Cycle of Giving

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Join the journey! This year the Cycle of Giving is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, thousands of cyclists have pedalled to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation, medical research and to celebrate life for those people who have received a second chance. The Cycle of Giving is a unique journey with a spectacular backdrop – from the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains to the Redcliffe Peninsula, across the Hornibrook Bridge and then inland to where it all began a decade ago – Brisbane’s The Prince Charles Hospital. With three different distances to choose from, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider. Choose to ride 100km from Landsborough, 65km from Caboolture or 25km from Redcliffe with a team or as an individual. By inspiring your friends, workmates and family to sponsor you you’ll be turning your ride into a journey that will last a lifetime for those whose lives will be saved. Join the journey by registering today at www.cycleofgiving.org.au. Early bird registration closes on Tuesday 13 January 2015.


ATTENTION MEMBERS

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CHANGES TO C2C OPENING HOURS FOR G20 WEEK

GOOD NEWS!!!

The Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has personally requested that Cycle2City be open from Monday 10th – Thursday 13th November next week leading up to the G20 event. This means that all Cycle2City members will be able to ride into the centre as per usual. We apologise for any confusion this may cause however it is beyond our control.

Thank you for your co-operation & see you all next week!


Bravehearts Time Trial 2014

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On Sunday 30th November 2014, The Bravehearts Time Trial will take place in Samford Valley where competitors will race 43km’s through the Valley’s picturesque scenery. The Bravehearts Time Trial will include many of the features of a professional time trial, from the ramp start to the motorcycle cameras and timing gates and will cater for both teams and individual riders. This event raises money for Bravehearts which strives to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. Competitors will have to raise a minimum of $1,000 each with the proceeds helping to fund education, counselling and case management services for Australian children and their families affected by sexual assault. There are some great prizes on offer for the highest fundraisers as well as the fastest times!

This is a race for the growing number of serious cyclists who are taking up the sport and want to test themselves against some of the best riders in Australia. The local community and general public are invited to attend and cheer on the riders, and there will be rides and food stalls set up for the kids. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to compete against the best while raising money for Australian kids – visit http://bravehearts.org.au/pages/events-calendar.php?_b=201411&event=130 for more. 
Source: http://bravehearts.org.au/pages/events-calendar.php?_b=201411&event=130 

 


Tour de Tamborine

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The Tour de Tamborine Mountain Sports Festival is back this November, celebrating its 12th year and welcoming participants from all areas. There are a range of different sports, courses and distances on offer throughout the weekend, including:

  • 8.5km Mini Mountain Trail Run
  • 15km Mountain Trail Run
  • 1km Junior Bolt
  • 5km Fun Run/Walk
  • 10km Run/Walk
  • Half Marathon
  • 4km Cycle
  • 14km Cycle
  • 25km Cycle
  • 50km Cycle
  • 100km Cycle 

Whether it’s cycling, running, hitting the trails or taking part in an organised walk, this is a great opportunity to get involved with over 2,000 other participants in a community event that helps to raise money for local beneficiaries. 

In addition to the sporting activities, there are several celebrational and educational activities throughout the mountain community including cycling skills clinics, running sports seminars and movies on the mountain. Tour de Tamborine 2014 is expected to be the biggest ever, so sign up today at http://tourdetamborine.com.au/entry-fees/ 

Source: http://tourdetamborine.com.au/


Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

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Queensland’s biggest and best bike ride is on again this Sunday 19th October! Starting at Brisbane’s South Bank, the course follows a combination of service and suburban roads all the way to the Broadwater Parklands at Southport on the Gold Coast. Celebrating its 10th year, this Bicycle Queensland 100km ride aims to get more people cycling more often and will be actively fighting heart disease – Australia’s number 1 killer – by raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation. 

Online entries have now closed but late entries can still be made in person so get in quick! Head to http://b2gc.bq.org.au/enter/ for more info. Good luck!  

