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Riding High: Bicycle Queensland’s Unforgettable 2023 Journey 

As the sun sets on another fantastic year for Bicycle Queensland, it’s time to reflect on the successes that defined our two-wheeled adventure in 2023. From breaking gender barriers to paving new paths, here’s a snapshot of our journey: 

  1. Her Ride Empowerment Programs: A Triumph for Women on Wheels 

Breaking stereotypes and building confidence, our Her Ride programs have empowered Queensland women. From conquering road riding challenges to mastering mountain bike trails, this initiative has been a celebration of female ridership, building skills, confidence and connection. 

2. Local advocacy: Pedalling Towards Safer Routes 

Bicycle Queensland partners with 26 bicycle user groups across the state, harnessing the passion of local advocates towards making Queensland a better and safer place to ride a bike. We connect every day with people facing barriers to bike riding and provide a conduit to finding solutions with State and local governments. 

3. Government Partnerships: Navigating Towards Sustainability 

A heartfelt thanks to the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads for their unwavering support and sponsorship. Together, we’re steering Queensland towards a greener, more bike -friendly future. 

4. Corporate Allies: Strength in Unity for a Healthier Queensland 

Our collaborations with corporate allies—White Cloud Foundation, McInnes Wilson Lawyers, V Insurance Brokers, and Lug & Carrie—have been instrumental. Together, we’re supporting healthier, happier, more liveable communities  

5. Rail Trail Initiative: Supporting community development into Regional Queensland 

Our commitment to regional revitalisation shines through our work with the Rail Trail Network. Covering 300 km to date, these picturesque trails are not just pathways; they’re threads weaving communities together, preserving our rich heritage. We invite you to enjoy a video BQ has produced about the Rail Trail, you can watch it here.  

For an in-depth dive into our achievements, check out our 2023 Year in Review brochure here. Join us in reliving the joy, challenges, and triumphs that made 2023 an unforgettable chapter in Bicycle Queensland’s story. 

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Bicycle Queensland’s Ambitious Budget Submission Urges Government Commitment to Transformative Active Transport Initiatives 

We are pleased present our organisation’s 2024-25 Budget Submission, showcasing our steadfast commitment to the one million Queenslanders who engage in cycling and scootering weekly, whether for transport, recreation, or sport. 

Attached is Bicycle Queensland’s comprehensive budget document, a blueprint aligning with the Queensland Cycling Action Plan and the 2022 State Infrastructure Strategy. Our dedication to advancing active transport is evident, supporting the government’s initiatives for healthier communities. 

In our submission, we champion solutions that align with the National Obesity Strategy 2022–2032 and the Queensland Climate Action Plan. We emphasise four key focus areas: 

1. Healthy and Active Communities, Safer Neighbourhoods: 

  • Implementing behaviour change programs for school children and families. 
  • Delivering women-specific bike riding programs. 

2. Increased Investment in Walking and Cycling Infrastructure (Target: 10% by 2032): 

  • Allocating 10% of the transport budget to active transport projects. 
  • Building safe school commute infrastructure, retrofitting end-of-trip facilities, and implementing bike storage in schools. 
  • Establishing separated cycle ways within communities. 

3. Safer Freight Vehicle Package (Australian Design Rules – ADRs): 

  • Providing financial incentives for owner-drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles to retrofit blind-spot safety features. 

4. Promoting Electric Bikes for Emission Reduction and Financial Relief: 

  • Developing a strategy for behavioural change. 
  • Offering subsidies to encourage the adoption of electric bikes. 

In the spirit of collaboration, our budget priorities are harmoniously aligned with like-minded organisations such as The Heart Foundation, Queensland Walks, and Diabetes Australia – Queensland. Together, we can amplify our impact and make significant strides towards shared goals. 

We invite you to engage with us to discuss the submission in detail and address any inquiries to j.valmadre@bq.org.au  

Your ongoing support is pivotal in creating a healthier, more sustainable Queensland. Let’s continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of our fellow Queenslanders. 

Thank you for your commitment to our cause.  

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Tragedy on Bicentennial Bikeway Sparks Call for Urgent Safety Upgrade on Bicentennial Bikeway in Brisbane CBD   

Bicycle Queensland and Queensland Walks call for urgent safety upgrades to the Bicentennial Bikeway at North Quay following a tragic incident in which a 72 year old pedestrian died after a collision with a cyclist on October 16.

Both organisations extend their condolences to the family of the pedestrian who died. The crash is now understood to be being investigated.

On 20 October, just days after the crash, Bicycle Queensland and Queensland Walks conducted a joint site inspection in which the crash had occurred.  The inspection revealed a poorly managed and unsafe environment.  In particular –

  • The bikeway has various forms of line and pavement markings with crossing points between people walking or riding being confusing for all users.
  • Construction fencing running along the sides of the bikeway limit users’ line of sight, and
  • 10km per hour bike speed zones appear to have been erected after the accident, a speed which most bike riders and e-scooter riders find impossibly slow to ride at.   

