Ministerial Safer Cycling roundtable

On Tuesday 12 December 2011 a Safer Cycling Roundtable was hosted by the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Minister for Transport and Multicultural Affairs and the Queensland Bicycle Council.

This event saw the presentation of research on motorists and cyclists sharing the road and ideas for how to improve safety for cyclists. Participants had the opportunity to highlight the key safety matters facing cyclists and provide insights into Queensland Government strategies to improve road safety.

Aaron Ball attended the roundtable as the Brisbane CBD BUG’s representative, along with other BUG reps from Cairns, Townsville, Capricorn Coast and Toowoomba.

Other organisations represented included: Bicycle Queensland, Cycling Promotion Fund, Amy Gillett Foundation, TMR Road Safety, Qld Health, CARRS-Q and the RACQ.

The agenda indicated one of the outcomes of the day would be identifying five key solutions for cyclists’ safety, with the potential solutions emerging being:

  1. lower urban speeds
  2. provision of a mix of infrastructure
  3. always providing a safe space for cyclists
  4. greater education of road users
  5. raising road users’ awareness of each other on the road

Update (20 Dec): for more details, see Aaron’s full report:

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