Join the Fremantle BUG (Bicycle Users Group) for a Freo Ride

If you are interesting in cycling and making riding safer and better in Fremantle please join the Fremantle BUG (Bicycle Users Group) for a ride around Fremantle this Sunday  July 9th.

10am start from South Beach Cafe.

The plan is for 60 to 90 minutes slow ride, with plenty of stops to discuss the bike infrastructure we come across and how we can improve it to make Fremantle an even better place to ride a bike.

A Self-Guided Bike Tour of Freo’s Alternative History: “Demolished and Unbuilt”

Over the last couple of weekends as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival I ran a free alternative history bike tour called “Demolished and Unbuilt”. It was lots of fun but I know many of you missed out as it was fully subscribed.

So I thought I would post the tour so that you can take you and your mates on a ride through Freo’s alternative futures if you are so inclined. It starts at the Rainbow and finishes at the Norfolk. Enjoy!

Freo’s Ride-In Cinema for Bike Week

To go out with a fun sweat Bike Week in Fremantle will wrap up on Saturday with the Ride-In Cinema. It will bring back all the nostalgic memories of visiting the Drive-in but with a Fremantle twist.

Ride in to Market Street Piazza, park your bike and get dinner from one your favourite spots before settling in to view a series of short films that are related to cycling in some way, shape or form. Don’t get too comfy though, this cinema needs some pedal power to operate.

San Churro’s will be there handing out some free samples and discount vouchers to keep the energy levels up.

Grab a group of friends, family or maybe your neighbours and get pedalling at The Ride-In Cinema to celebrate Bike Week and Neighbourhood Day.

26th of March 2017 at 6:00pm until 8:15pm

Bike Week continues with Smart(er) Rider

Bike Week continues with Smart(er) Rider in which you can be rewarded for cycling around Fremantle.

Ask for your Smart(er) Rider card from any of the participating locations listed below and collect a stamp each time you ride to a participating venue.

Once you have collected 10 stamps enter the draw to win some great prizes.

We would love to see the adventures that you have while completing your cards so get riding and snapping today. Don’t forget to tag #freosmartrider for your chance to win a range of other great prizes kindly donated by local business, which include original artworks, bike equipment and store vouchers.

Enter the competition by placing completed cards in the barrel at Fremantle Library.

Competition runs from 17 March – 18 April 2017.

Major Prize

  1. Overnight Bed & Breakfast voucher in a Superior room at The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.
  2. Navig(8)r wifi sports action camera from Valentine’s Camera House
  3. Bike Accessory pack from South Beach Cycles

Spot Prize

These will be awarded to those snap happy riders who post their Smart(er) Rider moments to Facebook and Instagram so don’t forget to use the #freosmartrider and tag the local business you were visiting. Prizes include:

  • Original artwork by David Giles
  • Glen Cowans Studio gift vouchers
  • The National Hotel voucher
  • Other bike related gadgets

Smart(er) Rider Locations

Abhi’s Bread, AmaizeAnytime Fitness, Boost Juice, Camera House, Chai Baba, Chic Pea Vegan CafeCompendium Design Store, David Giles ArtistFlipside BurgersFremantle Arts CentreFremantle Leisure Centre, Fremantle Library, Free Choice Fremantle, Fremantle ChiropracticGlen Cowans’ StudioHarper’s Food Market, Luce Del Sol,  Missy MoosMR Hemp CoNatural Light PhotographyOhana Acai BarOld Bridge CellarsOne Stop ShopOxfam, ParlapaPirates BackpackersPropellerSignatures of AustraliaSOS Surf CoSouth Beach CyclesSpareparts Puppet TheatreStudio 37 Coffee Bar, The National Hotel, The Meeting Place, WA Maritime Museum

FREMANTLE LIGHT ME UP RIDE

It’s time to ride and shine!

As part of Bike Week, this gentle evening ride is designed to celebrate cycling and shine a light on you and your bike. Starting at South Beach and winding along the beachside shared paths, the relaxed 5km ride is suitable for people of all ages and riding abilities. Just make sure you glow! Kit out your bike with lights, reflectors, glow sticks + extra points if you use recycled materials.

The ride starts at the South Beach night markets and follows the bike path to Fremantle Roundhouse before returning to South Beach. Registration table opens at 6:30pm where participants can pick up their free bike light, with the ride departing at 7pm.

WHERE: SOUTH BEACH, SOUTH FREMANTLE

WHEN: 18TH MARCH 2017

TIME: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

COST: FREE!

http://www.fremantlestory.com.au/your-story/event-festivals/community-events/light-me-up-ride-2017.html

Cycling and the State Election. A Westcylce Summary

WestCycle has drawn together the cycling commitments of the four major political parties ahead of the Western Australian State Election. This table summarises each party’s platform for cycling.

Where possible, we have used the party’s own words to describe their commitment.

Invest in Cycling: Westcycle’s Campaign for the State Election

Westcycle is WA’s peak body for cycling (and I am on their board) and in the lead up to the state election Westycle is calling on all parties to commit to doubling funding for cycling infrastructure and deliver the WA Bicycle Network Plan (WABN) on time.

From a Fremantle perspective this is essential. Despite Fremantle being a local government leader in providing safe, connected and convenient cycling infrastructure we have got almost NO state funding towards this is in recent years as there is just enough money to go around local governments.

A recent Auditor General’s Report on cycling found that more than 50% of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan is still incomplete. There need to be a doubling of state funding for cycling infrastructure from $20m to $40m per year will help ensure the WABN is completed on time. Importantly, research has shown that the return on investment for cycling infrastructure is around 3.4 – 5.4 times the costs incurred.

For more info and to get involved see: http://westcycle.org.au/news/162-investincycling

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