Bicycle Queensland Interim CEO Lisa Davies Jones said the various treatments on the bikeway were clearly confusing, “While we were carrying out our site inspections, it was clear that pedestrians were nervous crossing and that cyclists were confused by the line marking.”

“In the time we were there, we observed a near-hit between a cyclist and a pram and a grandmother approached us to say it was a dangerous location and alerted us to the sad death.”

The Bicentennial Bikeway, which opened in 1988 is critical piece of infrastructure, with an average daily use of 5,284 people – 3,461 bike riders and 1,823 walkers, and many more people accessing the ferry, making it one of the country’s busiest pathways. 40% of path users are commuters, 40% use it for recreation and the remaining 20% use it for errands, shopping and social visits.  

Together, Bicycle Queensland and Queensland Walks have written to Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Brisbane City Council and Minister Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services, calling for:

1. Adoption of ‘The Safe Systems Approach’ on all bike and pedestrian infrastructure: the approach, which is standard on road infrastructure is based on the principle that people can make mistakes without facing a serious risk of injury or death. 

2. Comprehensive Review of Construction Standards: Brisbane City Council and Transport Main Roads are urged to undertake a thorough review of construction standards for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, aligning them with the same stringent standards applied to roads. 

The organisations also call for an urgent review of safety and markings on the Bicentennial Bikeway. 

Anna Campbell, Executive Officer for Queensland Walks, adds: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s family, and we are committed to working towards a safer Bicentennial Bikeway. Walkers and riders should not have to navigate an environment where confusion and risks persist. We call upon the Brisbane City Council and the State Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads to prioritise the safety of people who walk and ride by implementing improved standards and ensuring that safety is paramount.” 

The pedestrian death on the Bicentennial Bikeway came just four days after the release of the coronial report into the 2020 death of cyclist Carolyn Lister near the Royal Brisbane Hospital.  She was hit by a truck after construction blocking her usual footpath cycling route forced her onto the roadway at the busy intersection of O’Connell Terrace and Bowen Bridge Road.   

“Twice in a week we have been confronted with circumstances in which people have lost their lives in part because construction impacts on bike and pedestrian infrastructure have not been well managed,” Lisa Davies Jones said.

“While every crash involves a complex set of decisions and circumstances, it is the case that these ad hoc treatments would not occur if active transport corridors were taken as seriously as roads.”

“With the Bicentennial Bikeway taking as many as 3,000 cars a day off the roads, it should be treated as a serious piece of transport infrastructure with construction impacts properly managed.

We now call for this change of mindset on the part of the councils and governments who manage active transport infrastructure and the construction contractors whose actions affect it.”

Walkers and riders represent 14% of Queensland road users who lost their lives  (2018 – 2020)* Queensland Road Safety Strategy, and data released in August by the Australian Automobile Association showed the number of cyclists who died on Australian roads increased by 24.3% from 2022 to 2023.

For media enquiries, please contact:  

  

Lisa Davies Jones   

CEO – Bicycle Queensland   

Mb: 0449 520 778   

Email: l.daviesjones@bq.org.au   

  

About Bicycle Queensland (BQ):  

BQ is the state’s peak industry body representing the needs of almost 800,000 Queenslanders who ride a bike for recreation or transport, every week. BQ has a 40-year history of successful advocacy as a leader in the field of bicycle advocacy with local councils, as well as state and federal government bodies. And through our educational (activation) programs encouraging more people, to ride, more often.    

  

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Rail Trail Initiative Unites Communities and Boosts Regional Economy 

Bicycle Queensland (BQ) is thrilled to unveil a noteworthy accomplishment in Queensland’s Rail Trail Network – a venture dedicated to fostering community connections, driving regional economic prosperity, and preserving our historical heritage. 

BQ has created a documentary-style promotional video to showcase this milestone.

The Rail Trail Network brings together various stakeholders, including local councils, community user groups, regional tourism associations, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The project aims to enhance communities, preserve history, general tourism and create a prosperous future for business communities. 

The Rail Trail Network demonstrates the power of collaboration between local councils, community user groups, local businesses, and regional tourism associations to rejuvenate our regional towns and foster a sense of historical pride. 

Andrew Demack, Director of Advocacy BQ worked on the production of the video, proudly supported by the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads. Andrew spent time on the trail, interviewing community members, local candidates, and local Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) to document how rail trails are enhancing our historical pride, boosting regional economies, and creating a shared recreational space for all. 

Rail trails are transforming our disused railway corridors into vibrant, multi-use recreational trails, connecting communities, and revitalising our regional towns. 

