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Sunshine Coast: local advocates know what they want

Raised pedestrian crossing at Montville

Bicycle Queensland’s Director of Advocacy, Andrew Demack, represents members on the Sunshine Coast Active Transport Advisory Committee (ATAC). This committee was an initiative of Transport and Main Roads Minister, Hon Mark Bailey, and includes a councillor from Sunshine Coast Regional Council, and senior staff from both the Council and TMR district office.

The committee includes a group of excellent local cycling advocates: Damian Jones, Prue Oswin, and Tim Rogers from the Sunshine Coast chapter of Cycling Without Age. The local advocacy group are setting the agenda for how to move active transport forward on the Sunshine Coast. As well as looking at bikeway infrastructure priorities, they have also identified cycling and walking access to shopping and education precincts as an area that gives great ‘bang-for-buck’ in terms of outcome for dollars spent.

At Sunshine Coast ATAC’s most recent meeting, Prue pointed to the success of Montville’s walking precinct as an example of adding raised pedestrian priority crossings to slow traffic and create an environment in which people feel comfortable walking and cycling. The group identified five projects across the Coast to get the ball rolling: priority crossings at Eumundi and Bli Bli, Mooloolaba to Minyama ferry, bikeway at Oceanic Drive, Wurtulla, improving path connections from Caloundra to Caloundra South, and signalising Nicklin Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout.

It’s great to work with local advocates with a vision for how cycling and walking have the potential to transform local communities, and we look forward to seeing these projects move forward!

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Bikeway detours and closures

Diversion for Bicentennial Bikeway

Bikeway users will be diverted to a new route along the Bicentennial Bikeway between Victoria Bridge and Waterline Park from Monday 16 May 2022.

A diversion will be required onto The Landing while works to upgrade public space adjacent to the Queen’s Wharf site occur.

When:
From Monday 16 May 2022 the diversion will be in place for pedestrians and active transport users on the Bicentennial Bikeway for around 12 months.

Where:
From the City Cat terminal at North Quay to the start of the Mangrove Walk, a diversion will be in place on The Landing for all bikeway users (Refer to map below).

The diversion will be clearly marked with hoarding and directional and speed limit signage.

Temporary diversion:
The diversion is required while rejuvenation works to transform the public space is underway. The diversion will be in place for around 12 months while the new public space will open with the first stage of the Integrated Resort Development in mid-2023.

There will be a mix of concrete and suspended structures along the bikeway diversion. Please plan ahead, take care and ride to conditions.

Bicentennial Bikeway Diversion
Bicentennial Bikeway Diversion

For more information head to the Queens Warf Brisbane website.

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Advocacy Bikeway detours and closures

Bicentennial Bikeway Restoration | BQ Letter to BCC

Update 23 March

Great news! Brisbane City Council have agreed to our suggestion of a pop-up bikeway on Coronation Drive.

The left outbound lane of Coronation Drive between Lang Parade and Graham Street will become a temporary bikeway from Monday morning.

Brisbane City Council said the speed limit in that section would be slowed to 40 kilometres per hour and water-filled safety barriers would separate vehicle and cycling traffic.

Read more here.

Following on from constructive work done by Brisbane West BUG, Bicycle Queensland wrote to Brisbane City Council to seek their assistance in the quickest possible restoration of the Bicentennial Bikeway.

Director of Advocacy Andrew Demack wrote to Cr Ryan Murphy, Chair of Transport, saying:

“The BCC website currently gives no timelines for either inspection of the bikeway, or for the removal of debris. It would be very helpful to have a timeline on how long this disruption will last!

“We urge you to collaborate closely with Maritime Safety Queensland to expedite the removal of the former Drift restaurant from the bikeway.

“Lord Mayor and Cr Murphy, our bikeways are always vulnerable to severe weather events because our network of bikeways and shared paths is not resilient, and lacks alternatives. The Bicentennial Bikeway is a world-class facility, but there is no fallback, no detour bikeway for 5000 regular bike riders to use.

