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Bike-share scheme

Postby Roderick Smith » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:41 am

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August 9 2017 Brisbane's CityCycle scheme gains momentum.
The future of Brisbane's seven-year-old CityCycle scheme seems a little brighter than its rocky start, with usage numbers up 70 per cent over the past two years.
What started as a pricey bike-share scheme in October 2010 has evolved into a much more economical and user-friendly system.
CityCycle has marked a record 2 million trips since its introduction in 2010. Photo: Michelle Smith In 2015, as CityCycle celebrated 1 million trips, the scheme was also revealed to have cost ratepayers more than $8 million.
On Wednesday, public and active transport chairman Adrian Schrinner said CityCycle had a record 57,526 trips in August and was about to hit 2 million trips.
Public Transport chairman Adrian Schrinner uses CityCycle at Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Photo: Ruth McCosker "It's really geared up in recent years," he said.
"Since 2010, CityCycle users have travelled around the globe 187 times, burned 150 million calories and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.44 million kilograms in their two million trips."
Cr Schrinner put the recent success down to changes in memberships to make it more affordable, technology improvements and the expanding reach of the city's bikeways.
"A lot of people that are using CityCycle are people that may not have ridden a bike for a while and may have ridden it as a child and now are getting an opportunity, if they don't own a bike, to get on a bike and explore Brisbane," he said.
"Some of the biggest hot spots with the scheme are in our greatest natural assets and tourist attractions like the Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River."
Bicycle Queensland chief executive Ben Wilson said he expected CityCycle usage to double in the next year, and then double again after that.
"Brisbane went out on a limb as the first city in Australia to do a CityCycle, now it's going to bring home the bacon," he said.
"It just makes so much sense to grab a bike and use it, so really commendation to council for being brave in Australia and providing this facility first up."
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Re: Bike-share scheme

Postby Roderick Smith » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:55 pm

August 27 2017 ‘Cities shouldn’t be for vehicles’: Brisbane cyclist protest gears up Hundreds of cyclists plan to overrun Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday in a move to prove cities should not be for vehicles and should be designed for cycling.
Space 4 Cycling BNE representative Belinda Ward said the Brisbane City Council had not done enough to protect people who ride and that cyclists deserved to feel safe.
There is debate between council and the state government about mandatory helmet laws in Brisbane Photo: Bradley Kanaris “We think there are quick fixes council could make that they’re not yet willing to do,” she said.
One change the council’s public and active transport chairman Adrian Schrinner did want to achieve for Brisbane cyclists were helmet laws.
Space 4 Cycling Big Push for Road Safety ride is expected to attract hundreds of riders. Photo: Space 4 Cycling But, ultimately, that would be a matter for the state government.
“Council is advocating for cyclists to have the choice to determine when wearing helmets is appropriate - just as they do in most other parts of the world,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Many cyclists believe that if they are cycling off-road in the Botanic Gardens or along the Kedron Brook Bikeway, a helmet is not necessary because there is no interaction with vehicles.“We foresee that many more people could take advantage of short or off-road trips if helmets were not mandatory.
“Ms Ward said the cycling group tried to not focus on the helmet debate but would like to see there be room for choice.
“But we recognise, for certain cycling activities and probably riding at speed, riding down hill all those kind of things are totally appropriate to wear a helmet.”
Five cyclists, all who were wearing helmets, were involved in a crash at Highgate Hill on Friday morning.
Cr Schrinner has been clashing with the state government over the proposed change to helmet law for months.
Acting Road Safety Minister Steven Miles said he would be happy to meet with Cr Schrinner and the council to discuss how to improve cycling in the city.
“Cr Schrinner talks about encouraging cycling but we’ve seen no new investment from in cycle lanes in Brisbane’s CBD,” Mr Miles said.
“Safe, dedicated cycling infrastructure in Brisbane’s city centre will make it easier for more people to choose to cycle.
“Research supports that wearing a bicycle helmet significantly reduces the severity of a person’s injuries in the event of a crash.”
Ms Ward said there were opportunities in the CBD for fairly substantial changes to be made quite quickly.
“It doesn’t make sense to have four lanes of traffic going through city streets,” she said.
“Cities shouldn’t be designed for vehicles, it’s not an efficient use of space.”
In June, Fairfax Media reported what it was really like to cycle in Brisbane and how to survive the streets on a bike.
The Big Push for Road Safety Ride will be from 2-4pm on Sunday.
Residents wanting to get involved in the ride should meet at Kurilpa Point Park.
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Woolloongabba bikeway

Postby Roderick Smith » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:19 pm

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Parking removed and freeway access proposed to close for $11m bikeway.
September 2, 2017.
Talking points:
•From July 16, 2016, the council invested $100 million over 4 years for bikeways.
•There are more than 200 bike racks installed around Brisbane.
•There are plans for more than 1700 kilometres of bikeways in Brisbane by 2031.
A new $11 million separated bikeway in south-east Brisbane will remove 30 inner-city car parks and potentially close an access to the South East Freeway.
After almost a year of consultation, Brisbane City Council has revealed the designs for the project, with construction due to start construction in 2018.
The council's public and active transport chairman Adrian Schrinner said, as part of the proposed upgrade, access to the freeway from Stanley Street would be closed, restricting access to vehicles that used the on-ramp during the morning peak.
“The state government has been supportive of this proposal,” he said.
Designs for the Woolloongabba bikeway have been released by the council .
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the department was working with the council to assess the impacts of changing traffic arrangements as part of the Woolloongabba bikeway project.
“Brisbane City Council’s request to close the left turn from Stanley Street to access the southbound on-ramp of the South East Freeway is currently being assessed and we expect the assessment will be completed by the end of the year,” she said.
When the upgrade was announced last year, it was revealed the 1.7-kilometre stretch of road between Annerley Road and Stanley Street had been the scene of 31 serious accidents, two of which were fatal, between 2010 and 2016.
Bike lanes, with sections separated from the main road, along with floating bus stops were proposed as part of the bikeway scheme.
As the designs were revealed to the council’s public and active transport committee this week, so too were the results of the 2016 traffic surveys that helped shape the design.
In 2016, between 660 and 720 cyclists rode along Annerley Road per day, compared to the 8500 vehicles and 1200 cyclists recorded on Stanley Street, along with 45,000 vehicles.
Cr Schrinner said the council expected cyclist numbers would grow following the project.
“Council is currently consulting with the community about the proposed designs for the project, with the intention to start construction next year and complete the project by 2020,” he said.
“Council has previously consulted with the community about impacts to parking along Annerley Road when the peak-hour lanes were first introduced.
“While there are some impacts to businesses or residents, feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive of the move to increase safety for cyclists along the corridor.”
The construction of the Woolloongabba Bikeway will remove 30 carparks.
The construction of the bikeway will remove 30 car parks as well as loading zones and taxi ranks.
Separated bike lanes are also likely to be rolled out across the city as Cr Schrinner said the council looked to implement them wherever possible.
“The $650 million upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive will deliver a world-class separated cycling riverwalk along the Brisbane River and council is delivering an off-road bikeway with the Wynnum Road upgrade,” he said.
“Delivering separated bikeway infrastructure along existing roads is not always physically possible, which is why council also looks to off-road separated options to expand the bikeway network.”
On September 8 West End residents are planning to create their own temporary pop-up bike lane along parts of Hardgrave Road to show how they can make the streets safer.
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