Asthma Foundation To Gain From Bikeweek 2011

Asthma Foundation To Gain From Bikeweek 2011

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

WA Gears Up For Bikeweek 2011

Victor P Taffa

Bikeweek, the State’s annual celebration of recreational and commuter cycling, starts today, with more than 100 cycling activities to be held across Western Australia in the next eight days.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said he was looking forward to his role as ambassador for Bikeweek’s launch event, the HBF Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma, and participating in the annual Members of Parliament and Mayors’ Bike Ride.

“The HBF Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma is WA’s biggest single day cycling event and one of the major cycling events in Australia.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Last year, more than 8,500 people participated and it’s expected even more cyclists will take to the freeway tomorrow to ride 10, 30 or 60 km to raise funds for the Asthma Foundation.”

 

“Bikeweek events will be held all across the State ranging from bike-to-work rides, family activities, bike skills sessions, film screenings and bike swap meets. I strongly encourage all West Australians to get involved.”

“Cycling is an important component of the transport mix and Bikeweek is the perfect time for riders of all levels to get involved and experience the health, economic and recreational benefits bike riding offers.” Mr. Buswell said.

On Tuesday, March 22, the Minister will join about 40 participants in the 17th Members of Parliament and Mayors’ Bike Ride, which will start at State Parliament and finish at the Town of Victoria Park.

Mr. Buswell encouraged students to participate in Cycle to School Day on Wednesday, March 23.

“Teaching children and their parents to develop positive attitudes and skills towards active travel is important to the State Government and we recently released the Choose Active Transport initiative in schools across the WA.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Bikeweek is a great opportunity to embrace cycling for transport and recreation and make the most of the State’s growing bicycle network with an interconnected web of shared paths and on-road cycling facilities where families and individuals can ride in safety.”

Bikeweek is organised by the Department of Transport’s Bikewest branch and supported by community groups and local governments.