact going forward regarding all maters to do with Road Policing Command.  Ben expressed his commitment to this role and reinforced the QPS commitment to Road safety.  Ben will be actively updating stakeholders on the outcomes of the QPS strategic review and service alignment program discussions. Like Bicycle Queensland, the QPS strives to provide a professional service to all of Queensland.  The decision to place a Deputy Police commissioner permanently in North Queensland can only mean better outcomes for regional Queenslanders.   
  • BQ advocacy manager attended Queensland Rail bicycle reference group. As previously mentioned, this group has made great progress in helping Qld Rail identify the needs for secure bike parking cages and casual bike parking racks at prioritised stations in the CityRail network. That role is almost completed, especially as the station upgrades roll out as part of Cross River Rail. However, there will still be a number of older stations which have major accessibility issues, requiring multiple flights of stairs to reach the platform — tough for many users, not just people with bikes. As these are mostly smaller, less patronised stations, it becomes a balancing act as to whether the investment in upgrading the station is justified in increased patronage, but BQ’s view is that providing local access is a key to enabling multi-modal transport trips, as well as reducing car dependence.
  • BQ CEO and advocacy manager met with Paul Turner, Chief Communications Officer for RACQ, and RACQ’s head of policy Steve Spalding. The meeting was to continue to build our potential partnership opportunities with RACQ, on areas to do with e-bikes, breakdown service, insurance opportunities, and also discussions on current and proposed Compulsory Third-Party Insurance (CTP) funding models in Queensland. BQ supports the continuation of the current low-cost CTP system, which gives cyclists the opportunity to be covered by BQ’s membership based insurance.
  • BQ CEO and advocacy manager met with Mitchell Price and Ian Brouckaert from Lime, about their company’s plans for e-bikes and e-scooters in the Queensland marketplace. E-scooters bring an increase in traffic on shared pathways that places pressure on Governments local and state to provide higher standard facilities. We also discussed insurance issues, and the burgeoning privately-owned e-scooter market, and the challenges that brings.
  • BQ CEO and advocacy manager met with Cross River Rail project re designs for the station upgrades for Fairfield and Exhibition station. BQ’s feedback advocated for casual and secure bike parking at the stations, ease of access to the platforms for people with bikes (and people in wheelchairs, parents with prams and strollers, etc) and strong connections to the local bikeway network, especially for Exhibition station.
  • BQ CEO and advocacy manager met with Brisbane City Council project team for the Victoria Park Vision, specifically to advocate for extension of the ‘community hub’ concept in the draft vision to be expanded to include a physical space that community groups such as BQ and BUGs and riding groups could use for education and training, but also as a social meeting space.

Media issues

  • BQ’s CEO and advocacy manager gave multiple interviews to North Queensland media outlets in late February when a driver drove into an early morning group of cyclists, who were riding in a bike lane on a wide, flat arterial road in Townsville. Five cyclists were injured, and two of them were BQ members. There is never any upside to these incidents, but the BQ team does our best to represent the cycling community in terms of our outrage that people simply riding their bikes are put at risk by these anti-social actions, and also to continue our advocacy towards safer paths and places to ride, right across this very large state.
  • BQ’s advocacy manager sent advice to bicycle users groups across the state about appopriate measures for bike riding groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • BQ’s advocacy manager took over the Cycling Brisbane Instagram @cyclingbrisbane account, for Brisbane City Council, for the week leading up to our planned first event of the year, the Bike With Brisbane active commuting day. Because BCC are in caretaker mode in the lead-up to the local government elections on Saturday 28th March, all posts had to be pre-approved by the Cycling Brisbane team.
  • In response to  COVID-19, BQ CEO published a response statement on 20/3/2020.  This statement is published on the BQ website and announced over our social media pages.  In addition to the BQ marketing has launched a #RIDEWELL campaign which will sit on our social media platforms over the coming weeks.  This campaign is designed to provide members with up to date information and guidelines regarding their cycling behaviours and choices in response to COVID-19.  Embedded in this campaign is support messages and tips to #ridewell through these exceptional circumstances.

Advocacy through story-telling

  • We’ve been working with our marketing team and the CEO to embrace video storytelling as an advocacy tool, and to share stories of success that are about the transforming power of riding a bicycle. As we worked with BQ’s events team towards the planned first public announcement of Bicycle Queensland’s Commuter Harmony Alliance, we identified ambassadors who had personal stories to tell.
    • BQ’s advocacy manager has filmed and edited video stories featuring:
    • Cathy Peel from Brisbane Chicks Who Ride Bikes, who has a inspiring story of how getting into cycling gave her confidence and improved mental and physical health.
    • David Sallows, from the University of the Third Age, Redlands, still riding several times a week in his mid-80s, who says that the social and communal aspects of cycling have kept him going strong.
    • Renee Dikeni, “Fit Aussie Sista”, a teacher and mother who is living car-free for a year, and who rides 300km a week on her cargo e-bike.
    • Ellen Armstrong and Sarah Reedman, physiotherapists who work with children and young adults with balance issues (e.g. Cerebral palsy) to enable them to be active on adapted bicycle-type devices, called ‘race runners’.
    • Hand-cyclist Graham Walters, who hasn’t let an accident which put him permanently in a wheelchair be the end of his cycling life. He has ridden BQ events including Brisbane to Gold Coast.

The video stories are being used on our social media channels, and are also be available as a playlist on Bicycle Queensland’s YouTube channel:

We’ve got others coming up as well, including Andrea and Richard Herklots, who have morphed their e-bike business into a way of providing adapted bikes for people with mobility difficulties.

— Andrew Demack, Advocacy Manager


BQ COVID-19 Response

In response to the current environment, Bicycle Queensland (BQ) is putting in place measures to help protect the health of our staff, members and wider cycling community.

COVID-19 Update

The BQ team and Management committee remain vigilant and adaptive to the guidance being provided by the Council of Australian Government (COAG).  The COAG now prohibits non-essential gatherings of groups of 100 people or more and requires 14-day isolation of anyone arriving from overseas. 

This has led to the cancellation many sporting and social events, including our Bike with Brisbane event and associated Bike with activations throughout the State.  BQ understands the importance of slowing the infection rate and reducing the chances of people at higher risk being exposed to COVID-19.

BQ actions in the current climate

  1. Processes and procedures have been put in place to ensure BQ staff can work safely and efficiently from home if required. The BQ team will continue to provide a professional service to our members. Our bikes will just be parked at home instead of the office.
  2. In the interest of staff and community safety we have cancelled our Bike with Brisbane and associated activations, as well as our Yarraman to Wulkuraka Rail Trail adventure. We will provide further updates on other planned events as more information becomes available.
  3. We know our members love to ride our events and ride together so the BQ team are busy developing alternative events and activations for members to assist them to remain active and engaged during this period.
  4. BQ has provided written support and guidance to all Queensland BUG’s on Tuesday 17/3/2020 in relation to group rides, planned meetings and travel.
  5. BQ is providing advice and support to members through a targeting social media campaign #ridewell. This is providing specific messages on how the cycling community can play its role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

How BQ members can support each other and the wider community

  1. Share our #ridewell posts on your social media pages to assist us in spreading the word on tips to remain safe whilst riding.
  2. Let the BQ team know if you need assistance in supporting active transport in your workplace. There has never been a better time to ride to work.
  3. Support fellow members by sharing your route to work or encourage others to do so. You can share your route by joining our Strava Club
  4. Share your active transport tips and hacks with us so we can share them with fellow members and the wider cycling community.

Ride well,

Rebecca Randazzo

Chief Executive

*All information and commentary is correct to the best of our knowledge at time of publishing.