The Ride To Work breakfast was held at Fremantle Kings Square this morning and was appreciated by many cyclists who turned up for yummy South American baked beans and eggs, muffins and great coffee while checking out electric and cargo bikes.
Nice to see City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn up and about early and enjoying a hearty breaky.
Hop on your bikes tomorrow morning and join the free Fremantle RIDE TO WORK breakfast at Kings Square between 7-9 pm.
It’s going to be a hot day so perfect for the RTW breaky.
Cyclists of all ages will be allowed to ride on footpaths from today and Police Minister Lisa Harvey believes that is just common sense.
I sincerely hope Fremantle cyclists will show common sense because it could create mayhem on busy weekend days when the footpaths are packed full with pedestrians.
There is no speed limit when riding on the footpaths, and who would check that anyway, so give way to pedestrians, parents with prams, etc. and ring your bell!
I am all for the City of Fremantle installing good bicycle infrastructure in the right locations and where it makes a difference, but I believe this 30 metre short stretch in Holdsworth Street is a waste of money.
This contra-flow bike path starts on the corner of Henderson Street, runs for about 30 metres and then stops where the car parking bays start and the road becomes two-way. It would take cyclists mere seconds to ride through it and then they end up on the road.
Why was this useless path put there? It is a ridiculous waste of money. It is a path in a street that does not have high volume vehicular traffic and where most people only come to park and go to the courthouse.
The City of Fremantle’s strong support for our city’s bicycle culture has been taken to the next level with Mayor Brad Pettitt announcing today the creation of BIKEMATE, Australia’s first ever bike support group, that is based on the RAC roadside service model. Together with the BUG cyclist group the City will establish a volunteer organisation that will attend to bicycle breakdowns in Freo. It was the idea of bike-mad City Ward Councillor Simon Naber who also created the seacontainer bike parking facility at Paddy Troy Lane.
From the middle of this month when cyclists in the Fremantle area have a flat tyre or other mechanical problems they no longer have to walk home and push their bike. All they need to do from Monday April 11 is call toll-free number 1300 7388488 for one of the volunteers to attend and repair their bike on the spot for just $ 5.00.
The City will sponsor BIKEMATE and pay for the cargo bikes, tools, uniforms, painting of the bikes and the free phone service. The cargo bikes will be ocean blue with the white BIKEMATE logo on either side.
Only a few weeks ago the Freo Mayor tweeted that thanks to the $ 2,2 million investment the City has made in bike infrastructure since 2013, people on bicycles in the port city have increased by 46%.
I believe that BIKEMATE is a really good initiative. I have not heard that this service is offered in any other country in the world, where bicycles are far more prevalent, so well done City of Fremantle for being a leader in bike innovation!
The Bike Music Fest Unchained at Fremantle’s Princess May Park was a bit of a flop when I arrived at 1 pm, but maybe I was just waaaaay too early.
At least I managed to get this very Freo photo that I’ll publish in colour and in B&W.
Lit up bikes will gather at South Beach from 6.30 so have a look and participate in the fun!
I picked up this message on Facebook so thought to share it on my blog as well:
Hi Everyone. We had an Urban Steed hire bike stolen from Lenny the Ox cafe on Wray Avenue in Fremantle today. It is a black step through / mixte frame bike by Vanmoof. They aren’t currently sold in WA so if you see one it’s likely ours. A young guy came inside and grabbed it from the shop as they were closing up. He legged it towards Beaconsfield.
The annual Fremantle TWEED RUN is on again this coming Sunday November 8, so get dressed up in your best heritage clothes, find your old grandma’s bike and join the bicycle procession from South Beach to the North Fremantle Bowling Club, where there will be live music, food and drinks for a fun afternoon.
It all starts at South Beach at 12 noon on Sunday, so plenty of time to go to the Growers Green farmers market before.
New Fremantle company URBAN STEED offers a new bicycle hire/bike share system so that everyone who visits or lives in Fremantle has access to a bike.
The first small ‘test fleet’ is available from the Ootong&Lincoln cafe in South Fremantle, Lenny the Ox in Wray Avenue and the Compendium Design Store in High Street in the West End. You can hire bikes in-store for just $ 15.00.
The Dutch Vanmoof bikes feature aluminium frames, integrated self-charging lights, puncture resistant tyres and fully enclosed drivetrains and internal hub gears. You can find out more on http://www.urbansteed.org
For readers of this Freo’s View blog and Loopy lovers Urban Steed offers a $ 10.00 discount on the first ride if booked on-line. Enter the promo code loopers and explore our harbour city for the price of a coffee.
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