Thursday, 8 December 2016

Futureproofing the TBUG

Future Proofing TBUG

     At a glance:

  • TBUG is not a club, is not incorporated and has no public liability insurance
  • Organising a TBUG ride or activity makes the organiser liable should there be litigation

  • First three Ride to Work days used Bicycle Queensland public liability, now Council insurance is used so TBUG is locked into a partnership with TRC

  • 2014 case of litigation against a Qld bike training school a major concern

  • BUG has had occasions that could have left it open to litigation

  • Bicycle Queensland could but does not allow BUGs to join and be covered by  their public liability insurance

  • Bicycle NSW does – 34 BUGs affiliated with them

  • An alternative is to affiliate with Cycling Queensland, the state arm of Cycling Australia

  • TBUG would have to incorporate: $150 approx one-off cost, plus $50 approx annual returns fee

  • TBUG would then affiliate with Cycling Queensland: annual fee $700 approx

  • $700.00 fee includes $20m public liability insurance for BUG and officers

  • Other firms offer only $10m cover for at least $200.00 a year more

  • Cycling Queensland returns $11.00 per membership paid back to BUG

  • Private insurance companies offer nothing back

  • Members of many local bike clubs are already in Cycling Queensland – they would pay only $11.00 to join BUG with insurance cover from their Cycling Queensland membership carrying over to cover them as individuals - no double-up costs

  • Members would pay similar, sometimes lower, fees as now paid to Bicycle Queensland

  • Family discounts available for fees – 20 percent off with Cycling Queensland
  • Incorporated and affiliated to Cycling Queensland offers greater status and more credibility when advocating for improved local cycling with Council and Main Roads

  • Access to grants once incorporated to improve local cycling with vastly expanded opportunities 

  • Cycling Queensland is keen to enrol more BUGs state-wide, which will offer greater advocacy power for us locally than currently with Bicycle Queensland

  • Is it fair to TBUG ride organisers to leave them exposed to litigation without TBUG insurance? 

    The longer story:

    The Toowoomba BUG has been running very well since 2002. Fortnightly social rides have been organised by Margaret and Bruce. The BUG is not a club or an incorporated group. It could continue as is, or change to a more formalised incorporated group.

    Remain the same: The rides can continue to be organised as currently but this leaves the ride organisers and leaders at risk of litigation in the case of a serious accident by any rider or injured road user. So far there has not been any legal action as a result of accidents during TBUG rides.
    For example, the following two real events could have resulted in public liability law suits against ride organiser/leader.

    ·        A new rider came with the BUG for a while. He was counselled by Bruce and a number of riders on a many occasions about his riding style, which could have left himself and/or other riders at risk. After a solo crash on North Street he attended hospital outpatients and fortunately suffered only minor injuries. He did not return to the BUG rides.

    ·      Two riders came on their first BUG ride. One crashed and broke a wrist and was given hospital  care. Rob took care of both their bikes at his place and gave them a basic service. Both were found to be in need of a full bike shop service, with inadequate servicing to that point.

    OLYMPIC champion Sara Carrigan is being sued $750,000 over a cycling accident that happened on a ‘bunch’ ride at her Mermaid Waters based cycling school.

    Mr Elsey claims Sara Carrigan Cycling breached its duty of care because the school “knew or ought to have known’’ Mr Milligan’s standard of cycling behaviour was not sufficient to ensure he posed no foreseeable risk.

    It states Mr Milligan was “not satisfactorily trained and equipped to ride safely in the group ride on that day’’ and that he “ought to have been removed from the ride’’ when it became clear he was riding recklessly.

    Some basic standards and check list system can help to overcome, or at least show evidence of care being taken, to avoid or minimise such litigation.

    Incorporated future: The most important benefit of an incorporated not-for-profit is that we can buy public liability insurance for leader/organisers called officers of the group. TRC (Toowoomba Regional Council) requires public liability for organised rides, for example the first three Ride to Work days we had to get BQ (Bicycle Qld) to cover our public liability insurance – now TRC provides this.

    Another benefit is that we will be able to apply for state government and council grants to help promote road safety; offer coaching for new riders; have access to coaching classes; promote current and new rides; endorse ride groups of members who follow the new rules as TBUG rides; offer a BQ style ‘buddy system’ to new riders and openly publicise the TBUG to new riders in the area.
    We will have to hold at least the AGM, raise minimal funds to subsidise minimal cost and elect officers.

    Costs: BQ has made it clear that they have no intention of bringing BUGs into the overall BQ umbrella, unlike Bicycle NSW has, offering BUGs the much needed public liability insurance. 34 BUGs are members of Bicycle NSW.

    However, Cycling Queensland (CQ)  is an alternative for us as a state affiliate of Cycling Australia. It has recently changed its rules to cover ‘social groups’, such as BUGs.

    Therefore, the preferred strategy would be to incorporate and then affiliate with CQ.

    This would require one off costs of $148.00 for incorporation and annual costs of $699.00 to affiliate with CQ. 

