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BIKE STOLEN FROM DISABLED WOMAN

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, crime, disability, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018

 

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If you see this bike anywhere in Fremantle or Cockburn please call police immediately!

The custom-made bike belongs to the delightful Danielle Loizou Lake who has a disability and this is her major form of transport, also to get the kids to school and pre-school.

It was stolen from Hamilton Hill last night, so please keep an eye out for it!!!!

Roel Loopers

COLOURFUL FREMANTLE

Posted in bikes, city of fremantle, colour, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2018

 

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There is always another colourful photo to be taken in Fremantle. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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A VERY FREO LUNCH BREAK

Posted in fremantle, lifestyle by freoview on March 9, 2016

Freo-style lunch

 

Lunch on the Fremantle Esplanade.

Roel Loopers/ROEL.COM.AU

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HIRE BIKE STOLEN IN FREO

Posted in bicycles, fremantle by freoview on December 25, 2015

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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.

ROAD USERS TRY TO GET HOME SAFE

Posted in fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on July 26, 2014

bike shadow, tiff imported cars, tiffThe motorist versus cyclist debate on this blog and in the media makes me wonder about society’s tolerance and selfishness. What is the mad rush all about? Are we really so important and under pressure that we can’t accept that pedestrians are slower than cyclists and people on bicycles slower than cars? Does it really matter if we are getting to our travel destination a couple of minutes later? Leaving a wee bit earlier will make up for any loss of time should one get caught behind a mob of the lycra-clad or a person walking the dog.

When one looks at countries where bikes are prevalent and where the different forms of transport peacefully work together, one has to wonder why there is so much aggression and road rage between car drivers and pedal pushers in Australia. One gets the feeling there is a hoon mentality in both groups. Get off the road because I am more important!

It does not stop there because intolerance and lack of care for pedestrians is also common. Hardly ever do I notice a driver or cyclist giving way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, and at least twice a week another car will overtake mine when I stop at a zebra crossing in Fremantle. It is just a matter of luck they have not swept up a pedestrian on the supposedly safe crosswalk and killed someone.

People rush without taking the time to be in the moment. They feel the urge to answer calls, text messages and emails while being in the company of others, and even when driving cars, at speeds that kill people. The me, me, me, what about me, I am more important than you, society is showing blatant disrespect for the lives of other road users, and that needs to stop.

We needs to learn to share the roads better and to be more considerate and aware. It’s not all about you, silly, it’s all about you and me and everyone else getting home safe. Slow down and take your time. It’s not a race!

Roel Loopers

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THE ESSENCE OF FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 26, 2014

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This photo somehow shows the essence of Fremantle; the heritage A and B sheds with the modern-and future heritage-Maritime Museum, the Indian Ocean, Swan river, and a young lady on a bike. All that around sunset pretty much sums up Freo’s lifestyle.

The uniqueness of place, which makes it so attractive to visitors and locals alike should never be underestimated. The brand Fremantle is a very strong one that needs to be nurtured, and can still be improved. I strongly believe that Freo has a very promising future ahead if we all promote the brand, instead of talking our city down.

Roel Loopers

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TOURIST ATTRACTION GONE FROM FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 28, 2014

Does anyone know what happened to those three-wheel motorised bikes tourists used to be able to rent from Phillimore Street? They sounded like lawnmowers, but they were a nice sight around Fremantle. They have disappeared, so maybe this is an opportuity for someone else to offer a simimar tourist service in Freo.

 

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VERY FREO PROMOTION

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 14, 2013

It’s nice to see business owners think outside the square and not add another boring A-frame sign to the Fremantle footpath, that is already cluttered with them in some sections. I really like the cute bike in Essex Street pointing in the direction of the spa, and the basket is filled with brochures that tell people more about what services they offer. It is a very Freo way of promotion.

Roel Loopers

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UNLAWFUL FREO BICYCLE SIGN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 20, 2013

Now, now, City of Fremantle, what is going on? It is not right to encourage people to break the law, but I believe this sign does. It is painted at the end of the contra-flow bicycle lane near the Town Hall at William Street, but it is technically on the footpath that is part of the High Street mall, where it is not permitted to ride one’s bike. This could get cyclists into trouble if they get stopped by police for riding on the footpath. Naughty!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NOTRE DAME STUDENT’S RIDE FOR CHARITY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 21, 2013

A first-year Education student from the Fremantle University of Notre Dame will swap his text books for pedal power in an attempt to ride more than 3400km across the country for charity.

Alexander Watling says he is prepared to tackle some of the most arduous terrain and challenging weather conditions on his 30 day journey from Perth to Melbourne along the southern coast of Australia. Inspired by the cousin of a close friend who is receiving treatment for Neuroblastoma, the third most common type of childhood cancer, Mr Watling is hoping to raise more than $3000 for the Kids Cancer Project – an Australian charity dedicated on finding cures for childhood cancer.

The route he will take begins at Perth’s iconic Bell Tower. From there he will proceed to the Wheatbelt town of Northam, along the Great Eastern Highway to Coolgardie, then further south to Norseman, before heading across the Nullabor. Once arriving at Lucky Bay in South Australia, Mr Watling will catch a ferry across the Spencer Gulf to Adelaide, before completing the final leg to Melbourne’s Federation Square.

In preparation for his departure on 23 June, Mr Watling is riding approximately 60km daily and, at the same time, quelling some of the anxieties he has about the journey ahead.

His mother, who is flying across to Melbourne from the United Kingdom, and friends are expected to greet him at the finish line.

My main motivation for undertaking this ride is to raise money for the Kids Cancer Project that can go towards new research and other programs which could prevent the children of tomorrow from contracting this terrible disease,” Mr Watling said.

I’m lucky enough to have never had to fight a severe disease. However, there are children in the community who may not ever get to live out some of their dreams due to their ongoing battles with illness.

I’ve very excited at the opportunity to experience something totally unique where I can interact with different physical and cultural environments, while raising money for a wonderful charity at the same time.”

 

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