The wet weather didn’t deter devoted cyclists from turning out in force this morning.
They gathered in Brisbane for the annual Ride to Work Day breakfast.
Emilia Hutchinson reports.
Cycle gear or suits anything goes when there’s a freebie on offer.
Riders came from near and far to help celebrate Bike Week in Queensland.
Fergus Hogarth, Cyclist: “People are riding, it’s a growing activity, it’s good for you and it shouldn’t be stopped just cause it’s a little bit wet.”
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says a growing army of cyclists has prompted more funding for two wheel infrastructure.
Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane: “There’s been a very quantum lift in the amount of money going towards cycling over the last seven or eight years.”
One hundred and twenty million dollars to be exact, something local politicians are supporting.
The Brisbane City Council are making a lot of promises but cyclists say more needs to be done.
Paul French, Co-Convenor Brisbane CBD BUG: “Around about 2% of people are riding to the city everyday and we’ve got about 85% of people driving around in their cars so we need a massive shift in investment and effort.”
Bike week is an opportunity to discuss how to keep the wheels turning more safely.
Ben Wilson, CEO Bicycle Queensland: “What we want to do is harness those politicians just to look at how much money is given to roads and how much of that provides for cycling.”
It all wraps up on Sunday with a family ride around the city.
Emilia Hutchinson, QUT News.