    The affiliation fee includes the public liability insurance.

    How this would work: BUG members would have to join CQ. The membership of CQ buys a similar deal to the BQ offering. 

    I discussed with CQ the problem of riders who are BQ members who would not want to dump that membership mid subscription and spend a similar amount on a new CQ one. They are discussing this with their people at Cycling Australia. At the moment there is no firm view back from them.

    In summary the comparison between strategies follows:

    CQ Membership 

    Non-riding admin’ members: $34.00
    ·         Family membership offers a 20% reduction.
    ·         Ride basic: $60.00
    ·         Rider +: $99.00 age 19-64 and 65+ is $74.00
    ·         3 month trial membership: $29.00
    BQ Membership
    ·         Individual 18+: $99.00
    ·         Family: $139.00
    ·         Concession (student/Centrelink): $79.00
    The insurance cover of both BQ and CQ is similar at the $99.00 level. 

    CQ insurance at the $60.00 level is less than the Rider+ $99.00 offering.

    CQ returns $11.00 per member from the fees ($99.00 or $60.00) to the BUG/Club, on a quarterly basis.

    In this area the following clubs are members of CQ: Bikeline Racing; Toowoomba Cycling Club; Highfields Rollers; Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club; Toowoomba BMX Club.

    Any member of those clubs can carry their CQ insurance over to any other CQ club, or BUG, by paying a further $11.00 to that club/BUG. 

    So, if you are already a member of Highfields-Rollers you only pay $11.00 to the BUG. If you join the BUG and then want to join the Mountain Bike club (or any other), you just pay them $11.00.

    Go it alone? I have checked with other insurers to see what public liability might cost the BUG if we just decided to go it alone, i.e., incorporated but without CQ.

    It is not possible to buy insurance without incorporating. Typically, it was impossible to get a firm quote without firm numbers but as a target figure, with ‘about’ 20 members the cost would be ‘about’ $900.00 for the insurance, and that is only for $10m not the $20m that CQ offers. Also there would be no $11.00 returning to the BUG per member – a further ‘loss’ of $220.00 to BUG coffers.

    Process: The process of incorporation is laid out by the State Government and is straight forward. A set of model rules is available for groups to adapt for their own needs.

    To start the incorporation process we need to hold a meeting where a proposal to incorporate is moved, seconded and voted on.

    The TBUG ride on December 18 2016 will be a short city ride ending at Rob's palce for a $5.00 breakfast and discussion on this proposal.

    CQ are keen to have the BUG join them and for us to assist them in creating a proposal to offer to other BUGs around the Qld.

    An annual return has to be lodged with the State Government. This costs about $50.00.

    Future fund raising: There is no doubt some form of fund raising would have to take place just to cover the cost of affiliation to CQ. Some can come from being able to openly recruit new members.  A tall task to enrol the required 64 members to cover the initial affiliation costs up-front but if that were set as a target, say, for over the next three years, it could be achievable. 

    Other possibilities include some form of sponsorship. The ‘Bunnings sausage sizzle’ might even have to be entertained once a year. Perhaps a basic skills workshop held with a bike shop, with a percentage of the fee returning to the BUG account. A group garage sale of unwanted goods. Grants cannot be used for continuing costs though.

    Improved Advocacy: While BQ has been very good at organising the ‘Cycle Queensland’ ten day event and ‘Brisbane – Gold Coast’ one day events in particular, plus some other Brisbane only ride events, it has not been much benefit to riders outside Brisbane when it comes to advocating for better local roads or improved TMR designs here, where we live and ride. 

    BQ is not prepared, perhaps quite practically through a lack of resources there, to help to advocate within the regions or directly for the regions, beyond their involvement with TMR in the process of vetting the Qld Cycle Strategy and attending the round of various Government workshops.

    TBUG has had a presence in advocating for riding here with the local office of TMR and with TRC since 2008. 

    There have been many changes made to designs and road markings following representations to both levels of government, including to every Minister for TMR since Rachel Nolan was responsible for the portfolio. Trevor Watts (Toowoomba North MP) is helpful as a cycling advocate on our behalf.

    This can continue but it would be considerably more effective with the weight of a national cycle advocacy group behind us and with the status of an incorporated body to seek grants to provide ‘road related education’ here.

    Cycling Queensland, as an affiliate of Cycling Australia and as a partner organisation with the Amy Gillett Foundation, has a long and respected reputation within the world of Australian competitive cycling.

    Were BQ to have a broader focus and seek to support BUGs across the state, as Bicycle NSW does, this suggestion would be for the TBUG to incorporate and join with BQ.

    Finally: Please give the above expanded ambition for the BUG and indeed ultimately for other Qld BUGs, your consideration. 

    Margaret and Bruce can continue to organise rides as usual if a decision was made to progress down this expanded option.

    In conclusion, the big problem for us all today is the risk to those good souls who organise rides without public liability insurance.

