Inside WestCycle -December 2016

Can you believe it’s Christmas week? Neither can we, where has the time gone? Well as usual we are very busy here at WestCycle but it seems to be all good news, with the opening of WA’s first Bike Boulevard, new campsites in the Wellington National Park, our intern program and the Australian MTB Summit.

The wait is over! WA’s first Bike Boulevard is open. Shakespeare Street in Mt Hawthorn has been transformed for the benefit of the local community. The Bike Boulevard has lower speed limits and gives priority to cyclists. This aims to encourage people to ride short distances instead of driving by creating safer and simpler routes to ride. The Boulevard is for the everyday cyclists, riding to schools, train stations or shops. This is the first of many with 2 more about to commence construction and 7 more in the planning stage. It’s great to see an investment in cycling!

We have more fantastic news for the Munda Biddi riders, there has been 60 new campsites opened at Potters Gorge in Wellington National Park. This was part of a $2.8 million upgrade that aims to boost tourism to this beautiful region. Each of the campsites have their own fire ring and picnic table, other improvements include new toilets and camp kitchen. There has even been a mountain bike pump track created in the campground. So if you are looking for holiday ideas, take the kids for an off-road trail and check out the new campsites.

Recently we had our first WestCycle intern to join our team. Kate Davies has been with us for just under two months and is in her final year of Marketing and Public Relations at Notre Dame. We asked Kate about what she has gained in her time at WestCycle

I have learnt so much in my time at WestCycle, finally getting the chance to put everything I have learnt into practice has been a challenging yet rewarding experience, it really helps make sense of everything I have learnt over the years at uni. I have really enjoyed learning more about the cycling community and what WestCycle does as the peak body for cycling in WA. Before I started at WestCycle I didn’t really understand what WestCycle does, I thought it was for competitive cyclists but now I see that they are here for all riders, and raise the profile of bike riding as WA’s cycling culture continues to thrive be inclusive of all types of riders.” 

Kate will continue at WestCycle until March next year and hopes to learn as much as possible before graduating in the middle of next year.

I also caught up with Peta Demidenko our Mountain Bike Manager here at WestCycle to talk about her recent trip to the Australian MTB Summit in Mt Buller.

“The major take home from the Australian MTB Summit is that all states want mountain bike destinations. But to do that we all need systems and processes. WA is being seen as an industry leader in the development of strategic master planning. We may not have the massive trail networks on the ground just yet, but we have the strategies, frameworks and working relationships across the state including both private and public sectors to make this a reality.” Said Peta.

That’s it from us here at WestCycle. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Happy Riding.

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO

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