WestCycle has worked closely with numerous agencies with the aim to create a platform for building strong, ongoing relationships with Western Australian schools in order to achieve our goal of seeing more people on bikes more often. Through this consultative process, incorporating input from The Department of Transport, The Department of Education, The Road Safety Commission, Catholic Education WA, bike industry experts and more, WestCycle has developed resources and services aimed at promoting healthy, safe and active lifestyles in schools and the wider community.
The Bike Friendly Schools initiative outlines how schools can work towards creating a culture of active transport within their community that promotes safety, fun and education.
Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling
A key part of developing a strong platform for school development begins with the teachers. WestCycle have developed the Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling (Code:TAC101) that provides teachers with the knowledge and skills to be deemed compliant when conducting bike riding activities, both on and off school grounds, across the disciplines of road cycling and mountain biking in low to moderate competency environments.
The course covers important aspects of session delivery and planning including risk management, student capabilities, skills and lesson planning.
The Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling has been approved by the Western Australian Department of Education and is listed as an approved compliance course within the Recreation and Outdoor Education Activities for Public School Procedures document.
WestCycle’s aim to increase participation in bike riding relies heavily on passionate teachers promoting bike riding at the school level. By joining the Teacher’s Network teachers will have access to other like-minded, bike focused teachers with which to share ideas, content and resources to continue developing in their delivery.
Networking events that allow teachers to meet and discuss strategies, curriculum and positive practice will be held 3 times a year; organised, promoted and facilitated by WestCycle. This event will provide teachers with a forum in which to exchange ideas and WestCycle will also deliver bike related content aimed at building teacher capacity.
Along with the networking events, WestCycle will provide ongoing support to teachers in the form of a term by term newsletter highlighting community events and handy tips for bike riding. Teachers are also able to contact WestCycle should that have any questions relating to bike riding at a school level.
WestCycle has produced informative and comprehensive educational resources that align with the Western Australian Curriculum. Covering multiple subject areas from HASS to Health, the resources empower students to explore topics inclusive of however not limited to; the positive health outcomes of active transport, community awareness and involvement, difference of opinion and access to services. The resources have been produced by an accomplished, lead teacher and include the following: – Sequential Teaching and Learning Plans – Resources specific to the topic that utilise a range of instructional strategies; and – Culmination projects/tasks that allow for students to demonstrate assessable understanding.
WestCycle has partnered with various parent organisations and P&C’s with the look to deliver engaging, fun and informative community activities. Ranging from bike and bbq days to parent’s maintenance workshops, the aim is to increase engagement and allow for skills to be learnt in a social setting involving students, parents and teachers, or all 3 groups at once.
The WestCycle Bike Friendly Schools program is an initiative that aims to create active transport oriented schools in Western Australia. Delivering a range of opportunities from teacher training to information sessions, the program looks to provide schools with the tools to shift their culture towards being one that promotes healthy and assertive practices through active transport.
WestCycle has partnered with Your Move to provide services and products that can be accessed as a reward for schools that continue to promote active transport in their community.
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Elected Director – Off Road
Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.
Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.
Chair - Governance and Risk Committee
Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.
In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.
Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.
She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.
Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).