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Victoria Park is now open to the public, and work has finally begun on the Logan Rd underpass at Stones Corner! We check out path upgrades in Tarragindi, Ashgrove, and Tingalpa; bridges and creek crossings in Chermside West, Geebung, and Bridgeman Downs; and bollards and build-outs in Morningside and Norman Park.
Electric cars are still cars; e-bikes are the zero emissions vehicles of the future! Also this week, we check progress on the Chermside to Aspley path, the North Brisbane Bikeway, the Sandgate Road tunnel at Nundah, the V1 Veloway, Old Cleveland Road, the Wakerley Bikeway, separated paths at Clontarf, and unfortunate destruction of bushland at Cannon Hill.
This week marks a sad anniversary, but still no action. We consider the implications of a surprise addition to the Kangaroo Point Bridge. Locked down in Morningside, Belinda reviews Lytton Rd, Wynnum Rd, Junction Rd, and a roundabout people keep driving over. We also visit Coorparoo, Carina, Wooloowin, and Rocklea, and celebrate being able to take bikes on trains, even during peak times.
This week: find out why we like a rubbish solution in Wooloowin, what we were doing playing with scissors in Rocklea, and why we’re asking that a path in Cannon Hill not comply with best practice design. We reveal what we know about the Brisbane City Council budget—including the Viola Place connection at Brisbane Airport. Our suburb of the week is Wakerley.
This week, the Brisbane City Council Budget brings some good news, but not for those who have to brave the deteriorating Lytton Rd at Morningside. We discuss the Nathan, Salisbury, and Moorooka Neighbourhood Plan, and check progress on the Granard Road Bikeway, Ipswich Motorway Cycleway, and Gladstone Rd intersection at Dutton Park. Belinda goes bush in Cannon Hill; flex posts topple on Wynnum Rd; and the Kurilpa Bridge speed limit defies common sense.
With good infrastructure, cycling is for everyone. But signs are not infrastructure! This week we visited Bulimba, Morningside, Nathan, Woolloongabba, Wavell Heights, and Oxley, and spotted a koala on the way home through Toohey Forrest. It’s time to get on with lighting paths in Macgregor and Moorooka.
Big news: public eBikes are coming, and the Indooroopilly Riverwalk is open! The Cultural Centre Riverwalk is back in service, but who knows about the GoBetween Bridge. We discuss elevators, underpasses, bridges, drainage, and bollards – lots of flexible bollards. This week’s feature suburbs: Morningside, Norman Park, Carina, and of course Indooroopilly.
A huge week, with our sixth bicycle film festival and a win for bikes on trains. But a tragedy in Woolloongabba reminds us how much is left to do. Green bridges are back in the news, with attention finally turning to Bulimba. Around the suburbs we report the latest news from Mount Gravatt East, Morningside, Stones Corner, Kangaroo Point, Carseldine, Brisbane Airport, St Lucia and Indooroopilly.
This week: alignments announced for the next two green bridges, and the Goodwill Bridge is finally back to full width. We talk congestion and the climate crisis, and how bikes are part of the solution. Good news on the Indooroopilly Riverwalk and active transport provision on the new Everton Park Link Road. Don’t forget your tickets to the Brisbane Bicycle Film Night!
A new venue for the Brisbane Bicycle Film Night! Progress on the Indooroopilly Riverwalk and exciting news about a connection along Witton Rd to the Centenary Cycleway. Good news from Rocklea and Stones Corner, but we’re frustrated about bikeway maintenance and the GoBetween Bridge debacle. Let’s get better access to district sports parks: Kuraby, Nudgee, and Coorparoo.
In a week bookended by Labor Day and Mother’s Day, Council returned after a long autumn recess with updates on the CityLink Cycleway, hints of a new connection to Rochedale at Prebble St, and more eScooters in Brisbane. The Veloway overpass at O’Keefe St seems like 2 steps forward, and one back. Around the suburbs we visit Toowong, Annerley, Dutton Park, UQ, Aspley, Brisbane Airport, Wakerley, and Hawthorne.
This week: the Veloway overpass at O’Keefe St is announced, while the cycleway underpass at Oxley Creek opens. We provide input to the Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan; attend a protest in South Brisbane; look at what makes a people-friendly suburban centre; and discuss the width of shared paths. Around the suburbs to Cannon Hill, Morningside, Wakerley, Mt Crosby, and Carseldine, and a trip-up on the CBD bike lane barrier.
Last chance to get your entry in for the Brisbane Bike Bites short film competition! We celebrated progress in the Centenary suburbs, but it’s a different story in the east on Old Cleveland Road. Plenty of support at the Smart Urban Futures National Conference for 30kph local streets, but in Woolloongabba we’re struggling to even keep a footpath clear. The UK recommends a massive increase in walking and cycling to help tackle the climate crisis, and more research finds that would also be good for business.
