Bakfiets spotted in Brisbane

My father has just sent me this photo he took of a bakfiets on the streets of Brisbane.

This is so nice for me to see. I grew up in Brisbane and never cycled much in that time. The city is not really conducive to cycling with hot and humid weather, lots of hills, urban sprawl and poor cycling infrastructure.

When I was in my early 20s I lived in Cambridge, UK for a few years and I embraced the cycling culture there with great enthusiasm. I returned to Brisbane hoping to recreate the car-free lifestyle I had so enjoyed in Cambridge but failed.

It has been almost a decade since I last lived in Brisbane and in that time some effort has gone into creating cycling infrastructure. I wouldn’t describe the painted lines on the road in the photo above as cycling infrastructure, but it’s an improvement from nothing and Brisbane does now have some off-road cycle paths as well. But best of all, Brisbane has a bakfiets.