(Source: http://b2gc.bq.org.au/)


Ride2Work Day

 

 

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This Wednesday 15th October is the National Ride2Work Day, a Bicycle Network program that is designed to motivate and support people to ride to work. This day is celebrated by thousands of bike riders at community and workplace breakfasts located all around Queensland and Australia. In Brisbane, Bicycle Queensland will host a community breakfast at the QEII Courts of Law, in the forecourt of 415 George Street. Thanks to the great support from Australian Bananas, Bakers Delight, Brisbane City Council and The Coffee Club, there will be a free breakfast for Ride2Workers from 7:00am until 8:30am. By registering for Ride2Work Day you will take a step towards improving your health through increased physical activity, as well as join a community of over 40,000 riders who are revolutionising commuting in Australia. Register for Ride2Work Day today at https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rtw/ 

Source:  http://www.bq.org.au/ride/ride-to-work/national-ride-to-work-program/ride2work-day-wednesday-15-october/ 


The Road to an Active Lifestyle

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We all know that it can be hard to find the motivation to get up and get active, especially when emerging from a dark and cool winter. It’s difficult to keep yourself going, and we’re all great with coming up with reasons not to be active.  But then we remember the many benefits that being regularly active brings, from the obvious health ones to having more energy and feeling more positive, and we want to get going! So where to from here?

1. Start small – Throwing yourself in the deep end often results in a loss of interest, so start by doing something small and light. Keep the momentum going and gradually add a little bit more time or intensity to the activity.

2. Do bite-size sessions – Break a large session up into a few smaller sessions.

3. Variety is key – Don’t let yourself get bored. Whatever activity you are doing, make sure you vary the locations, distances and terrains where possible to maintain interest.

4. Be flexible – People who adjust their exercise routine to accommodate for their lifestyle are more likely to keep exercising than those who don’t. Avoid an all-or-nothing mentality – making it work for you will help you achieve your goals faster.

5. Get active together – There is no better motivator than exercising with friends, family or a group. Having support and encouragement to get out there when you least feel like it can make all the difference. Find someone who shares your goals, then encourage each other and enjoy your activities together.

6. Be kind to yourself – It is important that you take care of your joints and muscles as best you can to prevent injury. Be sure to stretch and warm up sufficiently, take rest days regularly to give yourself a chance to heal and treat yourself to frequent massages to soothe away any aches and pains. This will all help you to keep in top shape and enjoy your exercise for longer.

7. Reward yourself – When you reach a milestone in your new plan, treat yourself to something that is important to you.

8. Set an achievable goal – Your motivation will be much easier to maintain if you set a goal for yourself that is both achievable and rewarding. Make sure it really matters to you and working towards it will become so much easier.

Follow these 8 simple steps and begin your journey towards a healthy and active lifestyle.

Source: http://beachseries.co.nz/top-tips-for-getting-active-after-the-winter-hibernation/


Hello Spring!

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It’s that beautiful time of year again when the skies are blue, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming – the perfect time of year to start fresh and be active! And what better way to do this than by jumping on your bike and enjoying the great outdoors. This season there are many different riding events on offer for people of all ages and all experiences. Some of these events include the Tour de Office, the Redlands Classic Ride, the Ride4MD, the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge and the Rainbow Ride Cycle Challenge. Each of these events support a different cause and each route offers diverse scenery for you to enjoy along the way. For more details on these events visit http://www.brisbanecyclist.com/events. Go ahead and challenge yourself this Spring – new season, new beginnings!


The Ride to Conquer Cancer 2014

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It’s that time of year again! This Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August over a thousand riders will take on The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200km challenging ride through Queensland’s scenic countryside. This 2-day cycling adventure begins as all of the riders gather at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus for an inspiring Opening Ceremony where those lost to cancer are remembered and those continuing the fight are honoured. 

After an energising sendoff, riders will ride out of Brisbane with a renewed sense of purpose. Day One culminates with arrival at camp where riders will stay overnight before taking on the next and last 100km back through the inspiring landscape on Day Two. As the riders start to make their way across the finish line a high energy celebration begins, praising each and every rider for completing the epic ride and for the amazing impact that they have made in the quest to conquer cancer.