The Sumners Road underpass on the Centenary Cycleway is open! People of all ages and abilities are discovering the CityLink Cycleway – including on wheeled devices that didn’t exist back in 2015 when we started campaigning. Updates on the Go Between Bridge, Goodwill Bridge, and Gladstone Rd intersection at Dutton Park.
CityLink Cycleway is in the news; it’s great to see people discovering it! Go-slow on the Go Between Bridge and Cultural Centre Riverwalk; updates on Cross River Rail construction at Boggo Road; and our submission to a review of the local laws regulating advertising devices. Don’t let this be an epitaph for Brisbane: “Our city could’ve chosen life, but they chose cars.”
This week: the Victoria Bridge separated cycleway is open! But we’re still waiting at Sumners Rd and the Go Between Bridge. We have updates from Brisbane Airport, the Indooroopilly Riverwalk, and Ipswich Motorway Cycleway. We discuss cycling and the climate crisis, and imagine a fairer Fairfield Road.
Brisbane dried out in time for some fun bike events: Ride With Brisbane and Style Over Speed. Victoria Bridge and William St bikeways look oh so close, but still not open. Likewise the Ipswich Motorway underpass at Oxley Creek. We discuss the Roma Street Proposed Development Scheme, continue the conversation about 30kph streets, and ask: Is driving the new smoking?
Be careful in the wet weather; some people find driving in these conditions confusing, but the kids can still Ride2School. This week: good progress on CityLink, V1 Veloway, and Logan Rd, but not so much on the GoBetween Bridge. We talk about e-mobility and whatever happened to a couple of “shovel-ready” projects. Around the suburbs: Eatons Hill, Wakerley, Lota, and Arana Hills.
This week: how the North Brisbane Bikeway will connect through Eagle Junction, plus an update on the section between Chermside and Aspley. Improved plans for the Boggo Road precinct at Dutton Park; but a poor report card for TMR planners at Kenmore. CityCycle decommissioning is leaving riders stranded. Connections to the Ipswich Motorway Cycleway are coming – slowly.
This week: more details about the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge; the need for better connections to the eastern suburbs; frustration at Boggo Rd; and a frightening near miss on the Gabba Bikeway. Better news from Stones Corner, Cannon Hill, and Sumners Rd, but mixed messages on the north side at Hoyland St. Get your cameras rolling for the Brisbane Bike Bites Short Film Competition.
This week was all about bridges: analysing options for future green bridges; promoting the benefits; connections at Kangaroo Point; and an update on the Go Between Bridge resurfacing. We also discuss garden beds on footpaths, a roundabout at Morningside, a missing connection at Rochedale, and the draft off-road cycling strategy.
The CityLink Cycleway on Edward St is open, and we’re celebrating!! Progress is also looking good on Victoria Bridge and the Indooroopilly Riverwalk, plus connecting the Ipswich Mwy Cycleway at Granard Rd. No love in St Lucia though, with bike lanes gone from Sir Fred Schonell Drive and a rally against a green bridge to Guyatt Park. A new intersection design for Rochedale doesn’t really cater for the school traffic we should be encouraging.
As we celebrate a milestone and major progress in the CBD, we’re reminded Brisbane still has a long way to go in the suburbs. The Active Transport Advisory Group is a great initiative to get things rolling. This week, we find Brenda Bones still waiting at Viola Place, and pedestrians and cyclists waiting far too long for their turn all over the city! Congestion is in the news, but the bikeways are flowing. Around the suburbs: Cannon Hill, Morningside, Hawthorne, Norman Park, East Brisbane, St Lucia, Graceville, and Brisbane Airport.
This week, the CityLink Cycleway is in the news and work on Edward St is going well. We look at some of the possibilities and frustration on the east side – including Bulimba Barracks. It’s disappointing to see that bike lanes have disappeared from Sir Fred Schonell Drive at UQ. Better news on the Centenary Cycleway as the tunnel breaks through at Sumners Rd.
Another momentous week: the CityLink Cycleway along Elizabeth St is open!! We’re enjoying riding across Victoria Bridge now it is free of cars, and loving the North Brisbane Bikeway which we helped to officially open this week. We report on improvements to the intersection of Creek St and Ann St in the CBD, and to Sandgate Rd through the tunnel at Nundah. As the kids head back to school we ask: do they have the best opportunity to succeed?
A momentous week: North Brisbane Bikeway stage 4 is complete, Victoria Bridge closes to cars, and the first green paint appears on Edward St! There was good news about Granard Road at Rocklea, Sandgate Rd at Nundah, and the Eastern Transitway at Carina. Sadly, Lytton Rd though Morningside is a very different story.