    If we decide to incorporate and affiliate to CQ, formalising the TBUG structure, it not only protects the leaders and organisers, but also offers us a much expanded scope to promote and advocate for safer cycling in our region.

    Cycling Queensland information:

    This is the parent body of Cycling Queensland, Cycling Australia:
    This is the Cycling Queensland website:

    Inspect the $60.00 Ride Basic membership:

    Inspect the $99.00 Ride Plus membership:

    Inspect the $34.00 Non-Riding membership:

    Queensland Government information on Incorporation:

    In this section read all about the process of Incorporation, including the set of Model Rules:


Monday, 14 March 2016

RACQ view of speed

"A 10km/h speed limit reduction adds an additional four seconds of travel time to each kilometre, but using the section of Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra (which received this type of treatment in late 2008) as an example a sustained 11km/h reduction in 85th percentile speeds (Edgar and Tripathi 2011, p6) and a projected 16% reduction in crashes compared to the previous five years average was achieved (Edgar and Tripathi 2011, p7)."


In Australia, road authorities have historically set speed limits according to criteria that include road function, road alignment, prevailing traffic speeds and speed environment (covering roadside development as well as road and traffic characteristics).

A traditional focus on balancing safety and efficiency when setting speed limits is being challenged by a road safety perspective which states that safety should be the key deciding factor in setting speed limits.

Drivers react to many influences in choosing their speed and there is constant need to post realistic and credible speed limits to help achieve:
  • Voluntary compliance by the majority of motorists;
  • Effective regulation of traffic flow; 
  • Reduced crashes; and 
  • Optimal safety for vulnerable road users; while 
  • Having due regard for the amenity of people living along our streets and roads. 
International research into the tolerance limits of what the human body can survive when involved in a crash with or in modern vehicles (Tingvall and Lie 2008) supports speed limits being set lower in instances where the road environment does not provide adequate separation/protection from other road users, vehicles and roadside hazards.

It is RACQ’s preference that roads be upgraded to provide a more forgiving environment while maintaining mobility, rather than a blanket lowering of speed limits on existing substandard infrastructure.

However in high risk locations where road improvements are unable to occur in the short term, RACQ supports lowering of speed limits with appropriate changes in the traffic environment (including increased use of warning signs to highlight the change and the fact that the road is a high risk link) to assist in reducing crash likelihood and severity.

A 10km/h speed limit reduction adds an additional four seconds of travel time to each kilometre, but using the section of Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra (which received this type of treatment in late 2008) as an example a sustained 11km/h reduction in 85th percentile speeds (Edgar and Tripathi 2011, p6) and a projected 16% reduction in crashes compared to the previous five years average was achieved (Edgar and Tripathi 2011, p7).

New survey responses added

Tony Lake, Bill Cahill and Nancy Sommerfield survey responses have been added.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

TBUG Candidates Election Survey Responses

All candidates with readily found email contacts were emailed this survey, including those candidates for the position of Mayor.

No candidates for the Mayor's position replied.

All the surveys that were opened and read/started have the responses appearing below.

Some candidates opened the survey but chose not to complete it.

One started it but didn't complete it.

Any name not appearing in the list of 19 below chose to ignore the survey.

It is up to each elector to make up their own mind who to vote for.

Good luck with your selections on 19 March 2016, TRC election day.

Later survey arrivals added:
11 March 2016
Dianne Warr

Craig Stibbard
Jim McEvoy - Mayoral candidate
15 March 2016 added:
Tony Lake

Bill Cahill
Nancy Sommerfield
In 2015, TRC ran a Cycling Forum. A number of significant issues were raised in the session, particularly the need for TRC to consult more, and better, with local cyclers through the established cycle-advocacy groups.
Q1: If elected to Council, will you support and promote the Bicycle Advisory Committee model (see your cover letter and the url links) to ensure a properly consultative approach is taken by Council towards the cycling needs of the region?
Answers to Q1 - as they arrived into the survey instrument:

Anne Glasheen -
Craig Commens - Yes Of course
Peter Pyke - Yes
Carolyn Cranch - Yes
Peter Marks - Yes, I always have in the past and will continue to do so.
Voelcker Sapalou - Yes. Most definately
Ben Apsey - I think this is a no brainer. supporting any mode of transport other than cars is a good thing and is what Toowoomba needs. So Yes
Mike Williams - I have always advocated for a cycling advisory group which represents the full range of cycling enthusiasts
Murray Choat - Yes as a person who has been injured from a bike incidnet and one for better road safety. I am keen to learn more and contribute.

