BCC has informed the CBD BUG that the Riverside bikeway between Forbes & Victoria streets West End will be closed this Sunday the 20th of October. The closure will occur between 6am and 4pm for the Great Brisbane Duck Race.
BCC has advised signs advertising the closure and detour will be erected tomorrow (Friday)
The CBD BUG has been advised by Council :
“Spiral Ramp – Victoria Bridge to Cultural Centre Boardwalk
The Spiral Ramp from the western end of the Victoria Bridge Shared Pathway (upstream side) to the Cultural Centre Boardwalk along the river will be closed from Monday 07 October 2013 for complete replacement of the surface. The work is scheduled to take three weeks, subject to the condition of the supporting structure and weather during the closure period.
Cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to a detour through the Cultural Centre precinct via steps and a ramp to the boardwalk. Signs will be placed along the detour at the top and bottom of the area. Traffic Controllers will be in locations to assist during the day.
Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to exercise caution when using the detour.”
The CBD BUG congratulates Brisbane Times’ journalist Daniel Nancarrow for his decision to join the increasing numbers of proud bike owners in riding to work. It is disappointing it took failures by citycycle to prompt it!
The BCC is currently undertaking a corridor study for bicycle access between Toowong and Indooroopilly and are asking for the public’s feedback. For more information please see link below. Please help BCC get it right
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A new run of the CBD BUG jersey is taking place, and we are taking orders!
The jerseys are available in a variety of sizes in both men’s and women’s versions. They cost $100, and come in a choice of two colours: orange or blue.
- The two colours: blue and orange. (Click for full resolution PDFs)
The jerseys are Body Torque‘s BT644SS (men’s) and BT634SS (women’s), and feature reflective piping and a full zip on the middle pocket. These two “bonus” features will provide additional safety and convenience for riders as they are out and about riding around town.
If you would like a jersey please email your order (including gender, size and colour) to John Lister at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 28 Novermber. The jerseys will take 4 – 6 weeks to be made.
John has a full range of sample sizes ‘in stock’ so contact him if you would like to try one on, or to check out the technical aspects of the jerseys.
Thanks to John for organising this.
SkillsTech Australia in association with Rotary Redcliffe is conducting a Bicycle restore, repair, make roadworthy day at the Bracken Ridge campus Bicycle workshop. The aim of the workshop is to restore back to road worthiness, the donated bicycles stored at SkillsTech Australia, to be then distributed overseas to communities in need of bicycles through the Redcliffe Rotary overseas aid program.
Volunteer workshop days will be held on the first Saturday of each Month from 9am – 3pm. There is a limit of 10 volunteers at any workshop. Instruction will be provided on the day for mechanical procedures. You will require suitable work shop clothing in the form of long pants and totally closed leather (or similar) shoes.
So if you are an individual who would like to take up this opportunity or a club or group who can see benefit in this community work, while picking up some mechanical tips along the way, then register your interest by sending an email to Brett Richardson. Groups or individuals will be coordinated to participate in each workshop.
As the current stock of bicycles is refurbished, more bicycles will be needed to continue the program. So if you have any or know of any unwanted bicycles, then please bring them along to the Bracken Ridge campus.
BCC advises Queensland Rail is undertaking urgent maintenance on the North Coast Rail Line bridge over Kedron Brook at Toombul.
Approximate location of the works.
QR will be working in the Kedron Brook channel and occupying Council land at Bage Street and beside the pathway for up to three months.
The bikeway will remain open and traffic controllers will be used to ensure bikeway safety. Short delays can be expected to allow the movement of equipment to the work site.
For further information, please call Queensland Rail on 13 16 17.
The Mount Coot-tha Residents’ Group has written to us warning of dangerous turns by Transcity construction shuttle buses across the shared path on Mount Coot-tha Road, at the Legacy Way construction site.
The path is well used by recreational cyclists accessing Mount Coot-tha to train or exercise, as well as by local residents accessing the freeway overpass to reach Toowong, the CBD and other locations. Drivers of the shuttle buses need to give way to (and find a gap in) both oncoming traffic on the road and pedestrians and cyclists on the shared path, and find it difficult to do so. In part this is because they need to check both directions for path users, and in part because of poor visibility onto the path from the road (particularly for southbound path users). This has resulted in at least one ‘near hit’ so far, and we are keen to avoid more.
This issue is likely to become significantly more severe with Transcity’s proposed large increase to its workforce and to the quantity of parking on Mount Coot-tha.
The road safety audit commissioned by Transcity proposes requiring cyclists and pedestrians to give way to buses using the driveway (contrary to sections 74(1)(c) and 75(1)(b) of the road rules), and physical barriers to prevent cyclists from crossing the driveway without slowing for the buses. Needless to say, this would be a totally inappropriate response to the risk, and to Transcity’s credit they have not implemented it.
Please be alert for shuttle buses or other construction traffic crossing the path to enter or leave the site. If you observe any unsafe driving (including failing to give way to pedestrians or cyclists on the path) please report it to us at email@example.com and to Transcity on 1800 778 772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cr Shayne Sutton (Morningside Ward) has written to the CBD BUG requesting a message be passed on from residents of Wynnum Road to cyclists for them to exercise caution when riding on the Wynnum Road path between Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne and the Canning Bridge in Norman Park.
The Queensland Road Rules put the onus firmly on a motorist entering or departing land adjacent to a road or road-related area (e.g. footpath or shared path) to give way to path users. However, in the interest of safety the CBD BUG encourages everybody using this path to exercise good judgement.
All CBD BUG members are invited to nominate for a CBD BUG Co-convenor casual vacancy.
This vacancy has arisen as Ian Lister, one of the CBD BUG’s Co-convenors, has accepted a new work posting and will be moving to the United States within the next few weeks.
Interested members are asked to forward their nomination to the CBD BUG via email to email@example.com. It is intended this position will be filled from the nominations received, based on the endorsement of the members assembled at the forthcoming General Meeting on 25 July 2012.
Our sincere thanks go to Ian for all his efforts as a CBD BUG Co-convenor. During the last several years he has strongly advocated for improved conditions for Brisbane cyclists, been one of our most active contributors to our letter and submission writing, and worked tirelessly to maintain the CBD BUG’s highly professional digital presence via our website, blog, and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
We wish him and his betrothed, Lisa, the very best for this next, exciting stage of their lives together.