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Bikes to the rescue

Dismantle is a not-for-profit Perth-based organisation, and a member of WestCycle, that works with at-risk youth in WA. They use bike mechanics to engage, mentor and connect them with a positive future. The BikeRescue program uses hands on activities and the restoration of bikes to boost the self-esteem of at-risk youth and equip them with tangible life skills.

The organisation is also the latest recipient of the Jetstar Flying Start Grant. They were awarded $30,000, which is split between $15,000 cash and $15,000 in flights. Dismantle currently takes in 250 participants to the program a year and now with the support from the grant will be able to provide services by licensing self-sustained partners in regional Western Australia to deliver the program.

Check out the Bike Rescue Project enjoying some time on the trails.

Some footage of one of our bike treks this week – BikeRescue participants putting our Mentors' fitness to the test.This is part of a program where we camp overnight at Fairbridge Village, after doing a day trip on the Munda Biddi Trail in Pinjarra. Mountain biking is a great way to get to know each other at the start of a program – only one way to go to get to lunch.Big thanks to The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation for taking care of the trails!

Posted by Dismantle on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

MTB Update

As always there is a lot going on in mountain biking in Western Australia. We have good news for all the MTB fans out there with a coaching conference and a women’s only maintenance clinics coming up in June and July.

The MTB Coaching Conference will be held on Thursday 29th June 2017,  5.30-8.30pm. Spend the evening hearing from experienced coaches and experts within the mountain bike and cycling industry. This event provides a unique opportunity to network, learn and discuss all things MTB. Register HERE

Great news for the MTB biking women of WA, we will be hosting two free woman’s only Mountain Bike Maintenance Workshop in June and July 2017. The first Session- Bike Maintenance is on the 17th June 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm and second session- Out on the trail is on the 8th July 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. These sessions will be a friendly and informal workshop for women to share and develop their knowledge and skills. We are investigating recording the session for those who can’t make it. Register HERE

SpeedDome update

The Perth SpeedDome redevelopment is in full swing, and the pictures speak for themselves.

Track Cycling WA recently opened the facility to the public to view the progress of the new surface laying and provided the opportunity to pick up some of the old timber to be recycled into table tops and souvenirs, a great initiative and a nice piece of history.

Bike Plans

WA’s local communities are busy working on their bike plans, and they want your feedback.

The City of South Perth invite you to contribute your ideas, report issues and suggest improvements for the joint bike plan they are developing with the Town of Victoria Park. MORE 

The City of Subiaco are seeking feedback to assist in developing their plans. How would you like to see the cycling infrastructure change? MORE 

Focus on wayfinding: Your Move Forum

Our Marketing Assistant Kate Davies attended the Your Move Forum last week. The forum aims to support active transport by helping people to navigate their way around Perth. Wayfinding helps us find our way, learn about our environment and encourage positive behaviour when utilising active transport. The forum included a wayfinding walking tour and a panel discussion with Eden Shepherd, the Principal Urban Designer at Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority; Ben Hames, the Design Director at Axiom Design Partner and Darryl Butler, the Owner and Director of Total Print and Signs.

Kate told me about her experience:

“The Wayfinding forum was a great experience, I learnt a lot about designing spaces to encourage people to use active transport. We started by participating in wayfinding around Elizabeth Quay followed a forum where we heard from the industry leaders Eden Shepard, Ben Hames and Darryl Bulter on the best ways to encourage active transport. I look forward to putting these lessons into action at WestCycle.”

Until next month, happy riding!

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO