Thanks to Edward Hasbrouck for this Area Report discussing some problematic bike lanes in Brisbane and suggesting some action from advocates.
I attended and spoke at Tuesday's Brisbane City Council meeting to discuss the problems with the new bike lanes on Bayshore Blvd.
I handed out some photos illustrating the problems:
I blogged about the meeting:
All in all, we couldn't have asked for more at an initial meeting. The mayor and city council members had read our e-mail. We were welcomed, listened to, and thanked for bringing these issues to their attention.
Key takeaways and action items:
(1) The City Council is sympathetic, but the city is facing a financial crisis, and the council hasn't yet agreed to take action, only to request reports from the City Engineer and City Attorney. More letters to the City Council at "email@example.com" might help prompt them to act.
(2) While they are at it, the City Council is interested in a larger review of bike routes in and through Brisbane, including in particular Tunnel Ave. (which IMHO may provide an even better through route). If you write to the City Council, please ask them to make sure that the value as a through bike route of Tunnel Ave. -- a flat, straight, route partially protected from wind by embankments -- is considered in plans for "development" of the Bayshore Baylands and Schlage Lock sites.
(3) In the course of the discussion, the City Manager spoke of of how bicyclists have become more "aggressive" about asserting their right to a place on the road, and criticized bicyclists who fail to stop at stop signs such as at the intersection of Tunnel and Lagoon. I would not be surprised to see Brisbane police cracking down on stop-sign-running. Please spread the word to folks who ride in Brisbane to be careful.