Western Australian riders demonstrate their power during Bike Week
Once a year in March people gather in Western Australian metropolitan and regional areas to celebrate the joy of cycling. During Bike Week, held from Friday 17th March to Sunday 26th March 2017, the cycling community unites and attends the many events which take place during the week. What’s special about Bike Week, is that it is a jam packed community shindig that’s open to all, whether you ride a little, a lot or you haven’t been on a bike in years.
Bike Week: Promoting bike riding for more than 30 years
For more than 30 years Bike Week has played an integral role in promoting bike riding across Western Australia. Presented in partnership by the Department of Transport and WestCycle, Bike Week has been very successful over the past years in mobilizing people to participate in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as a preferred mode of transport. A diverse lineup of events across metropolitan and regional Western Australia offers something for everyone – from casual bike riders and regular commuters to children, families, seniors and everyone in-between.
This year participants can contribute in showing the power of bike riding and its popularity in Western Australia by mapping their rides with the Bike Citizens App. This will create a special Bike Week Heatmap of the Western Australian area, a map which depicts the cycle traffic of a city over a given period of time. Riders will have access to the Perth maps and other features of the Bike Citizens app for free during Bike Week which are normally $6.90 Australian Dollars.
What events take place during Bike Week?
People in Western Australia can choose from more than 80 events, which mostly are organized as self-initiatives. In order to help organisations and groups to plan their events, the Department of Transport provides $30,000 in grant funding. This year 40 organisations and groups did receive financial support for their event.
Many of the events occur in the Perth area and the surrounding suburbs. But the outreach of Bike Week goes as far as Kondinin, Dwellingup, Toodyay, Newman and the far corners of WA. Past Bike Week events have included two wheeled treasure hunts, bike breakfasts, ride to school day and work days, social rides, workshops, comedy shows, pedal-powered film screenings and much much more. Check out the full list events on the Bike Week calendar.
In 2017 Bike Week will including the following pedal-tastic events:
|Baysie Rollers Inc.||Baysie Loves Bikes|
|Broome Tri Sports Association INC||Broome Bike Week Breakfast|
|Cape Range Riders Inc||Bike maintenance program|
|City of Albany||Cycle City Living|
|City of Armadale||Movies By Bike|
|City of Belmont||Belmont Bike to Work Breakfast|
|City of Bunbury||Celebrate CBD Cycle Commuting|
|City of Canning||Shelley River Ride|
|City of Cockburn||Cockburnhagen Rides and Events|
|City of Fremantle||Suburban Ride-Ins|
|City of Gosnells||Bateman to Beckenham Bike and Brekkie Bonanza|
|City of Joondalup||Bike Dr|
|City of Melville||Let’s GLOW Riding Melville|
|City of Rockingham||Rockingham Community Breakfast Ride|
|City of Subiaco||Subiaco Bike to Work Breakfast|
|City of Vincent||Community Breakfast|
|Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association||Women on Two Wheels|
|Corrigin Community Resource Centre||Corrigin 2017 Bikeweek Bingo|
|Fremantle Bicycle Users Group||Fremantle Neighbourhood Story Ride|
|Fremantle Bicycle Users Group||Light Me Up Ride|
|Green Skills Inc||Denmark Festival of Cycling|
|Kalgoorlie Boulder Roadwise||Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Bike Week|
|Kidical Mass Vincent||Kidical Massive Family Bike Ride!|
|Kondinin Community Resource Centre||Tour de Kondinin|
|Local and Community Events (L.A.C.E.)||Maylands Easy Retro Ride&Picnic|
|Murdoch University||Murdoch Meander|
|Quairading Community Resource Centre||Tour de Quairading|
|Shire of Ashburton||Bike Week|
|Shire of East Pilbara||Newman Community Bike and Breakfast|
|Shire of Plantagenet||Bike It For Brekky – The Sequel|
|Shire of Toodyay||Toodyay Family Cycle|
|Shire of Wyalkatchem||Blend some Berries for Bike Week|
|South Metropolitan Health Promotion Services||Peel Region Cycle Instead Bike Week Bonanza|
|South Perth Cycle Club||2017 Giro d Perth – the backlane bike odyssey|
|The Gelo Company||Famous Sharron – Music Video Clip|
|The Girls’ Brigade WA||Bike Run|
|The Village at Wellard Residents Association||Tour De Wellard – A Bicycle Scavenger Hunt|
|Town of Cambridge||Cambridge Bicycle Pit-stop|
|Transition Town Guildford||Great Guildford Bicycle Treasure Hunt|
|UWA Student Guild Environment Department||Envirofest|
How does Bike Week contribute to encouraging people to commute and make bike riding a part of their daily life?
Bike Week provides resources and how to guides that enable bike riders to educate themselves and adopt cycling as a form of active transport. Bike Week events are positioned as a positive first experience for those contemplators who are interested in becoming more involved with cycling but haven’t been fully converted. Events such as Mechanical Pit Stops and Bike Servicing pop up sessions educate riders as to how they can help themselves when out on their bikes.
How does the Western Australian Government work to achieve higher mode share of cycling?
In Western Australia we are seeing an investment in shared paths and bike paths along with augmented public end of trip facilities in the city center.
Travel behavior change programs like Your Move encourage more people to use active transport, such as walking and cycling. The Connecting Schools grant program aimed at improving bicycle access and end-of-trip facilities for schools, as well as providing behavior change initiatives to promote cycling.
The State Government also partners with local government authorities to deliver local bike paths and updated cycling infrastructure.
The Public Transport Authority (PTA) work encourages people to ride to train and bus stations by increasing bike storage and making these hubs more connected by bike paths.
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