This week as we remembered the Brisbane flood of 2011, we learned that the new flood-proof Indooroopilly Riverwalk is set to open early! Progress on the CityLink Cycleway is a little slower though; perhaps Council could take lessons on popups from Cross River Rail. Maintenance work is about to disrupt active travel on the Go Between and Story Bridges. Don’t forget our petition about Old Cleveland Rd!
Help us petition for cycling infrastructure in all major projects – with no exceptions! This week: the Grammar Path diversion pops up; cyclists are ordered to dismount on Albert St and soon also on the Go Between Bridge. We’re still in the dark about the Bulimba Creek Bikeway lighting promise. Plus, our lockdown listening recommendations.
For the New Year, we check out 10 things we’re looking forward to in 2021, and one we’re definitely not. At this time for resolutions, we reflect on a few simple steps taken by other cities that could help make Brisbane’s streets much safer and friendlier. Together, we can do this!
Christmas greetings! This week Council released plans for the cycleway on Victoria Bridge and William St to connect to the CityLink Cycleway on Elizabeth St. We take a look at the wider, smoother SE Freeway Path at Annerley, and the North Brisbane Bikeway which is oh so close to being ready to ride. The upgraded path on Main St, Kangaroo Point is a bit of a disappointment though, especially when compared to what other cities have achieved this year.
This week: Consultation on the green bridges to West End has been extended, and we attempt to address some of the misconceptions about landing heights. Meanwhile, public engagement on the North West Transport Corridor enters stage 2, but some are left asking: is poor engagement worse than none at all? A petition asks Council to make Lytton Rd safe for all road users, and we look at the changing face of bike advocacy.
This week: More on green bridges – including our preferred option from Toowong to West End. Updates on the North Brisbane Bikeway, SE Freeway Bikeway, Indooroopilly Riverwalk, and Manly Rd at Tingalpa. We call for action on the real dangers on our roads, and discuss how changes to Cross River Rail construction at Dutton Park will impact Annerley Rd. There might be good news ahead for Moggill Rd, at last.
It’s hot, but not too hot to ride! What else is hot: CityLink Cycleway, Victoria Park Vision, and Victoria Bridge going green at last! We look at the proposed West End to St Lucia green bridge, and directional signage around the river has us going loopy. There’s progress on the Centenary Cycleway at Sumners Rd, more disruptions coming for the Grammar Path, and we’re getting excited about the North Brisbane Bikeway – but where’s stage 5??
In Brisbane this week: e-Mobility is in, CityCycle is out. Green bridges connecting Toowong, West End and St Lucia are in; the Norman Park Ferry is out. Apparently no-one rides on Sir Fred Schonell Drive. Proof pop-up cycleways are possible in our city, but the CBD still hasn’t popped! Around the suburbs to Ransome/Wakerley, Annerley, Darra, Nundah, and Tennyson/Graceville. Break free from car addition, and have fun with custom bikes instead.
A traffic island mysteriously appears, then disappears in Chelmer. The CityLink Cycleway construction contract is signed, and the Veloway overpass at O’Keefe St is coming! Good progress at Indooroopilly and Wooloowin, but a horror show in Belmont. A black spot in St Lucia; a wrong turn at Bowen Hills; and we visit Kangaroo Point, New Farm Park, Morningside, and Rochedale; and check out the new KittyCat ferries.
This week, Kath makes the media pointing out that the choice of safety versus convenience is not one drivers have to make each day like she does riding her bike. But there’s good news for the CBD CityLink Cycleways and the connection to Viola Place. Disruption ahead in Toowong; Mark Bailey is reappointed Minister for Transport and Main Roads; and we acknowledge the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
We’re all suffering post-election fatigue this week; the best cure is a bike ride! We celebrate progress on the Brisbane Bikeway, and confirmation that the next stage will head to Eagle Junction! We discuss cycling through Newstead, a new bike parking cage at Virginia Station, and efforts to quantify how cycle-friendly Brisbane is. Melbourne has just returned a bike-friendly Mayor, proving bike lanes are a politically smart policy in Australia.
This week: Queenslanders re-elect a Labor government, and we look forward to more progress on bikeways. There’s good news for Kangaroo Point, and the Kedron Brook and Jim Soorley Bikeways. Wayfinding for the River Loop is coming soon, and a new report recommends Sunday Streets. We revisit Boggo Road, look at plans for the Indooroopilly Roundabout, and reflect on the failure of Wynnum Road.
This week on the state election campaign we rode with candidates for Moggill and Miller. We call on residents in the Clayfield and Nudgee electorates to ask their candidates to support the North Brisbane Bikeway following a bizarre attack by the tabloid press. We discuss active travel to school, an unfortunate incident on a shared path, plus updates on Victoria Bridge, Viola Place, and New Farm Park.
