ECU animator creates video of Alkimos bike park proposal for Northern Beaches Cycling Club

Angelina and Chris Howard, of Northern Beaches Cycling Club. Picture: Peter Walpole
Angelina and Chris Howard, of Northern Beaches Cycling Club. Picture: Peter Walpole

AN ECU animator teamed up with Northern Beaches Cycling Club to create a video for the City of Wanneroo’s bike park proposal.

The City’s proposal for the future Alkimos regional centre, endorsed by the council in October, inspired Jake Broadby to create a 3D animation of the cycling facility.

The creative industries graduate offered his skills pro bono to the club to help its advocacy for the facility.

“It gave me the chance to increase my skill in my field and also to work on a cycling-related project,” he said.

“Being a fellow cyclist and knowing the benefits that the circuit will bring to the cycling and broader community has made me proud to be a part of this work.”

Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard with daughter Angelina. Picture: Peter Walpole

Club president Chris Howard recently presented Mr Broadby with honorary membership as a token of thanks for the hours he put into the animation.

“It is hard to convey in a few words what we are trying to achieve,” Dr Howard said.

“While everyone can instantly envisage what ‘footy ovals’ or ‘netball courts’ are, the term ‘bike park’ is usually met with ‘what do you mean?’.”

The animation provides a flyover view of the features of the proposed park, an off-road facility that would cater for a range cycling interests and all abilities.

The proposal includes a kiosk and rider education circuit replicating road conditions and signs for children to learn about road rules.

The video follows a lap of the 1km outer training and racing circuit designed for people to improve fitness or compete in racing events, called criteriums.

“Although not included in stage one of the plans, Jake took some creative licence to demonstrate that the park has the capacity and ‘footprint’ area for a BMX track that could be incorporated in later stages of development,” Dr Howard said.

Mr Broadby’s initiative has also sparked a partnership with ECU, which plans to include the bike park as part of the Bachelor of Design, Games and Interactivity major curriculum.

“Opportunities like this also allow students their first experiences working in their chosen field,” animation coordinator Shane Henderson said.

“The project has not only given Jake a chance to promote his capabilities and skill set to a wider audience but as well as helping the community, he’s produced a wonderful piece of work for his growing portfolio.”

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