Launch of Newcastle Bikefest

Today I attended the launch of Newcastle Bikefest on our gorgeous harbour. Apart from being a great location for an event such as this on a day like today (warmer weather at last), it held many insights for me.

I was inspired to meet a lady who is vision impaired, Kylie, who rode there as stoker on a tandem with Peter Lee, Newcastle Cycleways Movement president, as captain.

Peter, third from the right in the top photo, wearing blue and yellow, is doing a great job of encouraging vision impaired people to get onto tandems.

I was also intrigued by the statistic, given by Tony Thirlwell of the National Heart Foundation, that the greatest uptake of cycling in Australia at the moment is by the 35 to 45 age group. He also emphasised that women are slower on the uptake of cycling than men and that this needs to be addressed in campaigns promoting cycling …

Our soon-to-retire mayor John Tate talked of the implementation of the Newcastle Cycling Strategy to take place over the next 5 years, and I was also delighted to talk to Brooke Cousins, a co-organiser of the Festival, who told me that when I first met her I inspired her to ride her bike more often and now she rarely uses her car!

Bernie Hockings is the creator-and-organiser of Bikefest, which I am sure will be a great boon for cycling in Newcastle …

With the dazzling display of bikes there, great coffee and pastries for breakfast, it was a huge success and will hopefully generate a large  amount of interest in the upcoming Bikefest. A few of the varied bikes and their riders there today ….

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One Response to Launch of Newcastle Bikefest

  1. petermc says:

    I’m off on the 7th – I hope to be there !

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