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SOUTH MOLE START FOR FREMANTLE TO SYDNEY BIKE RACE

Posted in bicycles, bikes, city of fremantle, fitness, fremantle ports, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2019

 

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It was very busy with cyclists on the Fremantle South Mole this Saturday morning at 6am when around one hundred bike riders came to farewell the 25 mad ones who started a race to Sydney via Melbourne.

Good luck and have a safe ride, and all come home in one piece!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CYCLIST SURVEY

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is asking cyclists about their experiences riding around Freo as part of a review of the City’s bike plan.

The City of Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan was adopted in 2014 with the goal of doubling the number of bike trips in Fremantle by 2018 by providing better cycling infrastructure, reducing the barriers to cycling and encouraging more people to ride a bike.

Since 2013 the City of Fremantle has installed 2.3km of on-road bike lanes and 1km of new bike paths, upgraded six key intersections with bike head-start facilities and rolled out Bicycle Awareness Zones over 6km of local and city centre roads.

The City has also upgraded more than 2km of path along popular coastal routes, installed more than 160 bike parking bays and added green bike lane treatments at intersections along four major roads.

Cyclists can provide their feedback on Fremantle bike network by completing a survey on the City’s My Say Freo website.

They can also map their regular routes and good bike spaces, highlight problem areas and share ideas on an interactive map.

The survey is open until 9 October, with a new bike plan expected to be presented to the council for endorsement early next year.

For more information visit the Bike Plan Review on My Say Freo.

SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CHANGES AT COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2017

 

Fremantle Council will this coming Wednesday discus the plans for traffic calming, pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along South Terrace in South Fremantle, after lengthy community consultation.

The local community told the City of Fremantle that:
* 72.6% of people support the proposed changes, with 53.8% indicating they ‘strongly support’ the changes and a further 18.8% supportive of ‘most changes’.

* The proposal to improve the streetscape was the most supported change, with over 90% of respondents answering positively to the proposed new paving, street furniture, trees and planting.

* The proposal to reduce the carriageway to a trafficable width of 7 metres is the least supported change. While 58.2 % of people support narrowing the road to make it easier for people to cross the street safely, 22.2 % felt this would create more dangerous conditions for cyclists.

* The need for South Terrace to be calmed from South Street to Douro Road was mentioned by numerous people, along with the need to protect the interests of people living in the side streets.

* A plan for the area bounded by South Street, Douro Road, Marine Terrace and Hampton Road was suggested, following concerns that the proposed treatment at Little Lefroy and South Terrace will create traffic problems elsewhere.

* The need for a cycle lane on South Terrace between South Street and Douro Road was frequently mentioned, along with a desire to see similar treatments implemented at other nodes in this section.

If you did not have your say you can still address Council this Wednesday at 6pm!

Roel Loopers

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FREO RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST

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

 

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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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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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SUNDAY FUN IN FREO TODAY!

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

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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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FREMANTLE RIDE TO WORK DAY

Posted in cycling, fremantle by freoview on October 11, 2015

Bicycles to Take Over South Tce on Wednesday – Ride to Work Day

Join a ‘Bike Bus’ group to lead to you to a free breakfast at Pioneer Park, near Fremantle Railway Station.Bike Bus’s will be riding along South Terrace on Ride to Work day this year to promote bicycle awareness in Fremantle.

A Bike Bus, consists of a group of cyclists riding together, on a set route, with the aim to make the journey a more interesting, safer, more visible and sociable experience.

The event is being organized by the Fremantle Bicycle Users Group (BUG), a community based, volunteer group who advocate on behalf of people who ride bicycles in and around the Fremantle Area.

A bike bus will be departing from South Beach Cycles/Third Wheel Café at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00am on Wednesday 14 October and arriving at the City of Fremantle’s Ride to Work breakfast in Pioneer Park.

All cyclists are welcome to join the ride, including regular riders to support others.

Visit facebook.com/bikefreo for more information on the bike bus or Freo BUG. Contact Fremantle.bug@gmail.com

POPULATION GROWTH A BIG CHALLENGE FOR US ALL

Posted in fremantle, housing, planning by freoview on October 8, 2015

A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies-ACOLA tells us a lot what we already know but is important to remind us all about it time and time again.

The ACOLA reports says that by the middle of next century the population will be double in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and that the cost of urban congestion will increase four-fold in the next 20 years to $ 53 billion by 2031.

We all know and understand that urban sprawl is the major factor in this, so ACOLA recommends to reduce and avoid the need to travel through creating economic hubs so people live close near where they work, and to shift to environmentally friendly transport; public, bikes, walking, and improve energy efficiency; electric cars.

The recommendation I like best, and wonder why it is not happening already, is to get all three levels of government, Federal, State and Local to actually coordinate planning.

ACOLA also suggest to establish a planning philosophy where the need for mobility is reduced and the aim of good health and sustainability advanced.

It all makes sense but how do we get the Great Australian Dream of a big house and garden out of the Australian culture?

The W.A. State Government is not exactly rushing to create so called satellite cities around the Perth metro area and move large departments to places like Fremantle, and neither are big businesses keen to move away from their highrise palaces in Perth and West Perth.

One option would be for Landcorp to release less land for single housing and insist on higher density new suburbs, and urban infill needs to increase faster than at the present rate and that is a challenge for local governments as residents are reluctant to embrace it.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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