The email announcement from Paul:
The next regular meeting of the CBD BUG will be on Wednesday 21 March, at 12.30 pm in the Brisbane Square Community Meeting Room, on the ground floor of the new BCC administration building. An agenda will be circulated closer to the meeting, as will the minutes of the February meeting. CBD BUG representatives have been involved in a range of meetings and discussions since we last met, including in relation to the Northbank proposal, Eastern busway, Tank Street bridge and the perennial favorite, the detours and issues arising from the NSBT construction – reports and further information at our next meeting.
1. Bike week
Bike week 2007 will be held this month, from March 10-18. There are a wide range of activities for all, and further details can be found at the Bike Week website – check it out. CBD BUG is actively supporting several of the events in particular:
- Ride to Work Day – Wednesday 14 March will see (hopefully) several thousand cyclists converge on Brisbane Square in George Street. A free, healthy breakfast will be provided (including pancakes, hot buns, cereal, fruit – plus Merlo Coffee, milk and yoghurt from 7.00 am, with a range of commentary, prizes and presentations at 7.45 am. Guided rides from more than 30 different locations are available for new/inexperienced cyclists, so encourage friends and workmates to participate. CBD BUG will be staffing a stall, and a number of members will be ride leaders. Hope to see you there.
- Great Brisbane Bike Ride (GBBR) – Sunday 18 March – CBD BUG will be entering a team, and the bigger the better. Each person in the team will need to pay for themselves (which can be done either on-line or by the use of a standard entry form). People entering as part of the CDB BUG team need to complete the part of the entry form nominating for a “casual team” entry and write “CDB BUG” in the spot indicated for the team name – hurry, as entries for the teams must be lodged by 5.00pm 9 March 2007. For further information, contact Paul French (team captain) on email@example.com or by telephone on 322 76631 or 0423 974 825.
2. CDB BUG T-shirts
To assist the CBD BUG team to make a statement, but also for fashionable wear for any CBD BUG member at any time, we are arranging for the production of a CBD BUG t-shirt. The cost of the t-shirt will be $14.30 ($13 + GST), and the following sizes will be available: Males – small, medium, large and extra large; Females – sizes 6 to 20. The design will be similar to the image.
Orders can be lodged directly with Paul French on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 322 76631 or 0423 974 825. Payment is likely to be needed up front, and for those who order quickly the t-shirts will be available for collection on Friday 16 March.
Place your order with Paul today…
3. Mt Coot-tha
As previously advised, CBD BUG has been contacted by BCC to advise of its current review of the operation of Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. Options for the future operation of the road being considered include (a) a one-way vehicle operation; (b) a two-way operation with passing bays; or (c) maintaining the current operation with additional signage. The February meeting of the CBD BUG decided that there was no need to change the road or its operation, and additional signage and consideration of reduced speed limits was our strong preference.
If you use the route, or have views on the subject, you as an individual can also complete an on-line survey (preferably supporting Option 3). You should note that this consultation period ends TODAY, Friday 2 March. As was pointed out at our meeting, the Mt Cootha route is a key area for many Brisbane cyclists for hill training and pleasure. Making the road one way would not only dramatically reduce cycling amenity, but also inconvenience many of the car drivers believed to have lodged complaints about having to share the road with cyclists.
4. Toowong bus depot/Western Freeway bikeway
Following recent concerns about the suitability of the connection between the Bicentennial Bikeway and the Western Freeway Bikeway, including the current section through the car-park outside the Toowong Bus Depot, CBD BUG has decided to develop a proposal for the improvement in the connectivity and completeness of this major access point from the western suburbs. Ian Lister has volunteered to co-ordinate this project, and is looking for input, comments and views from cyclists who live in or pass through this route. After a comprehensive proposal is developed for CBD BUG consideration, it is envisaged that other cycling groups will be asked to support approaches to Brisbane City Council and other stakeholders to have the suggested up-grades incorporated into future plans and works schedules. If interested in assisting or having input into this project, please contact Ian on email@example.com.
5. Workers compensation – journey claims
Those of you who are employed in the Australian Public Service, Telstra or a range of other public and private workplaces where workers’ compensation provisions are determined by the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 should note that amending legislation currently before the Senate (and expected to pass shortly) will, amongst other things, remove all coverage for claims rarising from travel to and from work. Pedestrians and cyclists thus injured will be particularly affected (unless lucky enough to be hit by a car, and able to claim under the CTP insurance held by the car-driver). A submission was lodged by the Bicycle Federation of Australia on the amendment . It is not known exactly when this and the other changes will be passed, proclaimed and come into effect, but the best action to take to ensure a continued trouble- free cycle commute to and from work is to join Bicycle Queensland (if not already a member) – membership includes insurance cover whilst cycling.
Hope to see many of you during bike week.
Co-convenor, CBD BUG
Update: Restored about half of the post that was eaten by evil net goblins, and added the rough-draft image of the proposed cbdbug logo. Also, made the links pretty. – Sebastian