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Jun 292011

Today I got my free access card so I can use the secure 24/7 bike shelter at Carindale. It was a quick and straight forward process.

Facilities such as this are important to encourage cycling, especially at a high-traffic place such as Westfield Carindale.

It ‘should’ have more bikes in it than it does, but, like with so many healthy and environmentally friendly concepts, we need to un-learn many habits to make use of them.

I want Carindale Connect to help highlight local facilities and options like this that 1) locals may not know about or 2) need more promotion / questions answered to encourage people to make the transition to.

This is all you need to do to get your access card to the bike shelter:
1. Print off this form (PDF), complete (name, address a couple of boxes to tick) and sign.
2. Take the form with a) your photo ID, b) a bill with your name and address on it and c) $26 (refundable) to the Regional Business Centre at Carindale (Millennium Blvd) or another Brisbane City Council customer service centre / regional business centre.

Upon providing this information to the lady at the counter, it took about 5 minutes to get my card.

Other Brisbane City Council bike shelter locations:

  • Westfield Garden City shopping centre busway station
  • Westfield Chermside shopping centre, adjacent to the bus interchange
  • Mt Ommaney shopping centre bus interchange
  • Carindale Street, corner of Banchory Court opposite Westfield Carindale bus interchange

There’s discussion of a possible car park ‘n’ ride in Carindale. Would you consider cycling and parking your bike at the bike shelter and then getting on the bus to work etc? Would you consider cycling to the cinema, the library or your appointment/coffee at Carindale?

Tell us your thoughts about the bike shelter, if you use it (or are thinking about it) or any other local facilities you think we should spread the word about.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

  4 Responses to “Carindale bike shelter – have you got an access card?”

  1. That’s a great and inspiring website Maria. Thanks heaps for sharing that. Oh and keep an eye on that media-tart of a bike you have : )

  2. My bike seems to have made itself quite famous, all on it’s own. It’s also appeared in the South-East Advertiser. I leave it alone for the day and it has a life of it’s own…..

    It would be great to see more people on bikes. European cities are quite inspirational when it comes to cycling. This website has lots of photos of people on bikes looking quite sensational

  3. Ah your bike in the pic how about that! Glad to hear about your use of it Maria and yes, I hope we can get it maintained appropriately to keep encouraging people to use it.
    So true about not needing to be lycra clad (eek, I really don’t like lycra actually!) … I saw a great article about a foreign city somewhere where it cycling is just the norm for most people … there was a picture of an elderly lady in a long skirt cycling to pick up a few groceries, which is great! if I can find that article I’ll post it on Carindale Connect.
    Let’s hope we get more people using the bike shelter!

  4. That’s my bike in the photo above – the one with the basket!!

    This is a great facility. I leave my bike here when I catch the bus to work or uni and when I do my shopping at the Westfield. Carindale has a great system of bike paths connecting to the bike shelter. It would be great to see more people using it.

    I have a few complaints though which I’ve forwarded to council already. By posting this here I’m hoping that it brings it to the attention of council that this asset needs to be maintained regularly. The shelter is rarely cleaned so it gets very dusty – this is a problem if you are wearing good work clothes and don’t want to get dirty before work. With 4 lightbulbs out in the shelter I was fumbling around in the dark last week – this is awkward and is a safety issue.

    Happy cycling. And, remember, you don’t need to be lycra-clad or to wear ‘cycle-wear’ to use a bike (apart from a helmet).


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