Saving Planet A - by bike

Jillian Woolmer
City of Cockburn

A number of staff attended the Changing Your World Conference in March, just before the Covid Lockdown. Changing the way we travel was my focus at the conference. I did not expect to see the huge travel behaviour changes that occurred just weeks later, when people were working from home and walking and riding increased. The difference in my community with less cars on the roads was wonderful as I saw people on the streets instead of rushing past in cars. More people riding can help save Planet A by bike.

Over 5 years ago I worked in the BikeWest team at the Department of Transport and played the role of 'Sally Smart' at the Astor Theatre and actually had my own big bunch of black balloons (just like Craig Reucassel). As part of the show, I had to burst them periodically to symbolise that I was reducing my carbon footprint while Penny Wong and other VIPs from state and local govt came past and looked in the various sections of the house to see how we were making changes to our behaviour. It was a complex performance with actors and Dept of Transport staff working together to raise awareness of changes you could make as part of the Living Smart program.

Saving Planet A is something I have been working on for many years. We can all make a difference. We have over 400 people in our Cockburn Bicycle User Group now. Most are riding more than they have previously and are helping to change the culture and Save Planet A by bike.

I have been working on many grant applications to improve the long term cycle network in the City of Cockburn. With both behaviour change and more separated cycling infrastructure, Cockburn is slowly changing into Cockburnhagen and saving Planet A by bike.

Staff at the City of Cockburn from various areas worked together to encourage as many people as possible to join us in the challenge to fight for Planet A.

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James (Your Move)

Hi Jillian - thanks for your run down on what you and City of Cockburn have been doing in the fight for 'Planet A' - it has earned you 100 points. Also, I looked back through our records and I see that Cockburn hasn't previously received points for setting up a B.U.G - so you also received 25 points for that! When you get a chance, I'd love to see those 'Bike Cockburnhagen' t-shirts (it just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?).

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