This week we go Green in Ferny Grove and Mansfield, and discuss what makes a bike most useful. The Weyers Rd link at Nudgee is open; have your say on upgrades to the Bicentennial Bikeway; but be warned of upcoming disruptions at Toowong. Sign up to a vision for car free parks at New Farm and Boggo Road, and better active transport access to the station at Morningside.
This week saw us back in Greenslopes on the state election campaign. We learned of plans for safety improvements near the RBWH, but a disaster in the making on Old Cleveland Rd. We discuss the congestion busting con, and projects at Mt Gravatt East, Kangaroo Point, Rochedale, and the Centenary Bridge duplication. We talk health benefits, and women cycling, plus the latest construction progress on the North Brisbane Bikeway.
Candidate rides and conversations in Miller, Greenslopes, McConnel and Sandgate. CBD Bike Lanes are Go! Plus, improvements to the Bicentennial Bikeway, the Sumners Road bike underpass looks awesome, and stage 4 of the North Brisbane Bikeway kicks off. We shine a spotlight on Rochedale, make a submission on Cross River Rail truck routes, and report from the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.
Our rides with political candidates made news this week, and we were joined by Labor’s Jonty Bush for Cooper. Work on Bicentennial Bikeway at North Quay has put the squeeze on that popular path. A new counter on Lytton Rd helps explain frustration from the eastern suburbs as they contemplate buying their own bridge, and a junior urban planner in Wooloowin leaves an important message.
This week we rode with candidates for Aspley, Clayfield, Cooper and Sandgate. We provided feedback on the planned CBD to Kangaroo Point green bridge, and found a reason to envy Melbourne (Hint: protected bikelanes!). In other news: magpies, congestion, and combatting climate change.
Candidates for Maiwar, Greenslopes and Aspley. A lucky escape on the Gabba Bikeway. Construction kicks off on Stage 4 of the North Brisbane Bikeway, but riders in the east are left feeling short-changed on Wynnum Rd. We visit Carseldine and the planned Beams Rd overpass, and check out the Breakfast Creek green bridge plans.
This week: truck safety; candidates for Maiwar and McConnel; and details of connections to the green bridges at Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek. We look at path closures in East Brisbane, South Brisbane, Bowen Hills, and on the Walter Taylor Bridge. Better news regarding the South East Freeway Path upgrade at Annerley and Norman Creek Bikeway.
A bumper week in cycling advocacy for Road Safety Week. A big win at Dutton Park, and we met political candidates for Aspley, Maiwar, and Jordan. More on green bridges, New Farm Park, and the latest bikeway works and closures. We celebrated the Ipswich Motorway Cycleway opening, and pushed back against the squeeze on Waterfront Place.
This week: Greens candidate Amy MacMahon joined us for a ride around South Brisbane; we learned more about the planned CBD cycleways, green bridges, and Council’s Bikeway Enhancements Program. Updates from St Lucia, East Brisbane, Wakerley, Rocklea and Oxley. We invite you to sign up for a car free New Farm Park, and #ParkitForThePlanet.
This week we rode with Labor’s candidate for the electorate of Chatsworth, and the LNP candidate for Mt Ommaney. On state government transport spending we asked: who ate all the pie? Police closed the Story Bridge for people walking and cycling, which seemed at odds with a court ruling on the “right” of movement. We discuss the City Reach Waterfront Master Plan, and ask why traffic engineers are apparently repeating a subject at UQ.
Council resumed this week, but no bikeways popped up. We finally learned the official breakdown of the $100million Better Bikeways for Brisbane program last term – including a few surprises. The state election campaign took us to Nudgee, while questions were asked in federal parliament. We found some new lights, but mixed results on bikeway repairs. Bad news for kids wanting some dirt jumps, and for anyone afraid of swooping magpies.
On the state election campaign this week we caught up with candidates for Mt Ommaney and Bulimba, and talked bridges, tunnels, ferries, and connections to public transport. We joined a community cycle for protected bike lanes and launched petitions to upgrade cycling facilities when roads are resurfaced in Morningside and Rochedale. Around the suburbs, we have updates from Norman Park, Indooroopilly, Rocklea, and Brisbane Airport.
Still no sign of those pop-up cycleways. We kicked off our state election campaign this week with a ride around the Bulimba electorate with LNP candidate Anthony Bishop. In this digest we discuss the Victoria Park Vision, a tragedy in Yeronga, and bring you the latest news from Nudgee, Banyo, West End, Morningside, Murarrie, Lytton, Wynnum and Brisbane Airport. All cycleways lead to better health!
