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NO CAFE SEATS. NO PROBLEM!

Posted in bicycles, cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2020

 

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This gentleman has adapted very well to the Covid-19 restrictions and the takeaway only cafes by bringing his own seat when riding his bike. Good on him!

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BENVENUTO TO FREO OCEAN CYCLES!

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2020

 

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It is nice to see the historic Fremantle Weigh Bridge in Phillimore Street used again, so a warm welcome to  E Bike Hire OCEAN CYCLES, run by Italian born Mario and his partner.

Check them out on http://www.oceancycles.com.au and Facebook: Ocean Cycles, and Instagram @ocean.cycles

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HIGHWAY TO CAR FREE HEAVEN

 

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt writes on his blog that the Highway to Hell event, where the entire Canning Highway was closed off to traffic from 4pm to late at night on Sunday, shows what potential there would be for place making if Perth was not such a car dependent city.

It was indeed fantastic to see thousands of people walking and cycling along Canning Highway, and I fondly remember the car free Sundays we had in Germany during the global oil crisis, where Autobahns became cycle ways and events were organised. Yes, those good old days, hey!

Closing parts of the city is always going to be a challenge and will receive criticism and praise, as it will inconvenience those who live and work there, and it requires a lot of, not very forthcoming, flexibility from the Public Transport Authority.

There are still Fremantle people who would like to see the High Street mall reopened to  traffic, and presumably also let cars run through the centre of Kings Square at the High Street reserve.

We had car free trials on the Cappuccino Strip on Sundays, but according to the City of Fremantle traders in the CBD did not support that. The trials were in my opinion not that good though, as they did not engage in real place making, and instead created a huge alfresco area for the traders on the strip, and the ugliness of far too much pine used, to make those alfresco spaces.

The Highway to Hell was a great creative, big thinking, idea that worked really well, but there are plenty of people who complain about it. A world where we all agree is as utopian as a car free world.

Roel Loopers

NOT ALL CYCLISTS WANT THE SAME

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, city planning, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2020

 

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Fremantle Council wants Freo to become more bicycle friendly and discourage the use of cars, but when planning new cycle lanes it is important to realise that not all cyclists have the same needs and that city planners need to differentiate, as the Netherlands have been doing for centuries.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CYCLING WITHOUT AGE

Posted in aged, bicycles, city of fremantle, seniors, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Cycling Without Age, an international not-for-profit organisation that allows elderly and less mobile people to experience an outdoor ride on trishaw e-bikes piloted by volunteer cyclists, has launched in Fremantle.

The social enterprise was partially funded by the City of Fremantle’s Arts and Community Grants program and received $5000 earlier this year to help get it off the ground.

City of Fremantle Director of Community Development Michelle Brennand said Cycling Without Age encouraged ageing in a positive context and built bridges between generations.

Cycling Without Age was established in Denmark in 2012, and is represented in 42 countries around the world today.

Cycling Without Age are piloted trishaw rides that follow two routes and are  entirely free for passengers.

They depart Monday to Friday from South Beach and cycle to South Fremantle Power Station and back, and on weekends they are at Bathers Beach cycling to B Shed and the South Mole.

Volunteer pilot cyclist act as a channel for passengers telling stories and many of the older passengers talk about their memories of the area.

Cycling Without Age’s Fremantle chapter is currently recruiting volunteer cyclists, who will be trained to pilot the trishaw.

They are also raising funds for a second trishaw. While the first trishaw was funded by a bequest and a City of Fremantle community grant, CWA are now seeking smaller donations and sponsorships from local businesses and care providers to expand this  community service.

For more information, visit cyclingwithoutage.org.au. To book a ride, call 0448 447 223 or email adminwa@cyclingwithoutage.org.au.

Cycling Without Age is also offering trial rides at the City’s International Day of People with Disability and International Volunteer Day event at The Meeting Place on 5 December. Book here to register your attendance.

 

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WHY THE BIKE PARKING URGENCY BEFORE LEGAL RULING?

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2019

 

It seems rather premature that a development item is on the Fremantle Council Planning Committee agenda on Wednesday when it is still the focus of a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal by the City and State Government.

The application is for two bicycle parking structures in front of 142 High Street, just east of Kings Square, where the State Administrative Tribunal questioned if the land is actually privately owned or Crown land, and hence the matter ended up in the Supreme Court where it was judged that the land is on private land, but that ruling is now challenged.

Reportedly the City of Fremantle has already spent some $ 800,000 on the court case, but they hope to recover that should the ruling by the Court of Appeal be in their favour.

I wonder though why all parties would not wait with the planning application until the matter has been ruled in court.

The PTA is strongly objecting to the bike shelters in that location as it want it for bus stops close to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

 

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VERY FREO CYCLISTS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

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Coming out of Chalkys cafe on High Street this morning I noticed these two colourful ladies riding their bikes, so had to take a photo of course as it is so very Freo.

The lady in the back is helping to organise the East Fremantle Primary School Fair that will be held this Saturday afternoon October 26. Go and support them!

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GET ON YOUR BIKES FREO!

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 10, 2019

 

A new plan designed to encourage more people in Fremantle to ride a bike more often has been formally adopted by Fremantle Council.

The City of Fremantle’s Bike Plan 2019-2024 will set the City’s priorities for bike infrastructure projects, programs and promotional activities for the next five years.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the goal was to make Fremantle a more pedestrian and cycle friendly city.

The City’s Integrated Transport Strategy set a target that by 2030 Fremantle should have a connected, safe and seamless bicycle network that encourages cycling to be a convenient, every day choice for how to move around Fremantle.

At the heart of the Bike Plan is a low speed core in the city centre where cars, bikes and pedestrians all share the space. The city centre and other activity areas are then connected by a network of primary and secondary routes along which people of all ages and abilities can feel safe to ride a bike.

In recent years there has been a steady rise in the number of people cycling in Fremantle, with a 13 per cent increase in people riding in a recent city centre bike count.

The Bike Plan was informed by a community engagement process undertaken late last year in which residents were asked to share their experiences of cycling around Fremantle and identify areas where bike facilities were good or needed improvement.

The plan identifies four primary routes that connect major destinations such as the Fremantle and Perth city centres and four secondary routes connecting activity centres like shopping areas, schools and sporting facilities as priorities.

It also outlines planned infrastructure upgrades including more green bike lanes along on Parry Street and William Street, improvements to on-road bikes lanes on Marine Terrace and an upgrade to the intersection of Queen Victoria Street and Parry Street.

The City will also continue to participate in initiatives like the Department of Transport’s ‘Your Move’ program and Bike Week to encourage more cycling.

To read the Bike Plan click here.

 

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