“Bicycle Queensland’s members are keen to work with BCC on solutions. Here are some suggestions that take seriously the concerns of bike riders and others who use the Bicentennial Bikeway:

  • BCC could provide a temporary bike lane on Coronation Drive.
  • Free train travel for bike riders at Toowong and Auchenflower stations to CBD stations.
  • Free travel on BCC buses for bike riders from Toowong to City destinations.
  • Sign alternate route such as https://www.strava.com/routes/2938247928450082494.
  • Temporary lowering of the speed limit to 40 km/h on the sections of Coronation Drive which are likely to have increased bike traffic.

“Many BQ members have reported to us that they see the lack of timelines for repairing bikeways as a symbol of BCC’s priorities. We urge you to consider active transport and e-mobility as being of equal significance in Council’s transport system as the road network.

“Building a resilient system that can withstand future flood events is part of re-ordering these priorities,” Mr Demack said.

Read our letter to Cr Ryan Murphy here

Drift on Bicentennial Bikeway
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Press releases

Bicycle Queensland Update

Devastated but Determined

We know that many of our members, friends, and neighbours have been impacted by the recent weather events experienced in South-East Queensland, South Burnett, Maryborough and Tweed regions. Our hearts go out to those impacted and who are currently displaced as the clean-up process continues.

Sadly, Bicycle Queensland’s Milton office has also suffered extensive damage. From everyone at BQ we would like to sincerely thank the volunteers who assisted in the clean-up over the last week. The job has been enormous.

With the office being submerged for three days, we have lost almost everything. We were able to salvage a few children’s bikes that are used in our education programs, and some shade marquees. 

Our membership and event systems are all online and will continue to operate without interruption. Given we will be in recovery mode for some time, the Bicycle Queensland team is working remotely.

The best way to keep in touch with us is via email: 

We are full speed ahead on the 2022 Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, to be held on its new date of Sunday 17 July. We hope you will support us in this year’s event as either a participant or sponsor.  A sold-out event will expedite our recovery and get us “back on the bike” faster.  If you would like to sign up for the 2022 Downer Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge visit our website here https://b2gc.com.au/ or if you would like to sponsor the event contact bqinfo@bq.org.au. 


Also on track is the next round of Her Ride courses to encourage and give more skills to women bike riders. The next course will commence on Sunday 13 March.  To sign up and support our HER RIDE initiative you can secure a spot here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/266593015887

The road ahead is challenging. We will draw on our Queensland spirit, and remain positive and resilient staying connected to and servicing our members and the state remains our priority.  We are determined to rebuild and continue our work to make Queensland the best place to ride a bike.

Stay safe and happy riding, 

Rebecca Randazzo   

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Nolan

Vice President

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Press releases

Bicycle Queensland Closed

The Bicycle Queensland office at Lang Parade Milton has been impacted by the recent weather event. The office is closed with arrangements in place to work remotely whilst we wait for the water levels to subside.

The best way to get in touch with us for the next few days is by email. Like many of you, we will be working from home and navigating power outages over the coming days. We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries quickly. 

Please send all membership enquiries to membership@bq.org.au.

Please send all event enquiries to events@bq.org.au.

All other general enquiries to bqinfo@bq.org.au.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to members who have been impacted in recent days.

We know that many of our Brisbane-based members will be keen to help with the clean-up of BQ HQ. But right at the moment, it’s not safe, so please don’t go to Milton.

We would love to have your assistance when the time comes. Stay tuned for when we know more!

Stay safe everyone.

Rebecca,

CEO

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Ride to Work Tax Scheme

Australia will have a Federal Election soon (before the end of May). We know Bicycle Queensland members are deeply engaged in working towards a better nation and are keen to have their say. We think that one simple change the Federal Government could make would be to allow the purchase of bicycles and e-bicycles for transport to work to be salary-sacrificed.

If you agree, please write to the candidates in your Federal electorate. We have some suggested text below.