This week: we dispute claims the Queens Wharf area is “disused riverside land”, and provide feedback on plans for a bikeway across Victoria Bridge. Bikeways keep popping up, but not in Brisbane. Around the suburbs, we visit Indooroopilly, Toombul, Cannon Hill, Murarrie, Dutton Park, Oxley, and Coorparoo.
This week we rode to remember Carolyn Lister; a life well lived and a friend well loved. The first meeting of the Active Transport Advisory Committee was positive, but no miracles happened. No cycleways have popped up in Brisbane yet. Around the suburbs we visited Salisbury, Rocklea, Oxley, and Coorparoo.
This week was incredibly sad, as Carolyn Lister was killed in a collision with a truck while riding her bike to work. We need safe infrastructure so this cannot happen again. It’s why we’re determined to keep going, to make Brisbane better. This week: Nudgee, Dutton Park, Carina, Carindale and Murarrie are in our sights.
Veloway Stage E is open, and it’s magnificent! Most riders are keen for an overpass at O’Keefe St next, but there’s strong support for other improvements too. This week the Gateway Bridge Bikeway turned 10, so we celebrated – but also asked: where are the connections?? We uncover more details of Council’s budget, and contemplate how bikes and heavy vehicles can travel safely together.
Pop-up bikeways are coming to the Brisbane CBD! Plus there’s further good news that the Grammar Path will stay open. We check out the details in Council’s budget, and what’s next for the North Brisbane Bikeway.
This week, updates to the Brisbane Metro Project pose more questions than they answer about cycling access on the Victoria Bridge. There’s good news about the Kangaroo Point green bridge, but it still needs better connections. Cross River Rail threatens to close the Grammar Path for 6 months with no safe detour, and we wonder what should be the priority for valuable road space: moving people or storing cars? In the southern suburbs, the Salisbury Bikeway is getting an upgrade, and the Veloway Stage E is oh so close.
Observing Council this week didn’t bring much joy for people keen to see improvements to the riverwalk at Kangaroo Point, including an extension to Mowbray Park. Around the suburbs we checked out the temporary bridge on the Jim Soorley Bikeway, and visited Dutton Park, Holland Park West, and Corinda. Wednesday was #WorldBicycleDay and even Channel 7 and the Courier Mail ran positive stories about cycling.
Still no urgency to create #SpaceForHealth in Brisbane, although there have been some more positive messages. We talk eScooters and Micro Mobility, plus bikes on ferries. Another intersection “upgrade” sidelines active transport. Around the suburbs we head to Bracken Ridge, Kangaroo Point, and Tarragindi.
Council hinted we might be closer to protected bikeways in the CBD. Maybe. But as Melbourne and Sydney get serious about cycling through the coronavirus recovery, Brisbane urgently needs a plan, so we’ve proposed high-value, low-friction links to tackle inner city congestion. We discuss cycle commuting (in any weather) to work and school, and how seniors benefit too.
This week: a win for advocacy as the Jim Soorley Bikeway stays open. Council says no to urgent #SpaceForHealth but Brisbane people are still keen to ride. The Courier Mail gets nasty, but there’s better coverage in other media. We update on green bridges, the Veloway, and news from the suburbs.
Council is back in session, but we’re disappointed and increasingly alarmed at Brisbane’s non-response to COVID-19 as business and schools start to come back. We have some good news stories though. Around the suburbs we visit Bellbowrie, Tarragindi, Norman Park, Coorparoo, Wakerley and Dutton Park, and update on the Jim Soorley Bikeway, North Brisbane Bikeway, and V1 Veloway.
Bikeways around Brisbane are still busy, and the national campaign for #SpaceForHealth is gathering momentum. Around the world it almost feels as though the tyranny of cars might be coming to an end, but will Brisbane be left behind stuck in traffic? In local news we revisit Dutton Park and the Jim Soorley Bikeway, and report some long-awaited good news from Norman Park.
This week we helped launch a national campaign for #SpaceForHealth and #HealthyStreets during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Brisbane City Council returned; we reported on local news from Dutton Park and East Brisbane, and the plans for a new ferry terminal at Howard Smith Wharves.
This week: everyone’s a cyclist, and it’s awesome! Local advocacy is key to keeping it that way, and we’re hard at work to ensure that any stimulus spending on infrastructure goes towards projects that will set Brisbane up well for the future. We have updates on a couple of major and minor bikeway projects and on the growing crop of automatic usage counters.
We check out progress on the Veloway Stage E, and the latest section of new bikeway at Wishart. We look at what other cities are doing—and Brisbane isn’t—to facilitate safe movement and exercise during the coronavirus crisis, and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead. Also, links to some fun and educational videos to watch.