Garry Humphries -
Yes, I prefer the "Council Champion Option" for plugging the BAC directly into senior management as the cycling issues often cross Council Department boundaries and a Senior Officer is more likely to get results than a relatively junior Support Officer.
Heather Woodcraft - As an enthusiastic hobby rider in our region I absolutely support all and any advisory opportunities on this topic by riding groups.
Chris McGaw - Yes
Cos Marendy - Yes
Joe Ramia - Yes
Adrian Weatherall - Yes
Geoff McDonald - Have supported this in the past and will continue to in the future
Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No response

Gerard O'Leary - No response
Jim McEvoy - Yes I certainly would

Dianne Warr - Yes

Craig Stibbard - Yes

Tony Lake - Yes

Bill Cahill - Yes

Nancy Sommerfield - I believe for effective outcomes, an appropriate representative should be on the Transport Committee which wasn't the case
The 2015 TRC Cycle Forum responses showed that high urban road speed was an issue of concern to participants. It is a well researched fact that reducing urban road speeds is the simplest act that can be taken to reduce crashes and reduce the severity of crashes.
When hit by a vehicle at:
60 kph, 9 in10 cyclers/pedestrians will die
50 kph 5 in 10 cyclers/pedestrians will die
30 kph 1 in 10 cyclers/pedestrians will die

Q2: If elected to Council will you support and promote an 'urban speed review' across all towns in the TRC area, with a view to establishing 'safer community speeds' (see article url in your covering letter) and eliminating the 60 kph speed zones within city/town limits on Council controlled roads, as has happened successfully in NSW?
Anne Glasheen - Yes
Craig Commens - Yes
Peter Pyke - Yes
Carolyn Cranch - Yes
Peter Marks - I will. I think this is very important. I do believe the CBD should be reduced to 40 kph. I will be advocating for this to happen. Outside the CBD but within city limits roads should be 50kph in built up areas.
Voelcker Sapalou - I will support an urban speed review
Ben Apsey - I would not support a lowering of speeds. I would rather have the cycling lanes made separate from the roads as is done in many European Cities such as Paris. Lowering the speed, while reducing chance of death also means longer commutes for people using cars, taxis and busses.
Mike Williams - I support slower urban speeds where appropriate, as is starting to happen in toowoomba streets.
Murray Choat - Yes I am keen to work will all stakeholders
Garry Humphries -
My career as a Sport & Rec Officer has been focused on better urban design to promote more physical activity and better social connection in communities. I regularly ride my young 6 Year Old to school and it is the best father and son bonding time we have but from professional training and personal experience I know that one solution does not fit all circumstances, so I would support a review but recommended speed changes have to suite the local conditions because I have found that sometimes, drivers frustrated by speed limits become more dangerous not less dangerous. So my solution would look more at the full range of options that give cyclists of varying skill levels options in their route selection which may include reduced speed, or one way streets, better use of laneways, dedicated cycle path options or even cycle exclusion zones. I want to keep everyone safe, cyclists, baby strollers, dog walkers and motor vehicle users. If we were building a town from scratch then a blanket rule would work but as we are retrofitting a city much of which as designed to varying standards over the past 100+ years we have to be creative in our solutions.
Heather Woodcraft - I look forward to working towards creating a safer road environment for all users if elected and reducing the speed linit seems to be a logical and easily implemented aspect of this pursuit
Chris McGaw - Yes
Cos Marendy - No
Joe Ramia - Yes
Adrian Weatherall - Yes
Geoff McDonald - Have already advocated for this not necessarily for the sole benefit of cyclists.

Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No response

Gerard O'Leary - No response

Jim McEvoy - Yes

Dianne Warr - Yes

Craig Stibbard - Yes

Tony Lake - No

Bill Cahill - suject to broader community consultation

Nancy Sommerfield - No

The TRC 'Sustainable Transport Strategy', endorsed in 2015 (see the url link in your covering letter), shows walking has 7% of the modal share of transport (Household Travel Suvey 2011), Cycling has 1%, Public Transport has 2% and Car has 90%.
TRC has set targets for 2031 to lift Cycling to 3%, and for 2100 (85 years ahead of the year the councillors endorsed it), at 6%, while Cars still retain 70% of the modal share after 85 years of a 'sustainable transport' policy in action.
Councillors endorsed a five year review cycle for this Strategy.
The endorsed targets are not linked to the Qld Cycle Strategy.
The endorsed targets are conservative when compared to the UK experience, where, between 2005 and 2009, under the Cycling Demonstration Town program involving six moderate sized towns, the overall increase in the rate of cycling was 27%.
Q3: If elected to Council will you support and promote a review of the Sustainable Transport Strategy commencing in 2016 with the aim of lifting modal share targets for pedestrians and cyclists to a more realistic level than is currently set, and reducing the review period from every 5 years to annually?
 Anne Glasheen - Yes
 Craig Commens - Yes
Peter Pyke - Yes
Carolyn Cranch - Yes
Peter Marks - Yes, I am happy to consider a review of this situation to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all.
Voelcker Sapalou -No response
Ben Apsey - If it was tabled yes. I am yet to see how it was able to be called a 'sustainable transport strategy'. I firmly believe the more people we can get into using active or public transport, the better this region is going to be into the future. I personally have been pushing for a light rail network ass I believe it could be designed in a way that encourages mixed mode transport usage.
Mike Williams - A document does not deliver the result, it is action and no, that would be a waste of resources with little outcome.
Murray Choat - Yes