All of the money raised for The 2014 Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the QIMR Berghofer, one of Australia’s largest and most successful medical research institutes. If you would like to donate to this great cause or find out more information about The Ride head to the website at http://br14.conquercancer.org.au/site/PageServer?pagename=br14_homepage 

Good luck to all of the riders who are taking on the challenge this weekend, remember why you are doing it and be proud of the difference you are making to the lives of many. To those whose lives have been affected by cancer, those who have friends and family participating in the ride, or those who simply appreciate its cause – come along and support the riders on their epic journey! The large amount of support that the riders receive is what keeps them going so come and join in on the cheers of encouragement and celebrate the amazing achievement of each rider with them at the finish line 🙂


10 Fun Facts About Bikes

 

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  1. In 1817, Karl Von Drais (a German baron) invented a horse-less carriage that would help him get around faster. The two-wheeled, pedal-less device was propelled by pushing the feet against the ground. This device became known as the “draisine”, which led to the creation of the modern-day bicycle.
  2. The term “bicycle” was not introduced until the 1860’s. It was coined in France to describe a new kind of two-wheeler with a mechanical drive. 
  3. Orville and Wilbur Wright (the brothers who built the first flying airplane) operated a small bike repair shop in Dayton, Ohio. They used their workshop to build the 1903 Wright Flyer. 
  4. In 1935, at the age of just 25, Fred A. Birchmore circled the globe by bicycle. The entire trip through Europe, Asia and the United States covered 40,000 miles. He pedaled about 25,000 miles and wore out 7 sets of tires. 
  5. There are over a half billion bicycles in China. Bikes were first brought to China in the late 1800’s. 
  6. About 100 million bicycles are manufactured worldwide each year. 
  7. Over the past 30 years, bicycle delivery services have developed into an important industry (especially in cities) where the couriers have earned a reputation for their high speed and traffic-weaving skills. 
  8. Americans use their bicycles for less than 1% of all urban trips. Europeans ride a lot more often – in Italy, 5% of all trips are on a bicycle and in the Netherlands, 30% of all trips are on a bicycle. 7 out of 8 Dutch people over the age of 15 own a bike!
  9. The Tour de France is one of the most famous bicycle races in the world. Established in 1903, it is considered to be the biggest test of endurance out of all sports. 
  10. Bicycle Motor Cross (BMX) (an extreme style of bicycle track racing) became a sport in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Latvia’s Maris Strombergs received the gold medal for Men’s BMX, and France’s Anne-Caroline Chausson took home the gold in the first Women’s BMX Olympic event. 

Source: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/morestories/ten-things-about-bikes/

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Pushies Galore 2014

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This year is the 4th annual ‘Pushies Galore’, a celebration of bikes in all of their forms which encompasses a range of bike activities including a bike swap, show ‘n’ shine, trade stalls and more. This event is being held at the Holland Park Bowls Club on Sunday 13th July from 10am until 4pm. The bike swap is your chance to offload or load up, the show ‘n’ shine gives you the opportunity to show off your pride and joy, and the trade stalls will include businesses such as Bicycle Queensland, Craftworx and Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer. On the day there will also be activities for the kids, food and drinks, music, a photography exhibition and a Pushies Galore lounge. Event entry is free for kids and $5 for adults. For more information and a program of the day’s events, visit the website at www.pushiesgalore.com/events/pushies-galore-2014/

Source: http://www.pushiesgalore.com/events/pushies-galore-2014/


Cycling Myths Exposed

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Nothing gets motorists quite as fired up as someone on a bike, however cyclists aren’t as bad as many may think. Despite the fact that cycling is good for your health and means one less car on the road, cyclists cop a lot of criticism. But why? Because apparently cyclists break the road rules, speed, weave in and out of traffic and show irresponsible behaviour on the roads. And it’s true, not every cyclist is an angel, but we need to do something about the blame game that takes place on our roads everyday. Arguments with motorists, while in a bike lane, are a common occurrence, and many experience verbal abuse, threats and general harassment. There are articles that blast cyclists as Lycra-wearing, careless road users, and Facebook pages aimed at picking up everything that is wrong with cycling. Most cyclists just want to use the road and get to work safely without the threat of conflict, therefore it is necessary that we get a few urban cycling myths straight. 

1. Cyclists should stay off the roads: 

Every state in Australia has laws dictating that cyclists can use the roads. If people really want this changed, they will have to find a way to change the law – otherwise they will have to deal with it. 

2. Cyclists always use the footpath:

It is not illegal for cyclists to use the footpath if they are under 12 years of age or riding with a child. Cyclists are also allowed to use footpaths if they are designated shared paths. These paths are often marked and sign posted. 

3. Cyclists shouldn’t ride side-by-side:

It is a myth that cyclists are not allowed to do this. Under New South Wales law, riders can travel a maximum of two abreast in a lane as long as they are not more than 1.5m apart. In Queensland, the law now states that cars must drive at least 1m from cyclists and 1.5m in areas above 60km/hr. Check with your local transport authority if you are not sure.

4. Cycling benefits are overrated:

The health benefits of cycling are well known, but did you know that cycling benefits the economy as well? According to a Department of Infrastructure report released in 2013, every time that someone rides their bike for 20 minutes, the economy benefits by more than $21.00.

5. Cyclists cause accidents:

Cyclists do indeed cause accidents, that is no dispute. But then again, so does every other road user. Cyclists are not always at fault when it comes to accidents involving cars, although many people think they are. In fact, studies show that cars are more commonly in the wrong. According to the Centre for Automotive Research, in 79 per cent of cases the driver of the vehicle was deemed to be at fault. 

6. Cyclists are a menace on the road:

Nobody is a perfect driver. While some cyclists may take risky moves in traffic, other roads users are just as guilty of doing the same thing. 

7. Cycling isn’t dangerous:

An alarming number of bike riders are being killed on the roads at a faster rate than in past years. Australia is one of the only countries in the world that had an increase in cycling deaths between 2000 and 2011. This isn’t because cyclists are taking unnecessary risks, but more so due to an increase of cyclists using the roads. It is important to remember that cyclists are often motorists too, normal people with friends and family. Be sure to think about this next time you are passing one of them.

8. Cyclists should pay registration:

This has long been desired by those who want to make cyclists more accountable. However, bike registration is an option not even Australia’s peak motoring body agrees with. The NRMA’s Peter Koury said it would be difficult to enforce and there would be potential safety risks. For example, the idea of displaying a number plate like you would on a motor vehicle caused concern about injuries or distractions. “If we really want to see accidents involving cyclists drop, we need more education, better use of cycle lanes and better separation of cars and bikes,” he said. “We want to encourage people to use their bikes and registration won’t do that.”

9. Cyclists cause congestion:

Unless cyclists are taking up an entire lane for the whole duration of their journey, it is unlikely that they are causing more congestion. Overtaking a cyclist is no different to overtaking a parked car, but if it really bothers you, the best solution would be to avoid main roads with cycle lanes.

10. Bike lanes are unnecessary:

Bike lanes make cycling safer but according to the NRMA, they need to be in the right places. Mr Koury said the organisation was happy to promote the separation of bike and car users but that lanes should be built in appropriate places and not on busy roads. On the upside, the cost of a typical off-road path is about $1.5 million per kilometre, far cheaper than building billions of dollars in highways.

 

Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/cycling-myths-debunked-why-cyclists-arent-as-bad-as-you-might-think/story-fneuz9ev-1226925509305 


Bupa Around The Bay – Early Bird Entries Closing Soon!

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Bupa Around the Bay is Australia’s largest one-day bike ride which takes place in Melbourne, Victoria on Sunday 19 October 2014 and forms part of the Melbourne Cycling Festival running from Friday 7 October – Sunday 19 October 2014 at Alexandra Gardens. There are 5 different ride options available to cyclists, from the family-friendly 20km ride to the iconic 250km loop.

This is the 21st year that The Smith Family has been the official charity partner of Bupa Around the Bay, and it has grown to become their largest national fundraising event (raising over $1 million for disadvantaged Australian Children in 2013). Run by Bicycle Network, all the event entry fees go towards improving road conditions for all riders. That’s why The Smith Family challenges all riders to go the extra step and get sponsored to ride for a child in need. Riders who fundraise will be helping The Smith Family empower thousands of disadvantaged kids to create a better future through education.

Head to their website https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/bupa-around-the-bay/, select your preferred riding distance and secure your place in Australia’s largest one-day bike ride. Early bird prices close Friday 20th June so don’t miss out!

Source: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/bupa-around-the-bay/


Cycle on through Winter

 

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We all know that when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter it’s harder to stay active and motivated. Lying in bed all day seems so tempting, but you don’t want to lose the fitness you have worked so hard for! Cycling is one of the few sports that you really can do all year-round, so here are a few helpful hints to keep you cycling through the cooler months.

  • 1) Dress for the weather – with the latest cycling clothing it is perfectly possible to insulate and protect yourself from the elements so you can cycle quite happily through the winter. And, when you buy new clothing, you’ll benefit from the motivation to try it out.
  • 2) Preparation is key – don’t leave everything until the morning. Get all your clothing, kit and bike prepared the evening before, so when you wake up everything is laid out and ready to go.
  • 3) Get some lights – don’t let the dark mornings and evenings put you off. With a set of modern high powered lights, you can get outside before most people are even out of bed.
  • 4) Enter an event – set your sights on a future event. You will have the incentive you’ll need to summon up the motivation to ride because you’ll want to stay fit and improve your fitness so that you arrive at the starting line in the best possible shape.
  • 5) Have a winter plan – having a goal to give you a sense of purpose can be a great way to get you outdoors on the bike when the weather conditions might be less than favourable. It can be anything from deciding to commute to work twice a week, to setting a weekly or monthly distance or duration goal.
  • 6) Cycle commuting – if you don’t already cycle commute, then winter is a great time to start. Not only is it a great way to keep your fitness ticking over, but it will save you money and is exhilarating compared to being stuck in a train, bus or car.
  • 7) Explore new routes – avoid riding the same routes all the time. Instead, plot new routes to explore roads around your local area and to discover new roads and new ways of linking up existing roads.
  • 8) Meet a friend for a ride – cycling on your own is hugely rewarding, but sometimes when the weather is bad it can be really encouraging to plan a ride with a friend. You’ll have the incentive of not wanting to let them down and having to meet them at a certain time to force you out the door. Riding with a friend in bad weather can be great for moral as you’re both in it together. It can be good from a safety point of view too.
  • 9) Ride with a local club – these clubs are not only a good way of making new friends, but having a regular meeting time gives you the boost of motivation you need to get on your bike. Riding in a large group is good for spirits when the weather is bad, and you can also usually ride a bit faster and seek shelter from the wind by taking it in turns at the front of the group. Time flies by compared to riding solo.
  • 10) Get a coach – If you’re a competitive sort and maybe fancy doing some racing next season, then enlisting the services of a professional coach can be a really good idea. It might seem an elaborate expense and only for the professionals, but a coach can help cyclists of all levels and abilities.
  • 11) It’s only weather – just remember, it’s only weather so don’t let it put you off riding in it. We’re fortunate here that the winter is mostly mild and is well suited to year-round cycling.
  • 12) Just get outside – don’t think too much about how bad you think it might be and instead, don’t think about it at all. Just get dressed, get out the door and get riding. Most of the time it’s never as bad as you think it will be. And the reward for having gotten out will be immeasurable.

So there you are, no excuses now! Go into winter with a positive attitude and come out of it feeling fit and healthy and well prepared for the following Summer months.

Source: http://road.cc/content/feature/99064-16-top-tips-keep-you-motivated-and-cycling-through-winter

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MS Brissie to the Bay

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In just over 4 weeks, more than 5,000 riders will be hopping on their bikes to take part in the ride to fight multiple sclerosis. This annual ride has been a part of the Brisbane cycling scene for 23 years now, coming a long way since its humble beginnings when it attracted a modest 80 riders.

MS Brissie to the Bay offers a diverse range of course options, allowing riders from all levels of skill to jump on their bikes and show their support for people living with MS. There are four exciting distances on offer for those who are willing to join the challenge, all of which start and finish in South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park. There is the family friendly 10 km ride around the Brisbane Riverside, the scenic 25 km ride to Balmoral and back, the classic 50 km ride to Wynnum and back, or the challenging 100km course to Wellington Point and back.

This ride is more than just a fun day out on the bike; all of the amazing riders raise money to help change the lives of  the thousands of Australians living with multiple sclerosis. To celebrate how far the ride has come, the aim for this year is to break fundraising records and raise a sensational $1.5 million for people living with MS.

Go for it and sign up today! Ride for a great cause and surround yourself in the fantastic atmosphere on Sunday 22nd June, 2014. Visit http://www.brissietothebay.com.au/ for more information.

Source: http://www.brissietothebay.com.au/ 


Cycling Safety Tips

With winter just around the corner the sun is beginning to rise later and set earlier, which is why it is important to take extra precautions when riding to and from work. When cycling, the Brisbane City Council says to be sure to wear an Australian standards approved helmet, wear appropriate footwear (enclosed shoes), stay hydrated and know your fitness level/riding skills. Ensure that you obey all road rules, and, if possible, find a bikeway to plan your route. 

Staying safe in the darker months requires you to be seen – use reflectors, use lights and try to wear brighter clothing. Remember to always keep a minimum distance of 1 metre between yourself and other vehicles, and be constantly aware of your surroundings by scanning and shoulder-checking. Make sure you let others know the direction you are travelling by using hand signals, and most importantly be aware of intersections and car doors!

By following these simple tips you will create less danger for yourself and can continue to cycle happily and safely. 

Sources:

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-leisure/cycling-brisbane/cycling-rules-signs-safety-tips 

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/Cycling/Cycling-safety/Tips.aspx#cyclists


Bike Week 2014

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Bike week is the largest cycling festival in Queensland and has been held every year since the early 1990’s. It features over 20 free events, both on and off the bike, and aims to encourage people of all ages, sizes and cycling abilities to take up cycling.

Kicking off this Saturday 26th April, the week will be packed with all sorts of events including Ride to Work Day on Thursday 1st May, and ending with the BDO Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge on Sunday 4th May. Bike Week offers something for everyone, so make sure you have some fun and get involved! For more information visit: http://bikeweek.bq.org.au/ 

 

Source: http://bikeweek.bq.org.au/


New Cycling Laws for Queensland

On Monday 7th April 2014, the Queensland Government introduced new rules in order to improve interactions between motorists and cyclists and to improve the safety of cyclists on the road.  The law now states that motorists must give cyclists a minimum of 1 metre wide when passing in a 60km/hr or less speed zone, and 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/hr. Motorists will be allowed to cross centre lines (including double unbroken centre lines), straddle lane-lines and drive on painted islands to pass cyclists, provided the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so. Applying common sense and obeying the rules are the main things to remember. Always check your surroundings and the cars around you; if it is safe to do so, indicate and pass the cyclist at the minimum passing distance; if it is not, slow down and wait until it is safe to pass.

The rule applies to all types of vehicles including cars, motorbikes, heavy vehicles and public transport vehicles, and applies whenever a motorist is passing a cyclist who is travelling in the same direction. The minimum passing distance applies to motorists passing a cyclist, not cyclists passing motorists, and any motorists who breaks the rule will receive three demerit points and a fine of $330.

To encourage safer behaviour on the roads, cyclists who break the road rules will have to pay the same fines as motorists. Common offences include:

  • Failing to stop at a red traffic light – $330
  • Disobeying a ‘No U-turn’ sign at an intersection – $88
  • Failing to stop at a ‘Stop’ sign at an intersection – $330
  • Exceeding the speed limit by less than 13km/h – $146

Fines will also be increased for rules that are specific to cyclists. Common offences include:

  • Carrying more passengers than a bicycle is designed for – $110
  • Failing to give way to pedestrians on a footpath or shared path – $110
  • Failing to display a light at night or in hazardous weather conditions – $110

These new road rules will initially be trialled over two years.

If you would like more information, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Queensland-road-rules/Changes-to-road-rules.aspx

 


Brisbane Cycling Launch Next Week!

Come along to celebrate the launch of Council’s Cycling Brisbane membership program and enjoy cycling demonstrations, music and entertainment. Cycle 2 City will be amongst many other organisations getting involved in advocating active lifestyle. We will have workshop demonstrations and Q & A on bike maintenance running all day.

 

Cycling Brisbane is free to join and aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities get out on their bike to see Brisbane. Sign up to Cycling Brisbane on the day and go in the draw to win prizes. Your membership will also give you access to discounts, deals and more.

 

 

When: Wednesday 26 March 2014, 7am – 2pm

Where: King George Square, Brisbane CBD

What: The official launch of Council’s Cycling Brisbane membership program. In addition to having the opportunity to meet 12 time Tour de France competitor Robbie McEwen, the event will include cycling demonstrations, bike mechanic demonstrations, music, giveaways, and information and deals from supporting businesses.

If you sign up to Cycling Brisbane on the day, you will go in the draw to win prizes including a Reid Cycles bicycle and overnight accommodation at the Pullman Hotel Brisbane.

Cycling Brisbane aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out on their bike to see Brisbane. It’s free to join and membership will give you the latest news and information about cycling in Brisbane.

We hope to see you there!

 
For more information on the Cycling Brisbane launch event, visit Council’s What’s On website <http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/featured/Events-in-Brisbane/index.htm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D109464909> .


The Cycle of Giving

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The Cycle of Giving is an on-road cycle from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane which raises money for the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. The ride marks the beginning of Donate Life Week and will be held on Sunday 23rd February, 2014. There are three cycling distances available, allowing for both casual and experienced cyclists to participate. Choose to ride 25km from Redcliffe to Chermside, 65km from Caboolture to Chermside, or the big one – 100km from Landsborough to Chermside. Whatever distance you choose, you will be making a difference to the lives of many people. Sign up today at https://cycleofgiving.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

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Proposed Cycling Law to be Trialed

 

 

 

 

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As early as April this year, a trial will be conducted whereby motorists will be forced to give cyclists at least one metre clearance when passing. This will mean that motorists must maintain a minimum distance of one metre when passing a cyclist in a 60kph or less zone, and 1.5 metres when travelling above 60kph. Safe passing distances are one of the biggest issues facing cyclists in Queensland, so this is a great step forward into improving safety for cyclists on Australian roads. If you would like to know more, read the full article at http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/cyclists-to-get-a-metre-clearance-within-months-20140129-31n68.html.

 

Source and Image: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/cyclists-to-get-a-metre-clearance-within-months-20140129-31n68.html


Farewell Sarah!

Yesterday we fare-welled the lovely Sarah from the C2C reception team as she begins her journey around Australia. Sarah has recently graduated from university and is now eager to spread her wings and explore what life has to offer her. Sarah has been a valuable staff member here at C2C over the past 12 months, bringing a positive energy to the centre every day. We wish Sarah the very best in her future endeavours, she will be missed!


7.5% Increase in Public Transport Fares

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From Monday 6 January 2014, public transport fares will increase by 7.5%. So if you haven’t already then what better time to become a member with us here at Cycle2City!

By cycling to work you will avoid traffic congestion and delays, while benefiting both the environment around you and your own personal health. Come on down and visit us at Cycle2City for more information on our different memberships, and get cycling in 2014!

Image: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/what-cyclists-want-20110315-1bvw7.html


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

 

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All of the staff here at Cycle2City would like to wish our lovely members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope each and every one of you have a wonderful and safe festive season and a very happy and healthy 2014. Thank you for all of your support this year, we look forward to seeing you again in the new year. Enjoy!!!


A New Direction for Cycling in Queensland

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The Parliamentary Committee has recently released a report on cycling issues in Queensland which gives recommendations that if adopted would make the Sunshine State a better and safer place to live and ride a bike.

The report has attention to planning detail with its call to strengthen existing cycling strategies and provisions through government planning and delivering strategies that would see the delivery of a safer connected bikeway network across the state.

68 recommendations are put forward by the Parliamentary Committee, including having flashing lights displayed in daylight hours, and infringement penalties for children being tripled and brought in line with adult drivers.

Bicycle Queensland will now be working with the State Government through the Transport Minister and his department (Transport and Main Roads) to see the report turned into positive action for all Queenslanders.

For more information, the report can be viewed at:

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2013/5413T4163.pdf

 

Source and Image : http://www.bq.org.au/news/parliamentary-committee-on-cycling-issues-report-is-out/