This week we celebrated a new bikeway at Brisbane Airport, and the official opening of North Brisbane Bikeway stages 2 and 3. People were out and about on paths all over the city, just as the counter on the Bicentennial Bikeway arose from a long summer sleep. We got a preview of the Indooroopilly Riverwalk, and provided an advocacy update on the Albion Exchange development.
On a strange election day, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has been returned to office with many of his colleagues, but there are still a few wards where the results won’t be known for some time. Meanwhile, as we all lock down and stay close to home, it’s a good time to reflect on how we’d like our city to be going forward: let’s prioritise people ahead of cars to help cope with the current public health crisis, and keep that up for a healthier, happier future!
It has been a difficult week for everyone, and a lot has changed rapidly. This week we caught up with council candidates for Walter Taylor, The Gap, Coorparoo and Hamilton. Our Tuesday Slow Rolls are on hold for the moment; we hope to ride with you again soon in happier times. Keep positive, keep healthy, and don’t forget to vote bike!
A fun and inspiring evening at the Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival and cargo bike expo topped off a busy week. Wet weather didn’t stop us campaigning; we got council candidates on bikes all across the city: Enoggera, Morningside, Moorooka, Paddington, Jamboree, Central, and Deagon Wards. Plus, we received support for 30kph neighbourhood streets from the Lord Mayoral candidate from the Animal Justice Party.
This week we caught up with candidates for Chandler, Central, and Jamboree. In The Gabba Ward we spent time at the Davies Park Markets promoting the cargo bike expo and film festival (don’t forget your tickets!), attended a candidates forum, and reviewed the Woolloongabba Bikeway in the second part of our look at the outcomes from the Better Bikeways for Brisbane program.
This week the North Brisbane Bikeway opened through to Wooloowin, and we’re loving it! We rode with council candidates for Pullenvale, Coorparoo, Deagon, and McDowall, and were on hand for a really positive announcement from Labor’s Lord Mayoral contender. Excitement is building for the Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival on March 14 – don’t forget your tickets!
With Council now officially in care-taker mode ahead of the March 28 election, we had a busy week on the campaign trail. We caught up with all three registered candidates for Lord Mayor, plus councillors and candidates for the wards of Tennyson, Walter Taylor, Paddington, Pullenvale, Moorooka, Morningside, McDowall and Doboy.
Tuesday saw the last meeting of Brisbane City Council for the current 4-year term, but the messages from the current administration weren’t particularly inspiring. Wet weather caused potholes and cracks on roads and paths around the city, but some of the problems go deeper than a week of rainy weather. We attended information sessions on the North Brisbane Bikeway Stage 4, and discussed some of those things people say you can’t do by bike which you really can.
Many of Brisbane’s bikepaths have been under water this week, but it hasn’t slowed us down. This week we met with candidates for Enoggera and Moorooka; attended Council meetings to hear about Victoria Park and some petition outcomes; and proposed an improved connection between the V1 Veloway and Gabba Bikeway.
It was another busy week ensuring space for cycling is a hot topic for the March council elections. We caught up with candidates for Brisbane Central, Bracken Ridge, Paddington and The Gabba, representing Labor, LNP and the Greens. South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad MP made a surprising announcement about the Veloway while we campaigned for safety improvements further south, and Brisbane City Council dug in at Howard Smith Wharves.
This week we met with council candidates for Walter Taylor, Holland Park, and Macgregor – representing The Greens, Labor, the LNP, and an Independent. We spoke with TMR about the future of the Veloway at Worrell St, and tested Queensland Rail’s new app for booking and accessing secure bike parking cages.
This week: development at Albion Station has been approved with less than ideal cycling facilities. Progress on the North Brisbane Bikeway sees Fraser St become a cul-de-sac; there are temporary detours on the Veloway at Gaza Rd; and we discuss the Griffith Uni intercampus link between Nathan and Mt Gravatt. Our political candidate of the week is Labor’s Trent McTiernan who joined Belinda for a ride around the Macgregor Ward.
This week we highlight the problems on Annerley Rd which haven’t been solved through the painting of on-road bike lanes. We also expose some of the flaws of a supposed transit-oriented development in Buranda, and an active-transport waste-land between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale.
Our first weekly digest for 2020, and we’re already hard at work on our New Year’s resolution: ride more, drive less, and help create the conditions that will enable others to join us. Learn from and adapt the best of what other cities have implemented, and make Brisbane better for everyone. A council election is coming up and our first meeting for 2020 was a bike ride with the candidate for Runcorn Ward.
This week we look back at our wishlist from Xmas 2018, how far we’ve come, and how much further we still have to go. We also explore bikeways around Brisbane – the good, the bad, and the disconnected. Speaking of disconnected, we’re still campaigning for 30kph neighbourhood streets – which some people still find controversial.