Garry Humphries -
Comparing the UK, where most urban centers were 'laid out' at a time in history when walking was the predominate form of transport to Australian towns which were laid out when horse & cart then Cars were the predominate form of transport can give some false indicators. Having said that I believe that most strategies benefit from annual review as long as the review is cost effective, after all the likely changes on an annual basis will be small so a review must be cost effective. What we are trying to achieve here is mass cultural change and other mass cultural changes led y government such as "Compulsory seat belts" took a decade or "Reducing Smoking" is ongoing but only saw positive impacts after 2 decades so Long Term goals measured in decades are not unreasonable. It will take sometime to reduce our reliance on cars as a primary form of travel but I believe that technology may do much of this work for us because as Driverless Cars start to become commonplace over the next 2 decades I think we will see a marked reduction in private ownership of cars and more use of communal 'car pools' that arrive at your door when needed thus our societal default setting of "lets take the car" will decline simply because the car suffers from the "out of sight therefore, out of mind" inclination that people have and cycling, walking and other forms of wheeled travel will grow exponentially.
Heather Woodcraft - I believe that development within our cities will, and should, become much more focused on walking and cycling rather than cars. There are many reasons for this including fuel and pollution concerns, space restrictions and better health awareness. With this in mind i feel that these targets are incredably low and dismissive of the common sway of opinions in larger cities around the world. Annual reviews would be a beneficial aspect of this future planning with council
Chris McGaw - Yes
Cos Marendy - Yes
Joe Ramia - Yes
Adrian Weatherall - Yes
Geoff McDonald - Happy to review the targets but an annual review would not only be costly if done to the extent it should but may also not be realistic. A review every 2 to 3 years I could support.
 Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No response

Gerard O'Leary - No response

Jim McEvoy - No response

Dianne Warr - Without being a current Councillor I would need to fully read all correspondence for and against before making any decisions.

Craig Stibbard - Yes

Tony Lake - Yes

Bill Cahill - I would support a review as soon as possible

Nancy Sommerfield - Would be interested in doing a review, think we need to be careful in how far out we do predictions also
In other parts of the Western world riding a bicycle is a major form of transport and is regarded as being as unremarkable as vacuuming the floor, or washing the car is here.
Children happily cycle to their schools, male and female employees ride to work, older men and women are adopting electric bicycles to get around on, cycling tourists happily visit and spend their money supporting the local and national economies.
This approach must be part of the future of Toowoomba city and the broader region but this will require imagination, planning, budgets and commitment from our Council and individual Councillors.

Q4: Will you commit to being a 'cycle planning and infrastructure' advocate for the region?
 Anne Glasheen - Yes

Craig Commens - Yes

Peter Pyke -  Yes. I actually often ride a bicycle...

Carolyn Cranch - Yes

Peter Marks - This is an ideal way of life and would be happy to support this in our region.

Voelcker Sapalou - No response 

Ben Apsey - As a town planner, I will commit to pushing for not just cycling infrastructure but all forms of active an oublic transport infrastructure. I f that means a drive to see the transport minister, I am prepared to do that to give the people of this region the active and public transport infrastructure that they as tax payers deserve.

Mike Williams - it is a culture change that is required. Council has 36 end of trip spaces in the new library and have required that QIC invest in their new building. This is the type of change needed.

Murray Choat - Yes I will

Garry Humphries - Yes I will commit to this but would like to extend the advocacy to include trails as well. Our National obsession with Paved Roads as the only viable route to our destination is a never ending cycle of "Build Road" - "Maintain Road" and then leave no money for anything else. In many European towns the shortest distance between to locations is not a vehicular road but a pathway or trail left over from a time when cars did not rule our transport thinking. Sure we must use roads for cycling but pathways and trails are generally more aesthetic and safer for all and being cheaper we can build and maintain more of them.

Heather Woodcraft - As stated in my previous answers, i enjoy riding around Toowoomba currently and am excited about the shift to a more pedestrian and bike friendly city plan in the future. If elected I hope to be a part of begining that journey in the next four years

Chris McGaw - Yes

Cos Marendy - Yes

Joe Ramia - yes providing someone can assure kids are safe on bikes from prediitors

Adrian Weatherall - Yes. I relied heavily on bike travel before I was licenced to drive.

Geoff McDonald - Yes and already am

Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No response

Gerard O'Leary - No response

Jim McEvoy - No response

Dianne Warr - Yes

Craig Stibbard - Yes

Tony Lake - Yes

Bill Cahill - I will not committ myself to any single issue ahead of striving to advocate for all competing priorities and interests in an unbiased manner as I have done so in the past.

Nancy Sommerfield - Agree. This is similar to the view that 'one must be able to park outside the shop once wants to go to' and takes time to change mentality.

