Over 60 people attended our Bicycle Treasure Hunt in Guildford on Sunday to celebrate Cycle Instead Bikeweek. We hope everyone had a fun time riding around Guildford, and that it will inspire people to ride more often, especially to school and for shorts trips around the place.
Congratulations to the winning Adult team ‘Next Stop Paris’, the family category winners ‘Chokoz’ and the ‘Black Swans’, who took out the best decorated bikes award for dressing up as pirates.
Following the event, participants enjoyed yummy refreshments, including buns provided by the Guildford Bakery. Thanks!
Bikeweek is running until Sunday the 24th of March. To find another free bike event visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/bikeweek
Transition Town Guildford acknowledge the support of this event by the Department of Transport as part of Cycle Instead Bikeweek 2013.
Our hands on bike maintenance workshop the other week was a big success. Thirty four people filled the Guildford Primary School gymnasium to hear from cycling enthusiast Mike Norman on keeping your bike in good shape.
Mike covered the ABCD of bike maintenance, 90% of which you can do at home with only a few simple tools. Here’s a few things I picked up.
‘A’ stands for Air: Check your tyre pressure (it’s written on the side of the tyre). Make sure you have a set of tyre levers, a spare and a hand pump if you’re planning on riding a long way from home! Watch out for the introduced weed, Calthrop, the spines of which can cause punctures.
‘B’ stands for Brakes: Check both your brakes are working and ‘pinching’ together. You’ll need a set of allen keys to adjust the tension.
‘C’ stands for Chain: The most moving parts on the bike are in the chain. Make sure it’s clean, and it will save you a lot of work! Use an old paint brush or toothbrush to remove sand and crud from your chain. Pinch off built up stuff on your gears, including jockey wheels (the little ones that guide the chain). Then run the chain through a rag with a little degreaser (don’t spill onto your wheel bearings). Dry and remove excess from chain and apply bike chain lubricant. Wipe off excess.
‘D’ stands for D-lock: Make sure you have a good lock on your bike.
For those with smart phones, there are several apps which take you through all these things and more. Check out Bike Doctor or Bicycle Maintenance 101
The Greens have released a detailed vision for safe cycling in Perth. The plan would develop 6600 km of separate bike lanes and path covering over 50% of Perth by the year 2029!
The vision includes:
- a total of 300 km of Principal Shared Paths – bike freeways that are not shared with pedestrians
- a total of 2000 km of local bike routes – well-marked, safe ‘bike boulevards’ on our local streets
- a new network of 1800 km of safe routes to every school, railway station and employment hub
- a new network of 2000 km protected Crosstown Bike Paths – that enable cyclists to travel anywhere to anywhere in Perth
- a new network of 120 km of Greenways linking to urban bushland, wetlands and recreational areas
The plan would be funded by just 3% of the annual State Transport budget ($64 million), plus contributions from the Federal and local governments.
To read more about the bike plan visit The Greens 2029 Perth Bike Plan, to help support the plan visit here.