This week Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor, announced his support for a grid of protected bikelanes in the CBD. His team are making it a key part of their election strategy to promote a cycle-friendly city! With Labor and the Greens on board, the 2020 election could become a contest about who has the best plan for a cycling city.
Brisbane’s famous monster-bollard took a fall and welcome rain caused flash flooding in some areas which posed challenges for cycling commuters. The recently completed bikeway along Riverside Drive in West End gets the thumbs up.
News this week: plans for shared space along the waterfront past Eagle St Pier, and progress on the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and North Brisbane Bikeway. Conversations from the suburbs about how shade and combining cycling with public transport can help ensure people can still get out and about despite the heat.
Reports of a “cycleway explosion in Brisbane” are greatly exagerated, but the good ones are certainly being well used, and we continue to watch progress on the North Brisbane Bikeway and SE Veloway with great anticipation. The news is not so positive in most other parts of Brisbane though; this week we discuss how Brisbane is failing at truly inclusive transport, although that’s not through lack of technical expertise.
We heard from experts at the International Cycling Safety Conference, and enjoyed showing them the highlights and challenges of cycling in Brisbane. Howard Smith Wharves have been asked to rectify their unauthorised construction, and we’ve questioned Council’s priorities on local bikeways.
Consultation has begun on Council’s plan for 5 new green bridges, and on the Queensland Government”s plan to upgrade the Lindum Station precinct. Disappointingly, on-street parking won out over public safety on Dornoch Tce, in a move we hope doesn’t set the agenda for future projects. Meanwhile, cargo-bike culture is starting to develop in Brisbane’s suburbs.
Cycling is transport! This week we helped return Ben and Sharon’s pedal-powered family wagon. We met with politicians and candidates all around Brisbane in our ongoing campaign to shift the conversation about what type of investment of resources and public space will best serve our city’s future. Also this week, tickets went on sale for the best Brisbane bike-themed event of 2020!
We celebrated the reopening of the Bicentennial Bikeway, and caught up with the Greens candidate for Central Ward. This week we also revisited Viola Place, Dornoch Tce, Howard Smith Wharves, and Victoria Bridge.
Brenda Bones made news this week when she was spotted waiting patiently for the bikeway connection from Viola Place at Brisbane Airport. Donald from CBD BUG addressed Council about the need to do better on Melbourne St, and we caught up with a number of Brisbane City Council hopefuls – including Labor’s Lord Mayoral candidate, Patrick Condren.
In this episode we bring you preview pictures of the Bicentennial Bikeway “Goodwill Extension” which will reopen this week; report on the latest from Council; and give updates from the suburbs – including Highgate Hill, Eight Mile Plains, Kenmore, Karawatha, and Tarragindi.
As the Bicentennial Bikeway counter ticked over one million riders for the year, we lament the lack of similar separated infrastructure through Howard Smith Wharves. We share good news about a new bikeway opening in Drewvale, and a pump track nearing completion in MacGregor. This week Extinction Rebellion were excoriated for causing “disruption”, but we asked: what about the cars?
There was good news from the Gabba Bikeway at Merton Rd, and a glimpse of the latest southern extension of the V1 Veloway. Council has proposed significant changes to Dornoch Tce in an attempt to fix that notorious blackspot.
We looked into the results from the 2019 Australian Cycling Participation Survey, and joined Extinction Rebellion on a cycle for the climate. BCC and the Australian Government announced more spending on roads, as we continued to highlight the problem with expecting road widening or advances in car technology to provide some sort of miracle cure for congestion.
This week, the pathway at Howard Smith Wharves become even more absurd; we mourned a tragedy at Moorooka; and we made the case for the bicycle as a way to address one of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis.
This week a new segment of the North Brisbane Bikeway came online; we checked out progress on the Ipswich Motorway Cycleway and discussed the implications of a planned Northern Transitway along Gympie Rd. The Greens announced a very bike-friendly candidate for Lord Mayor, and we got involved in consultation about changes to the Moggill Rd roundabout at Indooroopilly.
We counted bikes, and visited councillors in the north, west, and south-east this week. There was some exciting news about a new green bridge, but some rather disappointing plans for a key intersection at Indooroopilly.
The Big Push drew a great crowd to finish off Road Safety Week, and the kids showed how streets should feel at the Kurilpa Derby. In a small but important step, speed limits will drop on a few key routes, and we have the hint of a better outcome on Melbourne St, South Brisbane. Plus, we’ve kicked off a campaign for a decent bikeway connection to the eastern suburbs.
We’re starting to get very excited about The Big Push for Road Safety ride. In the meantime we were busy this week on the radio, and following matters in Council. We’ve been disappointed with the responses on a number of crucial issues, but are determined to keep fighting for a brighter future for our city.
