taken form city news at www.questnews.com.au
Big dreamers deliver cycle centre
BRISBANE, May 15: Two former city workmates will see a seven-year dream realised later this month with the opening of Australiaâ€™s first CBD cycle centre beneath King George Square.
The $6.4million cycle2city facility will provide 420 secure bicycle parking spaces and lockers, air conditioned male and female change rooms, showers, valet laundry/drycleaning services, and bike repairs for its members.
Andrew Onley and John Hack came up with the idea for a fully serviced cycle centre in 1992 when they encountered problems riding to work in the city.
``I got into all sorts of trouble with my boss for bringing my bike into the carpark and was told on more than one occasion `the office is not a motelâ€™ because I had all my gear with me,â€™â€™ Mr Onley said.
``In those days companies were paying lip service to being green but discouraging people like myself from riding to work.â€™â€™
After a stint overseas, Mr Onley and Mr Hack began their campaign to make the cycle centre a reality in 2000.
â€œWe approached Brisbane City Council with the concept and theyâ€™ve been very supportive,â€ Mr Hack said.
â€œThe project has been jointly funded by the City Council and the State Government and after it went out to tender, we were awarded the contract.â€™â€™
Mr Onley said a six-month memberships cost about $5 per day, which is less than a two-zone return bus fare.