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.


  1. crikey, a smiling cyclist! actually, one thing I noticed in York yesterday was that people on bikes looked much happier than they often do around my way even though they have all the traffic to contend with in the city. Maybe you have introduced a bit of the aussie laidbackness that the rider in the photo possesses during your time there.

    1. I do smile quite a bit when I’m cycling because it makes me so happy. I just can’t not smile! The cycleways here are so good too, particularly the lovely bike path along the river into town. It’s hard to be grumpy when you’re cycling along there.

  2. I wonder If you’ll ever return to Christchurch? The two big houses on the corners of Trent Street are gone now and eventually all along Avonside Drive will be walking and cycling tracks. I just hope it happens before I’m too old to use my bike! I’ll put photos on facebook for you.

    1. I would love to see photos of the bike path once it is complete. You’ll have to email me though (my email is on my about page) because I’m no longer on Facebook.

      I will never return to Christchurch because of the alpine fault. It’s expected to rupture in my lifetime and one large earthquake sequence is enough for me. I don’t want to experience that ever again.

  3. Good on your dad for taking the photo! It’s good to see another Bakfiets user complete with child passenger. Hats off to him for his bravery in cycling around Brisbane streets. 🙂

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