Tell me what you think.
I am not a happy chappy.
Thank you for submitting a Have Your Say form regarding bike racks being installed in the front of B Block.
Not wanting to point out the obvious, but construction is currently being carried out in front of B Block on Ernest Street, that unfortunately does not allow enough room to put bike racks and still allow pedestrian access to the footpath and the buildings. This construction has been extended until the end of October due to issues between the Brisbane City Council and the Water Commission.
The distance between the current bike racks to B Block is a 30 second walk across a road, not a huge ask for people who are healthy enough to ride bikes. Its really just laziness and a lack of respect for the facilities and other students, that people chain their bikes to anything without any regard for people who also use that area and what risk they maybe placing others in. This is also an issue with our blind and differently abled students.
If we put bike racks under B Block, we are breaching WH&S as this is a walkway and an eating area, and the Institute would be placing people at risk by allowing bike riders to use this area. Most riders may dismount and walk their bikes through, but previous experience tells us that some will try to ride their way to the racks, oblivious to the rights of others to be able to move in a pedestrian designated area about with being 'run over'. Again, this is another risk presented to our differently abled, blind and hearing impaired students that they have to overcome.
Once the construction in Ernest Street is complete we will review the area for a satisfactory space for another bike rack, but again this is dependent on the risk and hazards presented and how we might be able to safety remove or reduce these issues.
Thank you again for submitting a Have Your Say form on behalf of your fellow students.
Southbank Institute of Technology