In Victoria and NSW (and in NZ) the advent of the Rail Trail form of tourism has brought fresh life to many small country towns and villages.
The old railways in this region that are not owned by landholders where they cross their land, are not owned by TRC but by the state government.
To promote Cycle Tourism in this region it would be good to have a range of experiences for visitors (and locals) here and the Rail Trail concept is one attractive element TRC could consider working wth the state government and landholders to develop (

Q5: Are you prepared to commit to ensuring TRC creates a Regional Cycle Tourism Strategy within the 2016- 2020 period that includes the Rail Trail concept, and other on and off road cycle experiences?
Anne Glasheen - Yes

Craig Commens - Yes

Peter Pyke - Yes. A no-brainer. Tourism. Tick.

Carolyn Cranch - Yes

Peter Marks - I am more than happy to consider a Strategy but within the Strategy, timelines, budget requirements, ratepayers dollars and usage by the community will all need to be taken into consideration. I have always maintaned that we must have strategy before structure to implement anything correctly.

Voelcker Sapalou - No response 

Ben Apsey - I would much rather the rail corridores that still exist be re built for their intended purpose, rail transport, given the population growth we are set to experience. that is not to say that those corridores couldn't be used for a cycle trail in the mean time and then along side a light rail line.

Mike Williams - A trails forum has run cross the region this week to identify and promote opportunity. Council is keen to develope and promote more opportunity.

Murray Choat - Yes I am in favour for these

Garry Humphries -
I am proud to have helped establish the National Trail from Cooktown to Melbourne in the 1980's and have long been an advocate for the completion of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. I would welcome the chance to maximise the benefits to the region from the huge growth of cycling in recent years. Events such as the Tour Of Toowoomba which I have assisted since its inception and our unique and world class down hill mountain bike courses and the 'altitude' competition and training appeal of the Crit Track near the show grounds, a facility I also had a minor role in developing, are just the 'tip' of the Cycle Tourism market for the region.

Heather Woodcraft - One of my major concerns for TRC over the next four years is to increase our local tourism industry and showcase our whole region. This model of Rail Trail is a wonderful example of one way to do that and lobbying our State Government for support is a necessary part of that. Cycle tourism is a fantastic growth area that we would be foolish to ignore and a proper strategy with appropriate consultation will ensure that council develop this to its full potential

Chris McGaw - Yes

Cos Marendy - Yes

Joe Ramia - Yes

Adrian Weatherall - Yes. They've done the same in many parts of Tasmania.

Geoff McDonald - Cycling in its various forms is mentioned in our tourism strategy and I dead is forming a rather large part of our trails consultation at the moment.

Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No Response

Gerard O'Leary - No response

Jim McEvoy - No response

Dianne Warr - In Council if elected I would still only be one voice. Decisions like this need time to reserach what would be required from all parties to make this possible in the short term.

Craig Stibbard - Yes 

Tony Lake - Yes

Bill Cahill -  Happy to look at a straegy in order of the priorities according to the recent tourism study comissioned by council and how there might be some value add by including this

Nancy Sommerfield - We are already working on that at Yarraman, and currently doing trail workshops across the region for that very purpose.
Q6. How do you propose to promote the 'Active Transport' concept in this region if you are elected?

Anne Glasheen - Firstly research the proposal, community engagement, then incorporating the results in our planning regs.

Craig Commens - I use any method I can to get my message across. Different things work for different groups and people. One size doesn't fit all, so a broad approach needs to be taken.

Peter Pyke - Via consultation and participation. Talking with, not talking at.

Carolyn Cranch - Allocate clear bike lanes and reduce speed zones so bike riders and automobile drivers all feel more comfortable sharing the roads.

Peter Marks - By answering the before questions as I have, it shows I support this concept and I look forward to addressing this issue when it comes before Council.

Voelcker Sapalou - No response 

Ben Apsey - This is where I would need your help. I am only one person and can't do it alone or change things overnight. I can say I would be interested in the BAC and how that encourages a change in the mindset of people wanting to use cars to active transport. Please check out my website to read more about me and what my vision for the future of this region is.

Mike Williams - Cycling is evolving in Toowoomba. More people are using it as a recreation, however some of those will choose to also commute if we provide the facilities and road infrastructure to make them feel safe.

Murray Choat - Work with all levels of Government and TBUG and those stakeholders and the broader community to develop a strategy that will impact the safety and pleasure for bike riders and commuters . Council also needs to step outside the shire to look at other Councils Transport & Drainage Branch's and what they have done and is successful.

Garry Humphries -
By being an advocate, learning more lessons from the significant body of work already done in communities around the world and continuing the dedication I have already given to developing Cycle Tourism and Trails development in the Region and most importantly to continue riding with my son to school.

Heather Woodcraft - I am particularly interested in linking the bike paths throughout the city to make for easy, safe access routes to different business and leisure hubs, as well as developing more trails and paths to the surrounding townships to encourage people to explore our region and be more active. Better bike parking and lanes would also be beneficial. I am ofcourse interested in any other suggestions from those that bike much more regularly than myself!

