Best Bike Routes in Brisbane

Brisbane didn’t make the list when German insurance startup Coya ranked the 90 best cycling cities in the world in 2019, but that doesn’t mean that Brisbane is a bad city for cycling.

In fact, Brisbane has come a very long way in the decade cycle2city has been operating. Continuous improvements, new bikeway projects and the addition of new pedestrian bridges has turned Brisbane into one of Australia’s leading cycling cities, and plenty of new projects are in the planning stage to improve upon this!

Here’s some of our favourite Brisbane tracks to ride, in no particular order!

  • Wynnum To Manly

This beautiful bayside trail along the Wynnum Manly foreshore is lovely, no matter the time of year or if you’re riding during low or high tide. The views past the Manly marina, the Wynnum Wading Pool and the pier are terrific, and the ocean breeze will keep you cool on the warmest summer days.

At 6 kilometres, this is an easy trail that you can bring the whole family along to. Find maps and more information here.

  • Mount Coot-tha

This is a bit out of character for us since these are off road or mountain bike trails, but they are some of the most unique in Brisbane, and are a great experience. Covering more than 23 kms of tail, Mount Coot-tha has trails for beginners and advanced riders, and Brisbane’s best view to boot!

  • Veloway 1

Those cycling from south of Brisbane can hop on the Veloway 1 as far out at Eight Mile Plains, with multiple other access points. The separated bike path connects directly to Kangaroo Point Bikeway and Brisbane CBD, making it perfect for commuters.

Visit Cycling Brisbane for maps and more information.

  • Kedron Brook Bikeway

This track is a favourite for North-side Brisbanites. Stretching some 20 kms from Mitchelton to Nundah – or the other way around – the Kedron Brook Bikeway consists of pathways and separated bikeways, which makes for a very pleasant weekend ride.

Find maps and more information on the Cycling Brisbane website.

  • River loop

What good is the Brisbane River if we don’t take advantage of its beautiful vistas? Arguably the most popular bike route in the city, the river loop is suitable for both social riding and training. It starts at South Bank and will take you through the beautiful riverfront suburbs to the South-West of the city.

See the full route on Google Maps here.

What do you do after a rewarding bike ride? Stop by cycle2city after your ride to have a shower, freshen up in our air conditioned locker rooms, and get dressed in freshly dry-cleaned clothes. If you stop by our website, you can yourself grab a free 7 day trial today!


New decade, new you? A guide to setting resolutions that actually work

2020 is the start of a new decade. What better time to turn over a new leaf? Here’s how to go about setting your new year’s resolutions.

The thing about New Year’s resolutions is… They don’t work. I’m sure this isn’t really surprising to you. We’ve all set New Year’s resolutions to start doing something overly ambitious at some point – only to fail, lose interest or simply forget.

Research shows that less than 25% of resolutioners actually stick it out for a full month, and fewer than 8% actually accomplish what they’ve set out to do.

The problem is that we want it all, and we want it now, so we jump head first into the deep end. We make drastic changes that are unsustainable in the long run instead of making small lifestyle adjustments that can stay with us for the rest of our lives.

Here’s what to do: Set SMART goals

And by SMART, we mean Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Making sure your goals for the new year have these characteristics will give you the best possible chance of succeeding.

  • Specific: being specific helps keep you accountable. Say “I will ride my bike to work three times a week” instead of “I’m gonna start exercising”
  • Measurable: In order to measure progress, we have to determine what we’re measuring. Saying that you want to lose weight isn’t specific enough, and that makes it easier to quit early.
  • Achievable: This one’s pretty self-explanatory. You can set super ambitious goals, but you should break them up into smaller, achievable pieces. Losing 10 kilos is hard, but losing 1 kilo several times over is easier, more achievable, and easier to stay motivated for!
  • Realistic: “Achievable” ensures that your goal is attainable, but this ensures that it’s something you’re willing to attain. Want to lose weight, but you’re not willing to work for it? Sorry, that isn’t a realistic goal yet.
  • Timely: You should put a deadline on achieving your goal. A deadline can help keep yourself accountable, which is a good thing. Just make sure your deadline is realistic too. Making big changes to your life is a marathon, not a sprint. Slow and steady wins the race.

Plan for failure

If you set out to change your life in any meaningful way, it’s almost certain that you will fail at some point. If you start a new diet, you will cheat on it. If you start working out, you will take a few too many days off. It’s only natural.

It’s really hard to change habits we have ingrained in ourselves over years or decades, nevermind changing them in a couple of weeks.

What’s important is to anticipate the failures and to not give up when you hit a temporary setback. It’s all too easy to think “oh, I messed up this week, so I’ll just start again on Monday”, but a more healthy approach is to recognise your mistakes and get back on the horse.

Start low and go slow

Whether you’re new to exercising or a veritable professional, you might want to trial your new resolution before you commit.

If you’re thinking about cycling to work, you should know that cycle2city has a 7 day free trial, which you can find here!