The Rail Trail has successfully united various stakeholders under a common vision. Local councils such as South Burnett, North Burnett and Gladstone have embraced this opportunity to enhance community infrastructure, promote active living, and preserve our rich railway heritage.  

Community user groups including Fraser Coast Bicycle User Group, South Burnett Mountain Bike Club, and Boyne-Burnett Inland Rail Trail Association have actively participated in the planning and development of these trails, turning up to volunteer during working bees, donating time and building resources and ensuring they meet the needs and expectations of the people who will use them.   

The release of a captivating video will significantly boost the promotion and usage of the Rail Trail. It showcases the breathtaking beauty of the trail networks and highlights the historical significance of the converted railway lines, enticing viewers to explore and make use of the Rail Trail. 

Using social media and multiple platforms, the video aims to reach a diverse audience, and to target & generate buy-in, support and investment in developing rail trails among local governments, business, industry, and communities.  “As the CEO of Bicycle Queensland, I am truly excited about the positive impact that the Rail Trail Initiative will have on regional economies. We have seen similar projects worldwide demonstrate the potential for rail trails to inject new life into regional towns and drive economic prosperity. The Central Otago rail trail in New Zealand, for instance, attracts over 15,000 visits annually and contributes more than $12 million to the regional economy. Closer to home, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail in northern NSW has surpassed initial estimates of trail users by over 300% within its first quarter of operation. These success stories showcase the immense potential that the Rail Trail Initiative holds for our own regions, and we look forward to witnessing its positive impact firsthand.” – Lisa Davies Jones, CEO of Bicycle Queensland.

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HER RIDE MTB SKILLS DAY REVIEW

The HER RIDE MTB skills day was held on Saturday December 4 at Gap Creek Reserve.

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BQ Transport Survey 2023

In April, Bicycle Queensland conducted a Transport Survey to gain a better understanding of changing transportation options. We asked BQ members and non-members about:

  • Transport options
  • Changing transport options
  • Safety
  • Long distance travel on trains with bikes.

We’ve summarised the key findings in the infographic below!

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Bicycle Queensland introduces new interim CEO, Lisa Davies Jones

The Board of Bicycle Queensland wishes to advise members that from Monday 8 May, our CEO since 2019, Rebecca Randazzo will be departing the organisation to be replaced by Interim CEO, Lisa Davies Jones.

Lisa is a passionate cyclist, a long-time volunteer Director of the organisation and an experienced CEO who has worked in both the Health and Fitness sectors. Lisa enjoys riding as both a commuter and social rider and also competes in the occasional masters road race and time trail event.

Lisa looks forward to working with the Board and the Bicycle Queensland’s dedicated team of staff to continue to grow the number of people riding. Lisa has a particular interest in supporting more women to start riding, through access to networks of other women riders across Queensland.

As she leaves BQ, the board thanks outgoing CEO Rebecca Randazzo for her commitment to the organisation over more than three years.

Rebecca has been a passionate advocate for cycling.  She has steered the organisation through the challenging times of COVID and the 2022 flooding of our office at Milton, delivered great advocacy wins such as the introduction of the Brisbane CityLink Cycleway and an expansion in Queensland Government support for rail trails, modernised the member experience and developed the successful HER Ride program.

As members know, Bicycle Queensland is a wonderful organisation. We have been around since 1979, today have 13,000 members and have delivered years of significant advocacy wins, great events and strong support for bike riders.

We look forward to continuing to support you our members in the months and years ahead and to working with you to make Queensland a better place by getting more people riding more often.

Your sincerely,

Rachel Nolan

Chair

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BRISBANE TO GOLD COAST CYCLE CHALLENGE UPDATE

Bicycle Queensland is pleased to announce it has entered into an exciting partnership with Mater Foundation to propel the iconic Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge into the future.

The flagship cycling event returns in 2023 on Sunday 27 August and will be known as the “Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle for Cancer ”. It will continue as a highly credible, respected and safe bicycle ride from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, utilising the Brisbane busway for a traffic-free rider experience.

In addition to benefitting cyclists, the new partnership will improve the health of communities across Queensland by supporting Mater’s world-class cancer research and patient care initiatives across an extensive network of hospitals.

Under the partnership, Mater Foundation will be the primary organiser of the event, backed by its considerable experience and existing resources delivering major community events and cycling activities, including International Women’s Day Fun Run and Mater Smiling for Smiddy.

Bicycle Queensland will remain an active contributor to the continued success of the event by delivering cycling safety and education initiatives, along with maintaining exclusive benefits for BQ’s 15,000+ members.

This partnership is committed to delivering on Bicycle Queensland’s vision of strengthening cycling participation to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, while also supporting Mater’s mission to improve the lives of people fighting cancer.

Bicycle Queensland members can register their interest to receive their exclusive entry benefits when Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle for Cancer officially launches in May. Visit www.b2gc.com.au

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