RACQ takes part in first Active Transport Advisory Committee

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed the opportunity to discuss the safety of pedestrians and bike riders at the inaugural Active Transport Advisory Committee (ATAC) meeting today (6 July).

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael was invited to attend with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and other community advocates to look at ways safety could be increased for bike riders and pedestrians.

“Providing safe, active transport infrastructure is vital for supporting Brisbane residents in shifting to more sustainable forms of transport,” Dr Michael said.

“Active transport is a major part of the solution when it comes to busting congestion in Brisbane.

“In recent years, we have seen some major cycleway projects constructed, though network gaps still exist which undermines the connections to and from these major links.

“To address this and ensure active transport journeys are connected, safe and provide a high-quality level of service, it’s critical Council, the State Government and other stakeholders work collaboratively.”

Dr Michael said the Club had recently undertaken research on the community’s changing travel patterns in the wake of COVID-19 and had also been assessing safety risks and treatments for key roads in inner Brisbane.

“We will use this evidence to inform discussions with the committee going forward to identity solutions which balance the needs of active transport users and other road users.”