West Enders to Form Line of Human Bollards to Demand Biker Safety

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In a bid to press politicians into providing safe dedicated bike lanes, bike-loving West End residents are gathering on Friday to create a pop-up protected bike lane.

The event will be on 8 September 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Hardgrave Road, West End. The event will coincide with the Bling Your Bike Day event organised by West End State School.

Participants will be using witches hats, traffic markers and other items to create a separate cycle lane on Hardgrave Road heading to West End State School. From 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., participants will be creating a line of human bollards on the street.

Dozens of people are expected to stand hand in hand on Hardgrave Road to create a human barrier inside the witches hats and traffic markers.

During the event, commuters will be requested not to park along the west side of Hardgrave Road from Skinner Street to Scott Street. Parking will be available again after 9:00 a.m.

Raising Awareness

The activity is intended to emphasise the call for safe lanes for bikers, thus help encourage commuters to trade their cars for environmentally sound bicycles.

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Through the Pop-Up Bike Lane, the activists want to raise awareness and make people feel how it is to feel safe while riding the bike along a protected space.

The event is hosted by Right to the City, Space for Cycling Brisbane, West End Community Association, and Councillor Jonathan Sri (Gabba).

Find out more about the event here.