Follow the prompts to send your letter:

  1. copy and paste the below draft into your email
  2. take the link to access your candidates information – https://www.craft.do/s/nQ1Nv2wnHuAWfu
  3. send your email for a healthier Australia
Letter to Federal Candidates

Dear candidate

One massive challenge facing Australia today is how to help people make personal changes towards a sustainable future, rather than relying on Government or business.

I’m writing to you as a candidate for the 2022 Federal Election to put forward one idea which would get us to Net Zero emissions faster and also make the population healthier.

Australia should follow the UK’s lead and give substantial tax breaks for people buying bicycles and e-bicycles used for transport (1). The UK Cycle to Work scheme generates twice as much economic benefit to the nation in health and physical fitness as it costs in lost taxes (2).

This 2:1 cost-benefit ratio makes this a no-brainer for the Australian context. Why wouldn’t we want to have a healthier population, with a lower risk of heart disease, more alert and productive at work, and reduce traffic congestion and pollution at the same time?

A Cycle To Work tax scheme would achieve all these benefits, and the UK example shows there’s simply no downside. I look forward to your response.

Yours towards a healthier Australia

regards

(name)

A bike rider.

Notes:

1.Cycle to Work scheme guidance for employers.

2.UK Cycle to Work scheme generates UKP 72 million in economic benefits a year.2022 Federal

Find your candidate below:

https://www.craft.do/s/nQ1Nv2wnHuAWfu

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Advocacy Press releases

Bill Loveday- Bicycle Queensland Life Member

Bicycle Queensland’s longest-serving office bearer, Bill Loveday, was elected as a Life Member at a Special General Meeting on 24 February.

Bill was president of Bicycle Queensland for 20 years (1999-2019), and also served as secretary before that.

BQ vice-president Rachel Nolan paid tribute to Bill’s contribution, working closely with BQ’s first CEO Ben Wilson as the organisation experienced rapid growth in membership, capacity and influence during his tenure as President.

“Bill Loveday and Ben Wilson were the people who led this transition from a tiny community group to an organisation with 16,000 members which has a significant influence on Government policy and spending on infrastructure. Bicycle Queensland owes Bill Loveday a great deal,” Ms Nolan said.

Bill Loveday life member
From left – BQ President Rob Van Manen, Life Member Bill Loveday , BQ Vice-President Rachel Nolan.
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Bikes Permanently on Trains After Successful Trial

Bicycle Queensland’s advocacy in favour of bikes on trains paid off on the weekend with the announcement by Transport Minister Mark Bailey that the trial has become permanent.

Bicycle Queensland wrote to the Minister with the support of metro area bicycle user groups in March 2021, with a request to liberalise the rules around bicycles on CityTrains. At the time, you could not take your bike on peak hour trains in the peak direction of travel. 

BQ’s Director of Advocacy Andrew Demack explains: “The long-standing prohibition of bikes on trains during peak hour made no sense to us, especially in early 2021 when patronage was way down during the pandemic.”

“Even when passenger numbers on our CityTrains return to normal levels, it’s our view that allowing bikes on trains at any time makes both modes more useful for so many people. 

“Multi-moding — riding a short trip to the train station, then taking your bike with you, so that you can ride it another short trip at the other end — just highlights the flexibility of the bike as a transport option, and the usefulness of the train.

“So with the support of all the metro area BUGs, we asked the Minister to make this change. He responded by announcing a trial of the change, and now the policy of allowing bikes on trains at any time has been made permanent. We’re delighted!”

“There is always more to do, and we are keen to develop our partnerships with Queensland Rail, and the Cross River Rail project. Investment in public transport is a win for those of us who are keen on giving options for the way we move around. Public transport and active transport go hand in hand,” Mr Demack said.

Read the Brisbane Times announcement below.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/bikes-scooters-allowed-permanently-on-trains-after-successful-trial-20220121-p59q56.html

Transport Minister Mark Bailey and BQ CEO Rebecca Randazzo