As the magpies start swooping, Council rejects pleas to complete the Riverwalk at Kangaroo Point, and leaves active transport out of their committee discussions and a major intersection “upgrade” at Camp Hill. The path through Howard Smith Wharves is finally firm and stable—even if a bit ugly—and we take a peek over the fence at the Bicentennial Bikeway connection to the Goodwill Bridge, which is looking very schmick.
The path through Howard Smith Wharves is finally being resurfaced; we take a look at a couple of the teething problems with the new Gabba and Kangaroo Point Bikeways; and check out the speed-zone bingo through Roma Street Parklands. We discuss bridges bridges and tunnels and why Brisbane is getting what we don’t need, but not what we do.
The full cost of the Indooroopilly Bikeway was revealed this week, causing a few melt-downs, but celebrations from people who will use it every day. The Gabba Bikeway finally officially opened; and we got excited about progress on the North Brisbane Bikeway, lights on the Centenary Bikeway, and a new bridge at Northgate. Belinda took Doboy Ward Councillor, Lisa Atwood, for a bike ride, and met the opposition candidate, Jo Culshaw.
The Centenary Bikeway is about to get an awesome upgrade as part of the Sumners Road Intersection project which started this week. In other news, the path behind the grammar schools is finally lit and back in action; and Belinda caught up with a couple of councillors and our Lord Mayor.
The week got off to a good start, with a new bikeway opening on Lytton Rd, East Brisbane, and a missing piece completed on the Gabba Bikeway. We attended the Safer Roads, Safer Queensland road safety summit, and reported some good news regarding cycling facilities to be included in a number of road projects.
This week we celebrated a number of small wins, with paths reopened, new lights switched on, action again at Woolloongabba, and exciting progress on the North Brisbane Bikeway.
If the Devil is in the details, he was busy this week. We discuss a new hazard in East Brisbane, a poorly designed path ‘upgrade’ in Spring Hill, and the details of the Wellington Diversion from Wooloowin to Lutwyche.
We were underwhelmed by Council’s plans for the Wellington Diversion, but it was good to see concrete poured on the North Brisbane Bikeway proper. Woolloongabba seems to have stalled again, but we’ve taken baby steps with bike racks at train stations.
The City Botanic Gardens is a mess this week, and so is Wynnum Rd. In better news, progress on the Bicentennial Bikeway looks good, as does the North Brisbane Bikeway.
Budget week was distinctly underwhelming. The State Government continues with modest investment, while Brisbane City Council achieves astonishingly little with the budget they allocate.
Bicycle Queensland CEO announced her resignation, leaving big shoes to fill. Work started on the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk, CityCycles started turning blue, we received good news about Kedron Brook Rd and started counting down to the budget.
Brisbane City Council released their Vision for Adelaide St. We were busy consulting about connections from the Bicentennial Bikeway, through Nundah Village, and at Brisbane Airport – where there was good news and bad news.
The latest plans for Cross River Rail include a cycling overpass at Boggo Road – woohoo!! Progress on the Kangaroo Point Bikeway plods along, as does the Woolloongabba Bikeway.
Autonomous Vehicles were a topic at the Australian Bicycle Summit we attended this week, and then Belinda encountered one on a bikeway in Adelaide! We reported on work at the Brisbane Airport, Grammar Pathway, and East Brisbane.
This week saw the start of construction on stages 2 and 3 of the North Brisbane Bikeway at last! We also saw progress on the Woollongabba Bikeway, an update on the Jim Soorley Bikeway erosion issue, and tracked down the candidates for the federal electorates of Brisbane and Ryan to hear what they had to say about active transport.
We were excited to see final plans for the Woolloongabba Bikeway, and to hear that the next stages of the North Brisbane Bikeway are finally set to kick off.
Our third Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival was a big success, with inspiring local films, special guests, and a fun ride in Style along the Kangaroo Point Bikeway. Oh, and we found out some more information about Council’s plans for that bikeway too.
It was a week to dampen the bodies and spirits of bicycle activists in Brisbane, but we’re looking forward to the sunshine after the rain!
This week was all about road safety: slower speeds, cycling blackspot analysis, and presumed liability legislation. We received bad news about a number of petitions, balanced by a couple of small wins. We helped clean up waterways; both in the short term and for the future.
It was the week for lessons from New Zealand, controversy about bridges, and reflections on wet weather riding.
Council returned from summer recess with an update on the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk, and we found out more about the Transport Plan for Brisbane. The Goodwill Bridge was in the news again for all the wrong reasons, but cyclists had a win when the detailed plans for the latest Ipswich Motorway project were revealed.
Sliding bollards and the new Flowstate art installation appear at Southbank. Cr Schrinner tweets about mandatory helmet laws and CityCycle, but can we just get on with protected bikelanes to ride in? West End community forum discusses bike lanes and parking.