The Cities that do Cycling the Best

There are a few companies out there who rank and report on the best cities for bicycling, and you can add Coya to that list. The insurance tech startup based in Berlin has created their own analysis of the world’s top cycling cities.

Crunching the numbers on 16 categories ranging from safety to local weather year-round, Coya employed statistical analysis instead of subjective feelings and opinions, and arrived at a list of 90 cities.

The top 10 Cycling Cities in the World

Here is Coya’s top 10:

  1. Utrecht (NL)
  2. Münster (DE)
  3. Antwerp (BE)
  4. Copenhagen (DK)
  5. Amsterdam (NL)
  6. Malmö (SE)
  7. Hangzhou (CN)
  8. Bern (CH)
  9. Bremen (DE)
  10. Hannover (DE)

As you would expect, the top 10 is heavily skewed towards central and northern European cities, who have been at the forefront of city cycling for decades. In fact, 30 of the top 35 are European cities.

The Chinese city of Hangzhou sneaks into 7th place despite poor safety results relative to others in the top 10. The other two non-European cities in the top 20 are Montreal, Canada, in the 16th spot and Melbourne in 20th.

Melbourne’s statistics here are actually very impressive. Their great safety statistics lands them the second highest Safety Score overall. The only other Australian city represented in the top 90 is Sydney in 40th, which actually comes third in the Safety Score category.

New Zealand is also represented twice in the top 50, through Wellington (30th) and Auckland (49th). The highest placing African city is Morocco’s Casablanca in 42nd.

You can read Coya’s full Bicycle Cities Index 2019 report here to read more about their data categories, individual scores, and the full list of the 90 best cycling cities in the world.

What about Brisbane?

So Brisbane didn’t quite make the cut this year, but that’s okay. Building new cycling infrastructure is a big priority for Brisbane City Council going forward, and we’re excited to see all of the improvements this will bring.

Five new green bridges have already been announced, and are being planned right now. They are:

  • Toowong to West End
  • St. Lucia to West End
  • Kangaroo Point to CBD
  • Breakfast Creek 
  • Bellbowrie

An increased focus on cycling and pedestrian traffic, and linking these with the CBD and public transport routes will do wonders for Brisbane as a cycling city. It will help clear up traffic congestion and pollution.

End-of-trip facilities like ours at cycle2city will surely also play a part in ensuring Brisbane has a future on two wheels. Lack of comfort and convenience are two of the biggest obstacles for people who consider cycling to work, and that’s exactly what we offer at our facilities!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

  • Secure, state of the art bike storage for 400+ bikes
  • 400+ personal lockers
  • 15 women’s showers and 18 men’s showers means no queues ever
  • Fresh towels supplied daily
  • Bike workshop with same day service while you are at work
  • Optional dry-clean service with fresh clothes delivered direct to your locker
  • 24/7 member access in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD

Interested in cycling to work? Click here to sign up to a free 7 day trial with us so that you can start work well!


Top 8 Christmas Gift Ideas for Cyclists

It’s that time of the year, and you’re out of Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life. You’re in luck, because we’re about to give you our 8 top Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life!

1. A good travel mug

A well-made travel mug for your morning cup of coffee of is simply a must-have in a country like Australia, where coffee culture is a big part of most people’s morning rituals. Rather than skulling your coffee of choice before hopping on the bike to work, a good travel mug will let you bring your jolt of energy with you.

There are many different brands, styles, colours and sizes available. They can just slot into a side pocket of your backpack as long as they are airtight. What if you want to enjoy your coffee while cycling to work?

2. Portland Design Works Bar-Ista Cup Holder – $18

The Bar-Ista’s design is as clever as its name, and is a gem for those of us who want to enjoy a cup of coffee – or tea – on our morning rides. It comes in two different clamp sizes, and will fit most flat and riser handlebars. Might not be suitable for the most hardcore road cyclists, but could be a clever gift for most other cyclists.

The Bar-Ista is available from Portland Design Works’ website and Amazon.

3. Universal Phone Mount – $13

Some riders are fine with stuffing their phones in jersey pockets. This is for those who aren’t. Fastening your phone on your handlebars will not only keep it high and dry, but will also allow you to use your phone as a GPS when doing new rides and routes.

There are many similar phone mounts in this category. The one pictured above is by Roam.

4. Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer – $449

Image source: CyclingTips.

The Garmin Edge 530 is the only real hi-tech bike accessory we’re recommending today, and it’s for good reason. It’s a great choice for those who want to take the step up from using their phones to a dedicated GPS.

The small form factor hides an incredible suite of metrics and features that are suited for road cycling and mountain biking alike, and the 20+ hours of battery time will keep you going for a long time. Particularly smart is the physical buttons, which are much easier to operate than a touchscreen while you’re riding.

5. Giro Aether MIPS Helmet – $399

Image source: BikeRumor.

