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First day of Parliamentary Inquiry into Cycling Issues

21 August 2013

Bicycle Queensland and a selection of local cycling advocates and groups were heard at the Brisbane sittings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Cycling Issues today.

Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson addressed the need for the inquiry to overcome decades of car-centric planning, and for Queensland to work towards world’s best practice in providing for cycling.

Mr Wilson said that one common factor with all the high-profile fatalities of bike riders in Queensland recently was that they occurred on roads without bicycle facilities.

The call for a greater investment in improving infrastructure for cycling was echoed by many of the speakers at the hearing today.

Other organisation represented today were Brisbane City Council, the Heart Foundation, the RACQ,  the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q), the Heart Foundation, Suncoast Cycling Alliance and Brisbane CBD Bicycle Users Group.

Eight individuals – mostly cycling advocates – who had made submissions to the inquiry were also heard.

Other themes that were commonly heard today:

  • A call for lower urban speed limits, to minimise the differential speed between motor vehicles and bike riders and pedestrians
  • The need for education to improve the culture of sharing the road in Queensland
  • Some were asking for a minimum 1 metre passing rule, all agreed for the need for education on safe passing distances.

See the Parliamentary Committee’s website for details on upcoming hearings at Mooloolaba on 27 August, Townsville on 3 September and Cairns on 4 September.

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