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Cycling etiquette and walking zones: council reveals active transport strategy

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March 22, 2019 by admin

Brisbane City Council wants to make the CityCycle scheme more attractive to potential users.A campaign to promote better cycling etiquette, a trial of bicycle pump and maintenance facilities along major bike routes, and “finding ways to make CityCycle more attractive” are key themes of a new active transport strategy for Brisbane.
Nanjing Night Net

Thefive-point plan outlined by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Wednesday comes on top of the $120 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program announced late last year.

In unveiling the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012 – 2026, Cr Quirk said he hoped the next decade would see one walking or cycling trip made in Brisbane for every five powered journeys.

It’s a big ask considering the latest census data shows only 1.2 per cent of all trips to work are made on bicycles and 3.7 per cent are on foot.

“This strategy is about making walking and cycling an easy choice for Brisbane people,” Cr Quirk said.

“After all, active travel has health, congestion reduction, environmental and money-saving benefits for the individual and the city, so there are plenty of reasons to get active.”

Each priority outlined in the strategy comprises a range of actions which were determined through a community consultation process last year.

Top priorities include making information available in various languages, improving safety by launching a shared pathway “rules and etiquette” campaign, extending the Active School Travel program to high schools and continuing to support events such as Bicycle Queensland’s Bike Week.

Secondary priorities include Brisbane City Council looking for suburbs to become “model active communities”, reducing short car trips by creating “walking and cycling zones” around public transport stations, and making sure the city’s transport modes comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 by 2022.

Creating a network of pathways along roads and rail lines are two of the six actions categorised as Priority Three, along with the completion of the Brisbane Bicycle Infrastructure Plan which will outline Brisbane’s primary cycle infrastructure requirements.

The council will also install better signage, trial mid-commute facilities such as bicycle pump and maintenance stands, and find ways to make CityCycle “more attractive to community, business and visitors.”

Meanwhile, Priority Four contains seven actions focusing primarily on safety, with council looking to separate pedestrians from cyclists on the city’s busiest shared paths and improving flows at notorious “black-spot intersections”.

Priority Five is all about information, with plans to make trip information accessible on smartphones and roll out more electric counters to capture user data.

Cr Quirk said multiple projects outlined in the strategy were already underway.

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