Gosnells gets in early for Bike Week with Bateman to Beckenham Bike and Brekkie Bonanza


Enthusiastic cyclists Shelly Howe (left) with Amelie Craggs (front) and City of Gosnells’ Peta Dunham (right).
Enthusiastic cyclists Shelly Howe (left) with Amelie Craggs (front) and City of Gosnells’ Peta Dunham (right).

EXPECT to see more cyclists on the road over the next few weeks, as Bike Week promotes a healthier lifestyle.

The celebration of two wheels will see a number of fun-filled events around Perth suitable for all ages.

Although Bike Week officially begins on March 17, City of Gosnells is starting early with the Bateman to Beckenham Bike and Brekkie Bonanza on Sunday.

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Gosnells chief executive Ian Dowie said the event should boost cycling numbers after the event.

“Events like this weekend’s Bike and Brekkie Bonanza will boost the number of local residents commuting by bicycle and increase their awareness of cycling infrastructure within the City,” he said.

“It is an affordable activity for people of all ages and abilities, so it’s vital that community events encourage people to be a part of Bike Week and simply enjoy a bike ride with other cyclists in a cycle-friendly setting.”

WestCycle community engagement operations manager Sarah Smith said Bike Week demonstrated bicycles’ usefulness in everyday life.

“It’s a way to celebrate bike riding, particularly as an alternate means to get around,” she said.

“A lot of the events are about showing people how easy it is to ride to the shops or get to work.”

She said Bike Week was important to convince people to give riding a go.

“It can be quite scary for some people and it’s there to help people think about riding,” she said.

About 12, 000 people took part in Bike Week last year, and more than 80 events are planned for this year.