Chris McGaw - By engaging community groups and seeking input from groups such as yours. By taking advantage of State and Federal funding and incentives.

Cos Marendy - Education and awareness are key. Most residents do not understand cyclists

Joe Ramia - with the help and a big input from the users of bikes.i

Adrian Weatherall - Meet with cyclists and gauge their ideas and find a way to promote their ideas. Motorists and cyclists have to share the road. At the moment, that appears to not be happening. We have to come together and set some realistic goals and work together to implement change. I myself would not be opposed to using a bike while on council business.

Geoff McDonald - We need to ensure people feel safe if having to co-share paths or roadways. Promote wherever achievable separated routes. Signage through way finding maps is important and all part of encouraging more active transport. The new Library provides end of trip facilities for those using active transport and this needs promoting for CBD workers.

Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No Response

Gerard O'Leary - No response
Jim McEvoy - No response

Dianne Warr - We need to invite all persons of interest to attend a forum. Who better to share ideas with on this topic, great ideas and concepts can form and grow if people have passion and willing to be involved. Community consultation Community awareness Community collaboration Work together for a mutual and positive outcome.

Craig Stibbard - I will listen to the concepts bought forward and I am always an advocate for new ideas involving the future of this region.

 Tony Lake - By consultation with relevant authorities and the public

Bill Cahill - I will be endeavouring to push for reviews of the planning scheme where I believe most issues originate. This is one of many

Nancy Sommerfield - Through fitness mainly and utilising the current cycling groups to extend engagement and encouragement. We have put quite a number of cycle parks under the new library, plus lockers and showers which gives an idea of where council is heading.

The current daily modal share of transport that Public Transport has is 2%, while Cars enjoy a 90% share.
The Council is not responsible for the bus services here but it could be responsible for providing strong leadership to improve our bus services, freeing up the roads and encouraging a greater use of cycling and walking.
Q7: Will you commit to being a public transport advocate for the region and what might your actions involve?
Anne Glasheen - State Government is reviewing our public transport system in the second half of this year

Craig Commens - Yes, I would encourage private companies to improve bus services, If council has to modify some rules etc for that to happen, I would be fully supportive of that.

Peter Pyke - Yes. Absolutely. Another no-brainer. Like Joke Hockey said, some people don't have cars. Or want one.

Carolyn Cranch - No

Peter Marks - I am more than happy to advocate this, as this was one of my main concerns during my previous term on Council but sadly never came to fruition. I have no doubt that the majority of the ratepayers would welcome some of their money going towards a successful public transport system.

Voelcker Sapalou - No response 

Ben Apsey - I believe I have answered this previously. The simple answer is yes. I personally love rail transport. So much so that I submitted a light rail proposal to state and local gov in April 2014. To which I was told 'Toowoomba doesn't have the population'. I replied 'yet'. We don't have it yet but we have the chance to strategically plan for the future of the regions transport infrastructure now so that when the time comes, which I believe isn't too far away, that demand is sustainable enough the network can be rolled out in stages. Build it and they will come is the planning term for this. We as a region deserve to have our taxes spent on efficient and reliable public transport infrastructure. If that is not being done, our state government is not doing its job properly.

Mike Williams - Council continues to lobby Bus QLD to improve timetables and route allocation however this group seem to be reluctant to respond to the negotiations so far. Increased bus usage is dependant on the density of urban living and to this end council is encouraging development around service nodes in the city.

Murray Choat - Yes this is an old issue that need urgent attention as I am getting many emails and questions on the subject.

Garry Humphries -
The only short term solution to our cultural obsession with the car is public transport. I only occasionally use buses simply because they don't often 'sync' with a busy lifestyle. I think the solution is better partnering with bus providers to offer more frequent, smaller buses in a "Hail & Ride" format to complement our existing bus stops. I applaud Councils initiative to subsidise taxi travel for weekly shopping trips for our older residents but am also not averse to exploring the feasibility of light rail down the existing inner city rail corridor. All these solutions require better connection with State and Federal authorities and my experience in working with State and Federal agencies will be helpful in these endeavors.

Heather Woodcraft - I thoroughly endorse the use of public transport however the practical implementation of a region wide, or even just city wide, public transport system has not been successful in Toowoomba and I am wary of promising that which might not have a happy answer. Also i feel that the culture of public transport use that is so ingrained in other cities will take to develop here and may not be acheivable in one council term.

Chris McGaw - Yes by working with the State and providing more dedicated bike and walking paths.

Cos Marendy - Most certainly. Education and awareness, better town planning, incentives for public transport vendors and users

Joe Ramia - as long as Qld gov own the entity and not a burden to the rate payer Be a strong advocate to ensure seething happens.

Adrian Weatherall - Yes I will commit. Toowoombas public transport seems to be in dissaray. We need to get cars out of the cbd, especially Ruthven St.

