Weekly Digests

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5 July 2020

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.

28 June 2020

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.

21 June 2020

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.

14 June 2020

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.

7 June 2020

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.

31 May 2020

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.

24 May 2020

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.

17 May 2020

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.

10 May 2020

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.

3 May 2020

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.

26 April 2020

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.

19 April 2020

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.

12 April 2020

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.

5 April 2020

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.

29 March 2020

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!

22 March 2020

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!

15 March 2020

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.

8 March 2020

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.

1 March 2020

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!

23 Feb 2020

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.

16 Feb 2020

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.

9 Feb 2020

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.

2 Feb 2020

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.

26 Jan 2020

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.

19 Jan 2020

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.

12 Jan 2020

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.

5 Jan 2020

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.

29 December 2019

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.

22 December 2019

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.

15 December 2019

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.

8 December 2019

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.

1 December 2019

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.

24 November 2019

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.

17 November 2019

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.

10 November 2019

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!

3 November 2019

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.

27 October 2019

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.

20 October 2019

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.

13 October 2019

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?

6 October 2019

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.

29 September 2019

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.

22 September 2019

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.

15 September 2019

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.

8 September 2019

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.

1 September 2019

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.

25 August 2019

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.

18 August 2019

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.

11 August 2019

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.

4 August 2019

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.

28 July 2019

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.

21 July 2019

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.

14 July 2019

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.

7 July 2019

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.

30 June 2019

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.

23 June 2019

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.

16 June 2019

Budget week was distinctly underwhelming. The State Government continues with modest investment, while Brisbane City Council achieves astonishingly little with the budget they allocate.

9 June 2019

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.

2 June 2019

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.

26 May 2019

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.

19 May 2019

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.

12 May 2019

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.

25 March 2018

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.

18 March 2018

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.

11 March 2018

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!

4 March 2018

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.

25 February 2018

It was the week for lessons from New Zealand, controversy about bridges, and reflections on wet weather riding.

18 February 2018

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.

4 February 2018

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.