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UQ Cycle Safety Campaign

As bicycle use continues to grow across its St Lucia campus, The University of Queensland launched a cycle safety campaign in April 2015, in a bid to raise awareness and lower the risk of accidents. The University has welcomed a 32.5 per cent increase in cyclists at the St Lucia campus since 2011 and continues to encourage cycling as an alternative to driving. The University recognises that cycling is not only a sustainable form of transport with no carbon emissions, it also improves wellbeing, reduces traffic congestion and reduces the need for car-parking infrastructure.

The University has shown its support for cycling in recent years with the development of cycling infrastructure at the St Lucia campus, including the Eleanor Schonell Bridge (Green Bridge), end-of-trip facilities such as secure bike lock-up rooms, bicycle racks, repair stations as well as Brisbane City Council CityCycle stations. As a result, there has been a steady increase in the uptake of cycling by UQ students and staff. But as bike use increases so does the risk of accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

UQ is now stepping up its ongoing campaign to make paths and roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The campaign will emphasise safe-cycling workshops, events to promote safe cycling, improved infrastructure, and communication including safe cycling routes and tips for cyclists and motorists. There are a number of tips cyclists should follow for a safer journey, including giving way to pedestrians and sounding your bell to let them know you are passing, always following the road rules, using your lights at night and have reflectors on your bike, and being aware of car doors – allowing a one-metre gap between yourself and vehicles.

There are also a number of tips motorists can follow when sharing the roads with cyclists, such as leaving a one-metre gap when passing a cyclist in a 60km/h or less speed zone and a 1.5 metre gap when the speed limit is more than 60km/h, which is now mandatory under Queensland law, opening your door with your left hand and checking for cyclists, checking blind spots and being patient and considerate. An overview of the laws for motorists passing cyclists and a list of tips for sharing the road with cyclists can be found here.

The University has urged all road users to report all accidents and near misses to security by phoning 3365 1234 or email security@pf.uq.edu.au. The University sees the need to educate international students on the importance of bicycle safety and awareness was another key component of the University’s cycle safety campaign.

The University welcomes any feedback on the campaign. To have your say, email pf@pf.uq.edu.au.

Program Overview

To help reduce parking and traffic problems, and to foster a healthy lifestyle, the University encourages cycling as an alternative to driving to UQ. The University bicycle safety awareness program is underpinned by five key pillars as outlined below.

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Communications & Workshops

Cycling Workshops – Semester 1 2018

Back to basics

Workshop covers basic cycling skills such as helmet and bike safety check, bike handling and etiquette.

  • Date & time: 11am – 12pm, Thursday 22nd February 2018
  • Location: External Basketball Court, (near UQ Tennis Centre - refer map below)
  • RSVP: To book please phone 0427 431 481 or email info@cycleaway.com.au
  • Cost: Free of Charge

Bicycle maintenance

Workshop covers basic bicycle maintenance such as how to change a flat tyre and other general maintenance hints.

  • Date & time: 11am – 12pm, Thursday 22nd March 2018
  • Location: External Basketball Court, (near UQ Tennis Centre - refer map below)
  • RSVP: To book please phone 0427 431 481 or email info@cycleaway.com.au
  • Cost: Free of Charge

Please bring a bicycle along. Free cycling safety gear will be given to all attendees!

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February 2018

Free Cycling Workshops

As part of the Cycle Smart, Cycle Safe campaign, the Sustainability Office has partnered with Brisbane City Council’s Cycling Brisbane to offer a series of free bicycle workshops to UQ staff and students in . The workshops are tailored to assist cyclists of all abilities to improve their cycling confidence and bike maintenance skills.

From: Manager Transport Systems, Property & Facilities Division
Sent: 17 April 2015 11:02 AM
Subject: Cycle Smart, Cycle Safe

Dear bike user,

The University of Queensland is stepping up its cycle safety efforts in a bid to raise awareness and lower the risk of accidents through the Cycle Smart, Cycle Safe campaign.

The University has welcomed a 32.5 per cent increase in cyclists at the St Lucia campus since 2011 and continues to encourage cycling as an alternative to driving to help reduce parking and traffic problems and foster a healthy lifestyle.

But as bike use increases so does the risk of accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

The campaign will emphasise safe cycling workshops, events to promote safe cycling, improved infrastructure, and communication including safe cycling routes and tips for cyclists and motorists.

The need to educate international students on the importance of bicycle safety and awareness is another key component of the University’s campaign.

For more information, safety tips, safe cycling routes and how to report accidents, visit www.pf.uq.edu.au/cycling/cyclesmart-cyclesafe/

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