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FREE D LOCKS FOR FREMANTLE CYCLISTS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team will be giving out free D-locks in an effort to reduce bike theft. The campaign will be launched at a Bike Theft Awareness Day at Kings Square this Friday 25 February, starting at 10am.

The ‘Lock down on bike theft’ campaign will focus on Fremantle’s city centre and run from February through to April.

It is a collaboration between Fremantle Police and the City of Fremantle, with the Public Transport Authority rolling out a similar initiative at Fremantle Train Station during February.

 

D-locks have been proven to be quite robust and they can only be removed using a cutting device or saw whereas a standard bike cable can be cut within 10 or 15 seconds using a standard cutting device.

The Community Safety Team has about 200 D-locks to give out to the public over the next two to three months.

 

Fremantle residents will be able to collect a free D-lock, have their bikes engraved and learn some handy tips about where to park their bikes and lock them properly.

The free D-locks are available to Fremantle residents only and are limited to one per person until stocks run out.

Roel Loopers

INFLATABLE BIKE HELMET PERFECT FREO CHRISTMAS GIFT

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

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The perfect Freo gift for Christmas must be the inflatable bicycle helmet that does not wreck one’s hair.

I am pretty cynical about laws that forces motorists to have at least one-metre distance from cyclists, to protect their safety, when very many of them don’t care much about their own safety and refuse to wear helmets, and wear dark clothes at night riding unlit bikes.

The onus for cyclists’ safety should not be on motorists only!

Have a safe Christmas on your bike and wear a helmet please!

Roel Loopers

 

FREO RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

Ride to work Oct 18

 

Tomorrow, Wednesday October 18 is RIDE TO WORK DAY, so come and enjoy free breakfast at Fremantle’s Pioneer Park, opposite the Railway Station, between 7 am and 9am.

Everyone is welcome, so let’s hope the weather will improve.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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FREMANTLE GENERATIONS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2017

 

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generations 2

 

In between showers yesterday it was quite pleasant in Fremantle and father and son took advantage of it, feeding the seagulls in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It something the traders there don’t like, hence the signs, Don’t feed the seagulls or they’ll S.O.Y (Shit On You).

Walking around town I noticed these three generations of bicycles parked at Phillimore Street and thought they looked cute.

Roel Loopers

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HOW VERY FREO!

Posted in bicycles, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2017

 

Very Freo

The Indian Ocean at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach, friends meeting for a chat while riding their bike, sunshine, and sailing on the ocean. It’s all very Freo hey!

Roel Loopers

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YUMMY BREAKY AT FREO RIDE TO WORK

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, environment, health by freoview on October 12, 2016

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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.

Roel Loopers

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FREE RIDE TO WORK BREAKY AT KINGS SQUARE

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, community, cycling by freoview on October 11, 2016

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.

Roel Loopers

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RIDING ON FOOTPATH LEGALISED

Posted in bicycles, fremantle, western australia by freoview on April 26, 2016

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!

Roel Loopers

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USELESS BICYCLE PATH WASTE OF MONEY

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2016

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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.

Roel Loopers

FREO BIKEMATE ROADSIDE SERVICE

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on April 1, 2016
This style of bike will be used and has repair and first aid kits aboard.

This style of bike will be used and has repair and first aid kits aboard.

 

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!

Roel Loopers

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