Bicycle Awareness Monitors trial
Brisbane City Council is trialling two solar powered Bicycle Awareness Monitors along the Kangaroo Point bikeway, to help improve the safety of people walking and riding bicycles or e-mobility devices along shared paths.
The six-month trial addresses community feedback about pathway etiquette, including complaints about bike and e-mobility device speed along pathways and aligns with Council’s Transport Plan for Brisbane – Strategic Directions, by implementing transport network safety upgrade programs and projects.
The Bicycle Awareness Monitors, known as BAMs, are modelled on the successful speed awareness monitors in use around Brisbane. BAMs aim to improve safety by alerting riders about their approaching travel speed and promote safe behaviour along pathways.
If you are travelling at or over the recommended safe speed for shared pathways of 15 kilometres per hour, you will receive a request to slow down to help maintain a safe environment for all path users.
The trial will take place from August 2022 through to February 2023.
If you would like to provide feedback on the trial, you can email the project team.
The two solar powered BAMs are located along the Kangaroo Point bikeway, approaching the Riverlife Adventure Centre for those travelling northbound and southbound.
How the monitors work
A radar detects speed as you approach a monitor. One of the following messages will display:
- If you are travelling at or over 15 kilometres per hour, you will receive a request to slow down.
- If you are travelling below 15 kilometres per hour, you will receive a smiley face and a thank you message.
The purpose of monitors is to alert you to your speed, not to issue infringement notices.
Impacts during construction
Council makes every effort to minimise disruption to the local community during installation. The BAMs are located within Kangaroo Point Cliffs, which is a Queensland Heritage Place (QHR 602400). The works were undertaken under a Heritage Exemption Certificate (HEC) approved under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 as the works were not expected to impact on the heritage significance of the place.
If you would like to find out more about the Bicycle Awareness Monitors trial, you can:
- phone Council on 07 3403 8888
- email the project team
- write to:
Bicycle Awareness Monitor trial
Transport Planning and Operations
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001