The recent heavy rains and high tides have been playing havoc with Brisbane’s bikeways, with creeks and the Brisbane River flooding, key bikeways such as the Bicentennial Bikeway and Kedron Brook Bikeway being repeatedly inundated, and water washing debris all over them. It’s been enough to test the commitment of many cyclists, and we admire all those who have soldiered on through it all. Admittedly at times like these other modes of transport also have serious problems, but there’s never anything appealing about putting a pair of wet socks back on at the end of the day to cycle home.
Needless to say, it’s important that all road and path users are particularly careful in the current conditions. Be alert for debris and water, don’t try to get through flooded areas, allow for extra stopping distance, be careful when cornering, make sure you’re clearly visible to others, and look out for pedestrians who might be using bike paths because of flooding on footpaths. As always, common sense and courtesy will go a long way.
Brisbane City Council has been very proactive about cleaning debris from bike paths promptly after flooding, for which we highly commend it. The priority given has been comparable to that given to clearing roads, which is a significant step in the right direction, and shows BCC is taking bicycle transport seriously. If you are aware of debris or any other issues needing attention please report them promptly to BCC on 3403 8888, and let us know of any ongoing issues.
We are also working to get timely reports of known path closures and detours from BCC so that we can help get the word out to those potentially affected. In the meantime, you can help us by letting us know about the condition of routes in your area.
Finally, do you have any tips for cycling in the current conditions? Suggestions for staying dry without having to give up your cycling, safety tips, what to do with wet clothes at work, good alternate routes, or anything that others might find useful or interesting? If so, leave a comment and share it with your fellow cyclists.