Queen’s Wharf Development Traffic Changes

Queen’s Wharf Development – CBD traffic changes in affect from January 1, 2017.

The Queen’s Wharf Development construction is scheduled to commence on January 1, 2017.   The development is situated between the Brisbane River and George Street, and stretching from Alice Street to Queen Street, the construction of the integrated resort development is expected to take place over 6 years.

During the demolition phase the Bicentennial Bikeway is expected to remain open.  The route for cyclists and pedestrians may change depending on the construction works throughout the six-year build.  Cyclists will be notified through extensive signage and traffic controllers will assist with the safe management of these spaces when necessary.

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How to keep up-to-date 

 


Attention: Swooping birds

A warning to all cyclists and pedestrians to please exercise caution when commuting on walkways/bike paths during ‘swooping season’. The following information has been retrieved from the Brisbane City Council website (https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/protecting-wildlife-brisbane/living-wildlife/swooping-birds) for the purpose of advising commuters how to avoid swooping areas and what action to take when faced with swooping birds.

Between July and December some of Brisbane’s native bird species may become defensive and swoop people who venture too close to their nesting site.

A small percentage of birds strike or swoop as a warning to ward off intruders from their territory. Territories may include your backyard, street, local park or school. This is normal defensive behaviour as the bird is trying to protect their eggs or newly hatched young in their nest. It usually lasts about six weeks.swooping-birds

The most well-known bird for displaying swooping behaviour is the Australian magpie, however other species of native birds have also been known to swoop including the masked lapwing (plover), butcherbird, magpie-lark (pee-wee), little friarbird, torresian crow and noisy miner.

Tips to protect yourself

Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • avoid areas where these birds are nesting during the breeding season
  • if you are swooped, leave the area as quickly as possible but do not run
  • wear a hat or carry an umbrella
  • wear glasses to protect your eyes
  • do not interfere with the birds or their nest as this may increase swooping behaviour
  • watch the birds while walking away quickly – it is less likely to swoop if it knows you’re watching
  • never harass or provoke birds as this makes them more defensive and may lead to a worse attack next time
  • do not touch a young bird.

Bike riding tips

If you are riding your bike you can:

  • stick eyespots, a plastic face or attach cable ties to your helmet
  • dismount and walk (it is believed the birds respond mainly to movement).

Swooping bird management

Brisbane City Council has adopted working towards a natural balance as the guiding management principle in the management of swooping birds. Council:

  • provides information about swooping birds through brochures and at community events to increase understanding and awareness
  • undertake swooping bird assessments and implement appropriate responses on Council land (e.g. installing signage to warn people of swooping birds and installing covered bins to reduce access to artifical food sources).

More information

For more information phone Council on 07 3403 8888.


The health benefits of cycling

Regular physical activity is extremely important for our health. In particular, it can protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems cyclephotoassociated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.

Cycling is:

  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
  • A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
  • Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
  • Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
  • As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
  • A fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
  • Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.

And cycling regularly has several health benefits such as:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Riding to work is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health.

As well as the many health benefits of cycling, there are also several economical, environmental, social and mental well-being benefits of regularly riding your bike.

Information retrieved from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/cycling-health-benefits


National Ride2Work Day – 12th October

This coming Wednesday (12th October 2016) is National Ride2Work Day – an initiative designed to encourage Australians to cycle to work. Ride2Work day is celebrated by over 40,000 enthusiasts – well experienced riders and rookies alike – all across Australia.

There are many benefits associated with riding to work, and on Wednesday morning Bicycle Queensland will be hosting a free breakfast to bring the Brisbane cycling community together to celebrate this great lifestyle.

Join us at the Queensland Law Courts, 415 George St, Brisbane from 7:00am to 8:30am for a delicious breakfast hosted by Bicycle Queensland and Bicycle Network, with thanks to Australian Bananas and The Coffee Club.

Register today at https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/3025/

 

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Australian Census 2016 – Cycling

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Australian Census 2016 is fast approaching as we reach tomorrow night (9th August) be sure to say if you cycle to work. The data collected is one of the most important data sources used by governments in making future transport investment options.

In 2011, 1% of Australians indicated they travelled to work by bicycle on Census day. Government of all levels have used this figure to justify decisions around whether or not to fund bicycle infrastructure. If we are to have an impact on the future this is our small chance to do so.

Here at Cycle2City we support and encourage cycling to work and if you do too make sure you have your say!

 

If you are thinking about cycling to work Cycle2City provides a number of great options, taking the hassle out of commuting and makes your journey one of ease.  Head to https://cycle2city.com.au/become-a-member/ where you can sign up or request a 3 day trial of the facilities we have.


Top 5 Commuter Cycling Tips

Has this recent beautiful weather made you keen to get on your bike as much as possible?  Would you rather be on your bike under the blue sky than stuck on a bus?  Here are a few handy tips to make your cycle to work as convenient and easy as possible!

1. Plan your route: Brisbane has some of the best-dedicated bike ways making avoiding the traffic and getting to work on time easy. For more information check out: http://cyclingbrisbane.com.au/plan-your-ride/

2. Smile: Enjoy the cycle; it is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, remembering to smile to those that you pass. And when you ride home it provides a chance to relax and unwind after a busy day.

3. Take your time: Your cycle commute isn’t the time to set any Strava course records (on purpose). The roads are busy during peak hours with different types of road users and it is important to respect everyone on the road. As the weather gets better the bike lanes get busier. It’s not worth the few seconds of extra time to the next stop light to fly past someone, take your time and enjoy your bike!

4. Fuel up: Have a good breakfast before you set off and bring some snacks for your desk. A well-fed cyclist is a happy cyclist.

5. Dress for the commute: Tempting as it is to get up and get dressed in one outfit for the day, it’s usually best to pack your work clothes and wear something comfortable for the commute. Even better is taking advantage of cycle2city facilities and leaving your work clothes in your own locker and focusing on cycling in. That way you can come in whatever comfortable riding gear you fancy and make that ride to work all more enjoyable.

 

As inspired by: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/bike-blog/2016/mar/10/cycling-how-to-conquer-the-commute