City of Fremantle taking community for a ride
The City of Fremantle’s is urging the local community to get on their bikes for the City’s annual Bike Week, which kicks off next week (Sunday 18 March) with the Bikes for Africa busy bee.
This year’s Bike Week, which runs until 25 March, has a full program of activities that includes everything from the annual Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma and other cycling group events through to a bike-inspired fashion parade and even a progressive dinner. The events are designed to cater for a range of age groups, from children right through to seniors; and cycling abilities ranging from beginners to those who ride regularly.
This year will also see the grand opening of a community bike workshop set up by local bicycle action group, Dismantle, at Fremantle’s Esplanade Reserve. There has been very strong support for Bike Week from a number of local businesses, cycling groups and the community.
The City of Fremantle is supporting Bike Week with the aim of promoting bike use not only to promote a healthier lifestyle by integrating regular exercise into people’s daily routines, but also as a sustainable form of transport.
“Our aim is to be a leader in the provision of sustainable transport solutions and for Fremantle to be recognised as a bicycle-friendly city,” Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt said.
“Bike Week is a fantastic way of showcasing what Fremantle has on offer for cyclists and is something that the City supports wholeheartedly, not just to promote cycling as a means of transport, but also as a way of encouraging a healthy lifestyle.”
“I also love the very Fremantle events like the Freo Cycle Chic and bike inspired fashion parade. It should be a great week and I encourage the local community to participate – riding a bike is not only good for the environment and your health, but it’s also a lot of fun, especially when riding with family and friends,” he added.
The City, through its Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan 2011-2016 , has a clear vision for creating safer and more usable bike infrastructure around the city. Several initiatives already undertaken by the City include bike paths painted green to make them more easily identifiable to motorists and safer for cyclists, dedicated bikes lanes marked out along South Terrace, Queen Victoria Street and Parry Street; and WA’s first bike-only railway crossing on Wardan Lane near Fishing Boat Harbour.