Bike Month 2020 Wrap Up

Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

It’s been a weird year. We don’t have to tell anyone that! Here at City of Fremantle, we’ve experienced stress and anxiety as well as overwhelming community connection and compassion. Recreational cycling has exploded, public transport use has reduced, and car travel dropped, then increased as restrictions lifted.

Our COVID-19 cycling survey revealed interesting feedback with people finding the commute ride during restrictions eerie and quiet and comments the bike paths were becoming too congested (a good problem to have) as more people were getting out and about on their bikes.

Our Bike Month activities were more subdued this year due to the pandemic and with extraordinary efforts going to our community connect projects with library outreach, and our dedicated team running the Neighbour to Neighbour program, connecting and supporting people in the community.

Nevertheless, this year for Bike Month we reached out to over 150 people with the Freo Scavenger Hunt, kids balance bike clinic, bike maintenance workshop, Ride2Work breakfast with Fremantle Hospital and the Confidence kids bike riding clinic. We also re-ignited the Thursday staff lunch ride to South Beach with people from across the organisation as well as our Senior Landscape Architect Jenny committed to ride 550 km to raise funds to combat kids cancer (she has reached over 600km mark).

Looking forward to a fully amped 2021 Bike Week!

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for sharing your reflection on the past month Gavin. It is clear that Freo has fully embraced Bike Month 2020! Your reflection has earned you 10 points, plus you also got another 40 points for getting your staff lunch ride up and rolling again. BTW I love the new idea of measuring distances relative to the length of a bicycle!

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