Geoff McDonald - Yes Encourage the preservation and identification for light rail passenger service which is possible only a year or so away. Advocate the state government to acknowledge the lack of regular public transport provision .

Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No Response

Gerard O'Leary - No response

Jim McEvoy - No response

Dianne Warr -Support lobbying state giv to improve public transport not just in the city but look for opportunites to include our rural residents. A public transport review needs to be done asap. Our needs are currently not being met.

Craig Stibbard - I do believe there need to be changes with the transport in the region. Public consultation needs to take place. Input from the community is important with this issue. Target the state government as it is not fully a local government issue.

Tony Lake - Yes - reviewing all reports and recommendations on their own merits.

Bill Cahill - I will continue to push for reviews of the planning scheme. In order for the public transport nodes to become more obvious sooner.

Nancy Sommerfield - Public Transport is a a difficult one. You can't run empty buses around and you can't make people use them. Our population doesn't yet justify a good public transport system. I think the novelty of a light rail from Uni to town will provide a natural transition to public transport take up. If you catch a bus to work and have to slip out to pick up a sick child, go to an appointment away from your work you are's not simple but we are definitely moving in that direction.
As Council (and Transport and Main Roads) provides more bike lanes there is a responsibility to also provide education to all road users on how to continue to cohabit on our roads.
This is not being done, by either TMR or TRC, causing confusion as cyclers expect motorists to understand the road rules, even as they change.
Good design is vital, as are clear road markings.
Unfortunately, within Toowoomba there are old road markings that need to be scrubbed off the road surface and new, properly positioned, markings put down.
There are places where 'transition paint' (see those green painted lanes at Settlers Inn, Ruthven-Alderley Sts, Margaret and Hume St) needs to be placed to provide a better chance of alerting motorists to the presence of cyclers.
Council has so far been reluctant to follow the practice of the more 'cycle aware' councils and accept that 'transition paint' is a legitimate contribution to road safety, when applied correctly, and has declined consistent requests for a modest application of this treatment where cyclers have experienced repeated problems.
Q8: Do you support a review of road markings and signage in the region with the aim of increasing road safety by acknowledging the legitimate presence of cyclers on the road through better markings and signage?
Anne Glasheen - Yes

Craig Commens - Yes

Peter Pyke - Yes. Road safety. Why hasn't Council run a CEP on roundabouts?

Carolyn Cranch - Yes

Peter Marks - Yes I certainly do

Voelcker Sapalou - No response 

Ben Apsey - A friend of mine actually mentioned to me just recently that he hates cycling in the Toowoombba region as he feels unsafe in a bike lane. I mentioned what other countries do by giving cyclist their own 'road' section separated by trees or median strips. I think a review of how we in Toowoomba design roads and cycle ways is needed. I would support a review of these marking as a start but would much prefer attention be placed on re-thinking how they are designed in the first place. I understand TRC is currently developing a cycle route network, of which one runs along my street, so to be part of moving this along will be good for all if it is designed correctly.

Mike Williams - The challange is to ensure that the guidlines for road signage are up to date and relevant. The example used is TMR controlled and they are inlikely to change unless it meets the rule book.

Murray Choat - Yes Council needs to leave the area and look at other Council road markings to get real with the times.

Garry Humphries -
I support any reasonable option that will allow safer use of carriageways by all users but would need to educate myself better on the matter of "transition paint". I also believe that we need better cycle training for our younger cyclists and as a long time committee member of PCYC, which runs the safe cycle courses for kids I believe that safer signage and road treatments combined with better child training can make the roads safer for cyclist of all skill levels.

Heather Woodcraft - Yes, the safety of all residents should be one of councils main priorities. Systems that do not protect a community within the region must be updated in accordance with the best practice guidelines as appropriate

Chris McGaw - Yes

Cos Marendy - Yes

Joe Ramia - this programme needs to be driven by main roads with council help and input.

Adrian Weatherall - Yes I do. I was under the impression the lanes near the Settlers inn and Ruthven St were satisfactory and thought Toowoomba could use more lanes like it. As I said, consultation would be needed to establish what actions need to be taken to keep cyclists safe and to better educate drivers.

Geoff McDonald -Yes

Carol Taylor - No response

David Campbell - No Response

Gerard O'Leary - No response

Jim McEvoy - No response

Dianne Warr -I support education and more awareness. Whilst I beleive everyone has the right to share the roads new markings on the road etc are confusing for many. Thats why I believe more funds should be allocated to these new rules and conditions.

Craig Stibbard - I do. A safer option for all.

Tony Lake - Yes

Bill Cahill - Yes

Nancy Sommerfield - We can review that but we also need to consider the cost, not just of putting the markings down or adding signage, but then maintaining them. Would cyclists be prepared to pay a registration to cover these costs? Do cyclists do any inhouse education for their groups to ensure they follow the rules? We want everyone to keep safe on the roads and everyone needs to be educated, including the cyclists. I feel the wording in this survey is all about what is best for cyclists, not what is best for all road users.