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CYCLE SCHOOL TODAY TO GIVE KIDS MORE CONFIDENCE

Posted in bicycles, bikes, children, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2019

 

Bike Week program

BIKE WEEK is still on in Fremantle and today from 3.30-5.30pm the Cycle School at the Hilton PCYC will teach kids between 6-10 years how to improve their riding skilss and road awareness.

It is a free event, so hop on your bikes!

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SUBTLE FREO ROAD SIGNS

Posted in fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on November 19, 2016

subtle-signs

 

Cute subtle shared road signs in Wesley Street, South Fremantle.

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BLESSING OF THE (APRIL) FOOLS

Posted in april fools, community, fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2016

 

Okay you delightfully gullible (April) fools, April Fools is over and I got quite a few of you.

Most of you did not believe that our Mayor Brad Pettitt would be the Liberal party candidate at the Federal election, but many more of you believe that the City is seriously considering making High Street west a pedestrian mall, and I am surprised there was so little protest.

Most of you did not pick up that the BIKEMATE was also an April Fools. I thought if I post three white lies I’ll confuse you, and it worked. One needs a slightly mad and creative brain to come up with this stuff, but hey, I am known for being Loopy. ; >)

I had fun and I hope you had as well.

Here some photos of the Blessing of the Fools at St John’s Church at Kings Square. They told me they also had a Catholic blessing at the Notre Dame University chapel.

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

SHOW COMMON SENSE ON THE ROADS OVER EASTER

Posted in fremantle, roads, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 24, 2016

There is a long weekend coming up again and no doubt more people will die on Western Australia’s roads, and no doubt politicians will blame police and police the government.

Since I arrived in WA in 1984 I have been aware that very many drivers here are not very good and not very considerate and that far too many have no sense of awareness and anticipation. They would not last half an hour on a German Autobahn.

The problem on our roads is not with the police or government or lack of signage, but with inconsiderate motorists who drink and drive, exceed the speed limits and basically don’t care a bit about other road users. They sit in their little castles on wheels, like kings who care little about those peasants who share the roads with them and are just a nuisance that stop them driving from A to B very fast and in the most reckless way.

When did WA allow people to drive cars without knowing the road rules? When did using indicators go out of fashion and when were speed limits just something that made you go faster instead of slowing down?

I drive my car every day and have near misses at least twice a week with people who ignore road rules. They speed through roundabouts and orange and red traffic lights, they ignore stop signs and have no idea how to merge, or they do but don’t care because it is more important to get one car space ahead in the traffic jam.

On Fremantle social media people complain how unfair it is that they have received speeding fines and lament the 50kmh limit is not signed and that it is all about revenue raising. It should not have to be signed because the road rules are clear, so learn the rules or get off the road and out of your car, because not knowing the rules makes you a danger on our roads and you’ll kill other people!

I know many people who drink and drive at least once a week and who believe there is nothing wrong with it, and I witness the aggression on the road daily with people yelling and screaming in outrage with pumping fists because someone sticks to the speed limit.

In WA it is a sport to make sure one gets ahead of the car in front when lanes merge, and no one gives a XXXX about giving way to pedestrians when they round a corner with their car.

The photo-mad egotistic selfie society turns into a selfish society when people get into their car. It’s all about me and I don’t care if that endangers other motorists, cyclists, bike riders or pedestrians

Why are we in such a mad hurry, why do we need to communicate every second of the day and can’t wait to read text messages till we have reached the end of our road trip? Why do we take unacceptable risks and don’t think about the consequences. What is wrong with us?!

It’s double demerit points, so use your brain and common sense and show some consideration on the roads this Easter weekend!

Roel Loopers

BIKE REPAIR STATION AT FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle by freoview on March 18, 2016

 

The City of Fremantle has installed a bicycle repair station at Kings Square with tools dangling from a blue post that also contains a foot pump to put air in tyres.

