Notice of September meeting + minutes, announcements, and updates

Hi all,

Paul sent an email to the list; information for the meeting this Wednesday.

The next regular meeting of the CBD BUG will be held this coming Wednesday, 19 September 2007 at 12.30 pm in the Brisbane Square Community Meeting Room, on the ground floor of the BCC administration building. The proposed agenda is available on the CBD BUG website.

1. CBD BUG meeting minutes

The minutes of the most recent meeting (held on Friday 24 August 2007) are available for download for your information and action.

2. Website updates

Don’t forget that you can keep informed of CBD BUG correspondence and the activities of the various CBD BUG representatives by regularly checking the website.

Some of the material recently added to the website includes our minutes; the latest minutes of the August meeting of the State Cycle Committee; BCC advice regarding disruptions to the City Reach bikepath; and a link to the Cycling Promotion Fund’s Vote4cycling website.

Regular visitors to the site will have noticed that Sebastian has added a Blog news section, listing the five most recent CBD BUG blog entries and easily enabling you to keep abreast of latest news. Bookmark the site now if you haven’t already.

We regularly receive extremely positive feedback regarding the website. If you have any suggestions for additional material, deletions of material or any other improvements to the site, please email Sebastian Tauchmann.

3. Membership election survey

You will have recently received an email containing an excel spreadsheet and asking for your feedback to be added regarding needs and priorities to encourage cycling and/or make life easier for your cycling activities – the results will be used by CBD BUG to survey candidates at the forthcoming Council and Federal elections.

So far we have received almost 20 responses – leaving about 280 of you yet to complete the surveys and return. Please do so as soon as possible (return to cbdbug@yahoo.com.au). The greater the number of responses, the more comprehensive will be our canvassing of politicians and aspiring politicians – and the more lead-time we have to seek (detailed) candidate responses the better.

If you have any queries, or are interested in assisting in this activity, please contact Paul French on 0423 974825 or sfpf@optusnet.com.au.

4. Bicycle Federation of Australia (BFA) affiliation

One of the items listed for discussion at the September meeting is a proposal that CBD BUG affiliate with the Australian peak cycling organisation, the Bicycle Federation of Australia.

A document prepared by John Nightingale, listing the arguments in favour of affiliation is available for download.

Please take a few moments to read the document, and consider the matter prior to the meeting. You can also visit the BFA’s website.

5. Healthy and Active Transport Program (HEAT) policy proposal

Whilst on matters BFA (and elections): a copy of the Healthy and Active Transport Program (HEAT) policy proposal, developed by the BFA, Cycling Promotion Fund and a number of other cycling organisations is also available for download (731KB pdf).

Local governments have seen increased demand for cycling facilities and many are struggling financially to keep up with this and other immediate demands competing for their resources. The proposed program would enable councils to implement bike plans sooner, and allow local councils to develop a physical environment more conducive to walking and cycling.

The Australian cycling sector’s HEAT infrastructure program to fund cycling and walking facilities is one part of a comprehensive approach that also includes the behaviour change programs, Ride2School and Ride to Work. Addressing both key areas (infrastructure and behaviour change) ensures the greatest likelihood for realising the social, economic and environmental benefits that increased participation in cycling and walking can provide.

The HEAT proposal has been submitted to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and the Leader of the Opposition, and forwarded it to relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers.

You may wish to write to your local Federal candidates, seeking their support for the proposal and advising that their policies and actions in relation to cycling and cycling-related issues will influence your vote.

6. Normanby Cycle Link official opening

We’re all invited to attend the much anticipated Normanby Pedestrian and Cycle Link opening celebrations from 9am to 11am at Roma Street Parkland on Sunday, 30 September 2007.

There will be a free breakfast, entertainment and giveaways, and cyclists will be able to travel along the link to celebrations in Roma Street Parkland.

Mark it in your diary – contact 1800 550 277 or npcl@transport.qld.gov.au for more information .

7. Bicycle Maintenance – Introductory Course

The TAFE at Bracken Ridge is planning to run a bicycle maintenance course next term. The details are as follows:

ACE BNIT INTRO TO BICYCLE MAINTENANCE Term 4 2007

Don’t get caught on the side of the road anymore! Learn the skills and gain the confidence to maintain your own bicycle. Learn techniques to carry out roadside repairs yourself. Bring along your own bicycle and be prepared for a fun, hands on experience. Course No 20627 – Sat 27 Oct, 4 weeks 9 am -12 noon – Bracken Ridge Campus, Norris Road, Bracken Ridge. $121

Information on how to enrol

Should you be interested, please notify them, as we’ve been advised they will be unable to run the course if they don’t receive enough interest.

Hope to see as many of you as possible at Wednesday’s BUG meeting.

Regards,

Paul Murdoch

Co-convenor, CBD BUG

That’s it, see you Wednesday,

Sebastian

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