City of Melville rolls out Bike Week programs

Mt Pleasant resident Evan Biggs and City of Melville travel smart officer Leon Ebbelaar. Picture: Jon Hewson
Mt Pleasant resident Evan Biggs and City of Melville travel smart officer Leon Ebbelaar. Picture: Jon Hewson

PEOPLE will get the chance to get moving during Bike Week, with programs running around the City of Melville.

Three programs will run during the week with one of them running into April.

Mt Pleasant resident and Melville Bike User group member Evan Biggs (83) said he loved riding and had no plans to stop anytime soon.

“It’s an easy way to keep fit, if you’re feeling tired just go a bit slower,” he said.

“It’s just the case of a very brief refresher course to give you the confidence to get back on the bike, and with so many cycle paths you don’t need to go on the road.

“I am not a racer, the bike’s only half my age and we seem to get along together.”

Part-funded and supported by the Department of Transport and West Cycle, participants in the programs will be able to brush up on the basics, hand-signalling, dismounting and safe riding skills, know what to do if ever faced with a flat tyre, attend a maintenance course or learn how to lead a group social ride, all the while making new friends and forming connections with fellow bike riders in the community.

Participants have the option of attending the refresher course without owning their own bike, to assist those who are currently looking at purchasing their own bike to learn important key safety information and get a feel for riding first.

BIKE WEEK EVENTS

Back on your Bike at Blue Gum Community Centre, 9am-11am, March 16 and 23.

Community Ride Program at Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, 6pm-8pm, March 18 and 25 and April 1.

Bike Maintenance Workshop at Mt Henry Bridge Reserve, 9am to 12pm, March 17.