BISA collaborates with, supports and encourages Bicycle User Group’s (BUG) to engage positively with their local council elected members and staff as well as with community members; the aim being to improve local cycling infrastructure and promote positive bicycle culture. In many local council areas BUGs have established close contacts with staff and elected members to achieve some great outcomes. In these areas their is excellent two way communication between BUG’s and their local council staff/elected members. BISA strongly believes together community and government can do great things.
BUGs are often associated with specific council areas, and can be as small as 2 or 3 active people. They are a good ‘first point of contact’ when you have concerns about:
your local cycling network
the state of local pathways or roads
interactions with motor vehicles and safety issues
opportunities to improve conditions for safe & secure bike use
BUG members can also be an excellent source of support & guidance when you are faced with purchasing or maintaining your bike or riding a specific route for the first time. Plus BUGs run great fun events.
Together BUGs and BISA make up the SA BUG Network. Together we take action and support each other.
We encourage you to get in touch with your local BUG. If there’s no BUG near you and things need improving jump to the end of this page to see how you can create a new BUG.
One of our main strategies for creating a bike friendly city is to encourage people to create more BUGs. Councils with BUGs have delivered significantly more investments in cycling infrastructure than those without. Can you create a BUG in your council area? Just a few hours a month can make a big difference. We are here to help – email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. Also look for ideas from other BUGs on this page and check out the tips below. BUGs work together.
Port BUG has worked for over a decade to encourage PA&E council to spend and implement their bike plan. Their work has made a huge difference with over 50% of their bike network now built. Click the link below to learn how they did it.