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John Reghenzani started riding to the office earlier this year due to a lack of direct public transport options, but the inner-Brisbane worker says "pandemic anxiety" has solidified his decision, even as restrictions start to ease.
"I am leery of using public transport now," he said.
"By cycling I'm killing many birds with one stone — I'm getting some exercise and having a direct commute to work, all while staying safe."
Mr Reghenzani is not alone.
Brisbane City Council data showed that since the state went into lockdown in late March there had been a major uptake in cycling and walking, while public transport patronage dropped.
The data found that at the peak of the crisis, the number of public transport commuters plummeted by almost 90 per cent.
Meanwhile, council has clocked an extra 1 million people using its bikeways.
Compared to this time last year, users are up 30 per cent on average.
However some paths, on some days, have seen an increase of 90 per cent.
Mr Reghenzani said he would continue to ride to work, partly due to "pandemic anxiety".(Supplied: John Reghenzani)In response to the surge, it was announced yesterday that the Brisbane City Council would team up with the State Government to form the joint Active Transport Advisory Committee (ATAC), to better integrate the bike and walkways with the transport network.
Mr Reghenzani said it was a good move.
"Someone once told me Brisbane cycleways looked like somebody threw a plate of spaghetti on the wall and I thought 'gee that's true'," he said.
"Some places it all links up but not everywhere."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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