Q. I don’t cycle to, from or within in the Brisbane CBD. Can I still join?
A. Of course! We are also involved in local issues elsewhere in the greater Brisbane area (especially where they relate to routes in or out of the city), and deal with wider issues such as road rules. If you cycle in or around Brisbane, or are at all interested in cycling in the area, we’d love to have you as a member.
Q. Do you organise group rides?
A. No. We are mostly involved in advocacy, advice and support for cyclists, and do not run social or sporting rides. If you’re looking for a group that does, there are a number of other BUGs that might be able to help you. We do offer a bike buddy scheme for new cyclists who want some help getting started.
Q. Why should I join?
A. Membership offers a range of benefits. This includes both direct benefits to you (such as information and advice), and the indirect but significant benefit of giving us a louder voice in advocating on your behalf. If you have an interest in cycling in Brisbane then you should join.
Q. Do I need to pay anything?
A. No, membership is completely free.
Q. How do you fund yourselves?
A. We don’t, for the most part. We don’t have any large expenses such as salaries or rent, and most of our expenses (e.g. stationery and postage) are paid for out of the convenors’ and involved members’ own pockets. Some slightly larger expenses such as RTI application fees are funded from minor income streams such as contributions from Super Tuesday.
Q. Are you affiliated with or supported by any other organisations?
A. No, we are an independent volunteer organisation. We have working relationships with other organisations (including Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Government and Bicycle Queensland), but we are completely independent.
Q. I’m already a member of Bicycle Queensland. Is it useful to join CBD BUG too?
A. Yes. Both organisations work to promote cycling, but have some substantial differences in focus and approach. For example, BQ is a state-wide organisation while CBD BUG gets more involved in local issues. There’s still much that both organisations are involved in, and we work in co-operation with BQ where possible. By joining both groups you can support them both, make use of both of their services, and keep more informed about issues that affect you. Having both groups actively involved in advocacy means cyclists have a stronger voice overall.
Q. How do you operate?
A. We are run completely by our members, and organised by three co-convenors, elected annually. We meet monthly, and interested members communicate between meetings via email. Decisions are made by members at meetings, and all members are welcome to attend and participate.
Q. Can I get involved?
A. Absolutely! As a volunteer organisation we are completely dependent on the time and effort that our members can offer. The co-convenors are responsible for organising what the BUG does, but the more volunteers there are the more the BUG can do. We always welcome members stepping forward to help with tasks such as taking minutes at meetings, maintaining the web site, participating in general policy discussions, or pursuing a particular issue. Let us know if you’re interested in helping out.
Q. What should I do if my question isn’t answered here?
A. Ask us! We’re always happy to hear from members, cyclists and others.