Roel Loopers

VERY FREO BIKE MUSIC

Posted in bicycles, fremantle, music, photography by freoview on March 12, 2016

the Freo way

Freo music

 

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!

Roel Loopers

A VERY HOT AND PRETTY COOL FREMANTLE WEEKEND

Posted in festivals, fremantle by freoview on March 12, 2016

There is absolutely no reason to be bored in Fremantle this week as there is plenty on to just watch or join in. And if that is all too much and you don’t like crowds, why not have a look at some exhibitions in town. Anya Brock at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street, Aboriginal art at Japingka Gallery in High Street, stunning underwater photography at the Glen Cowans Gallery at the Roundhouse and great landscapes at the Adam Monk photo gallery in High Street, and have a look at the exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre as well.

On Saturday the all weekend CHILLI FESTIVAL starts on the Esplanade, and there is also the BIKE MUSIC FEST UNCHAINED at Princess May Park next to Clancys from 1 pm. Another bike event is that night at South Beach where LIGHT ME UP BIKES will visit the international food market from 6.30 pm.

The traditional yearly BROOME TO BICTON free concert with the Pigram Brothers is on in Quarantine Park near the Bicton Bath from 5.30 pm on Saturday as well.

On Sunday the gorgeous GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET is on from 8 am till midday, the SUNDAY BBQ session at J Shed is on from midday till 9 pm, the free courtyard Sunday concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre is from 2-4 pm with the VILLAGE VIBES, and at STRANGE COMPANY free music is on from 4-6 pm, while at Clancys they’ll start the March CRUCIAL ROCKERS free concerts from 7 pm. And the Zydecats are at the Workers Club at Fremantle Oval from 6-9 pm.

Roel Loopers

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MASSIVE FREMANTLE FUN WEEKEND AHEAD!

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

Broom to Bicton on March 12

 

I thought I’d better give you all well-advanced notice of a huge fun Freo weekend ahead so you can plan accordingly.

Friday we have the BIG FREMANTLE SHAVE at the Ball&Chain bar from 5.30 pm and the opening of ANYA BROCK’s exhibitions at PS ART SPACE from 6.30 pm.

On Saturday the all weekend CHILLI FESTIVAL starts on the Esplanade, and there is also the BIKE MUSIC FEST UNCHAINED at Princess May Park next to Clancys from 1 pm. Another bike event is that night at South Beach where LIGHT ME UP BIKES will visit the international food market from 6.30 pm.

The traditional yearly BROOME TO BICTON free concert with the Pigram Brothers is on in Quarantine Park near the Bicton Bath from 5.30 pm on Saturday as well.

On Sunday the gorgeous GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET is on from 8 am till midday, the SUNDAY BBQ session at J Shed is on from midday till 9 pm, the free courtyard Sunday concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre is from 2-4 pm with the VILLAGE VIBES, and at STRANGE COMPANY free music is on from 4-6 pm, while  at Clancys they’ll start the March CRUCIAL ROCKERS free concerts from 7 pm.

What a choice hey. Freo is a great place to have fun. Take part and enjoy it!

Roel Loopers

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SUNDAY FUN IN FREO TODAY!

Posted in fremantle, lifestyle by freoview on November 8, 2015

Tweed Run

FAC concert 1

It looks like yet another perfect Sunday for Fremantle so make it a day full of fun and very Freo community spirit.

The yummy Growers Green farmers market is on from 8 till midday, then off to South Beach where the Tweed Run will start and do a procession through town to the North Fremantle Bowling Club where there will be entertainment, food and the bar. Bring your bike, dress up in old-fashioned clothes and take part.

From 2-4 pm the Fremantle Arts Centre celebrates the WA Music Festival  with a Freo mini-fest! FAC will host local acts The Love Junkies, Kucka, Felicity Groom, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics and The Weapon is Sound, with DJ sets by Craig Hollywood and Holly Doll.

Roel Loopers

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