Thursday 24th September 2015 Brisbane North BUG Meeting
Minutes of Brisbane North Bicycle User Group
Thursday 24 September 2015
Dixon Street Wooloowin – the BCC will not install traffic calming along Dixon Street as it is classified as a Suburban Route. BCC will review the design of the green strip by Wooloowin Station.
Gateway Cycle Path – invitation from TMR to BN BUG to review design of the Gateway Cycle Path. Andrew presented a TMR newsletter showing the route of the Cycle Path.
2. Cycle Law
Emily and Jemma from Cycle Law (a Division of McInnes-Wilson) gave a presentation on their work. The Division has existed for 2 years and has worked closely with BQ. They have provided advice to injured cyclists and on near misses. Advice is given to cyclists Pro Bono. Their role is advocacy for cyclists and giving a better understanding of the law applying to cyclists. Saddle bag cards were handed round.
3. Space for Cycling Brisbane
Chris gave a report on the meetings of Space for Cycling of 10 and 23 September. The need for funding the campaign was discussed. A sausage sizzle at the Nundah criterion track was suggested.
4. Ride with Minister for Main Roads
Mark Bailey the Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety has offered to ride in the North Brisbane Area to review cycle infrastructure. A route for this ride taking between 1 and 2 hours was discussed. Possible route would be starting from parliament along George Street, Roma Street Parklands, Grammar Path, Green Bridge, Ekka Ride, Toxic Path, bridge/Dickson Streets, Kent Street, KBB Bikepath, Nudgee Road and back along Kingsford Smith. Manning to prepare map.
5. Asia Pacific Cycle Congress
Mitch gave a summary of presentations at APCC 2015.
The Group Ride which some of you attended. It was great to take over the streets of Brisbane for an hour with hundreds of other people on bikes. Other highlights were: Timothy Papandreou, Director Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency. (He is an Aussie by the way). Under Tim’s leadership, San Francisco has achieved their target of reducing private car usage to 50% of transport mode share 3 years early. This is a city which has many challenges in common with Brisbane. Just shows it can be done!
I met Brian Riordan, Manager of Metro at Strava. He will be able to give us some Strava data to help our advocacy.
Pete Zanzottera was a great speaker. He had some great quotable quotes such as:
Cycling is funded by transport departments but cycling’s main outcomes are in health and
Cyclists are a threatened species in cities because of habitat destruction.
The Chairman of Flight Centre,Gary Smith, did a funny talk with lots of beautiful pictures on cycle touring ( comfortable cycle touring for rich people) and a bloke at the conference Jeremy Scott. “The long road from a broken heart” brought his bike in and did a great talk on his trip around the world. I had a chance to chat to him a bit as he came on all the rides too.
There were talks from lots of different people and organisations including heart foundation: UK group surveyed causes of people not riding to highlight needs. RACQ have a similar survey. Heart Foundation support cycling for health benefits.
6. North Brisbane Bikeway
Stephen reported that TMR has indicated that work is progressing on stages 2 and 3, after a very positive response to the community consultation. Chris offered to set up a photo album of key points along the NBB to highlight the good parts and the areas in need of attention. There was discussion about the need to have this on a BN BUG web page.
7. General Business
The petition by residents on Dickson Street for traffic calming has been rejected.
8. Next meeting – Thursday 22 October 2015.