The Giro Aether MIPS has everything you’d want in a helmet. Safety, aerodynamics and venting is all present in the Aether in spades. Obviously $399 is quite a big investment for most people, but the venting really convinced us to recommend this.

Giro’s testing shows that the Aether’s big vents can keep your head 2 degrees cooler than their competing helmets, which is something that every Australian rider will want going into our warmest months!

6. Cygolite Dash Pro 600 and Hotrod 50 Bike Lights – $66

A good light is an absolute must for riding in the morning or after late nights at the office, and the ability to see and be seen can be a lifesaver.

This particular combo can be found on Amazon for $66.

7. Ass Savers Fenders – $12

While lights and helmets can save your ass in a metaphorical sense, Ass Savers Fenders will save your ass in a more literal sense. Made for those who don’t want to rock a permanent fender, the Ass Saver will clip on under your seat when you need it.

With the peak of  Brisbane’s storm season coming up, this is a great little stocking stuffer for the cyclist in your life. Find Ass Savers on Amazon for just $12.

8. Pactimo Men’s Ultra-Lite Rain Jacket – $38.50

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Like the Ass Savers Fenders, the Pactimo rain jacket is designed to be a great solution for an emergency weather event. It is durable, light and small, but water-resistant enough to get you through those Brisbane summer afternoon showers.

Weighing in at just 117 grams, it packs away to be small enough that you can bring it with you in a jersey pocket on those humid and overcast days where anything can happen at any time.

It also looks really good.


Top 5 Reasons to Commute by Bike

Cycling to work has a number of advantages over driving or taking public transport. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 reasons why you should commute by bicycle!

Save time

As Brisbane’s population continues to grow, the traffic gets worse and worse. Rush hour is now packed with more cars and buses than ever, but you know who doesn’t get trapped in rush hour traffic?

Cyclists. Cycling to work is quicker than driving or taking public transport for many commuters in peak traffic. Cycling to work will always take the same amount of time, no matter how much – or little – traffic there is.

Save money

Cars are expensive. The average weekly fuel cost in Australia is $71.5. If you include insurance, repairs and services, the average two-car household in Brisbane spends almost $20,000 on their cars every year. Wow.

Parking in Brisbane adds another cost on top, if you’re even able to find somewhere to park.

Public transport is much cheaper, but has the inconvenience of not getting to choose when to drive. But just because it’s cheaper than driving doesn’t mean that it’s cheap. Single zone tickets will cost $6.62 return in Brisbane, which amounts to $1,655 per year.

Most people live in zone 2 or 3, which makes tickets significantly more expensive, and it’s not uncommon to pay more than $10 in public transport fare every day.

At cycle2city, you get secure bike storage, free towels, clean shower facilities and many more amenities from just $4.30 per day! 

Beat the time crunch by including exercise

Do you sometimes feel that you wish you could hit the gym and get in shape, but you just can’t find the time? Look no further! By cycling to work, you’ll save time and get your exercise in at the same time, leaving you to invest your time savings where you want.

Cycling to work has a large range of health benefits like protecting you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. All this while being a form of exercise that has a low barrier to entry and a low impact on joints!

Fresh air

Gettin out in the fresh air just feels great, there’s no other way around it. Especially here in Queensland, where we are blessed with some of the best weather in the world year-round.

It’s a great way to unwind and blow off some steam after a stressful workday, and getting a break from our computer and mobile screens is a welcome change of pace.

Riding your bike is also a benefit for the people around you because cycling is a zero-emission mode of transport. A solo driver in an average vehicle releases about 1 kilo of C02 per 3 kilometers, an average cyclist releases 1.4 grams.

Transport accounts for approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and switching to riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for the environment.

Safety and the virtuous cycle

Feel like cycling to Brisbane is unsafe? It may seem counterintuitive, but the more cyclists we have on our roads, the less likely we are to have cyclists being struck by cars in traffic.

This is because cyclist safety is a virtuous cycle. Dr Julie Hatfield of The University of New South Wales says that “the likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle.”

This isn’t because there are less drivers overall, but because the drivers change their behaviour and become more cautious and careful as they become used to sharing the road with cyclists. This means that cycling is seen as safer, which means that more people begin cycling to work, and the cycle continues!

 

Are you interested in starting to cycle to work? At cycle2city, we offer a 7 day free trial that includes full use of our state of the art facilities:

  • 420 bike parking spaces utilising the latest German technology
  • Secure electronic entry for members
  • 270 secure lockers and 18 showers for men
  • 150 secure lockers and 15 showers for women
  • 12 lockers in the people with disability area
  • A fresh towel provided daily
  • Irons & ironing boards
  • Hair dryers
  • Access to valet laundry and cleaning service
  • Air-conditioned locker rooms
  • A full-service on-site bicycle workshop
  • Small retail area providing basic “commuter emergency items” from toothpaste to bicycle accessories.

Click here to sign up to your 7 day free trial today!


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.