Shire takes out Bikeley Award
The Shire of Ashburton has won an award for holding the best Bike Week activities in regional WA.
The Shire was announced two weeks ago as the winner of the 2016 Bike Week Regional Bikeley Award, given to the regional event program that best celebrates cycling for transport and encourages people to take it up.
Bike Week is run by the Department of Transport and WestCycle and was held on March 12-20 this year.
Each Shire of Ashburton town held Bike Week events this year to promote the environmental and health benefits as well as the fun of bike-riding.
Community members got involved in bike safety and maintenance checks, speed trials, police-escorted bikes rides through town, ride-toschool sessions and even a Bling Your Bike competition.
Shire president Kerry White said cycling was popular in Ashburton towns and enthusiasts had enjoyed further promoting it. “The Shire is proud to be the recipient of this year’s award and to play a role in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle,” she said.
“Bike Week was a great success in reinforcing safety awareness and igniting enthusiasm for using your bike to get around town.”
The activity programs were run in partnership with Rio Tinto.
Rio Tinto West Angelas and Robe Valley general manager Bhuvanesh Malhotra said he was especially proud of the safety focus many of the Shire Bike Week activities shared.
“It’s great to see the Shire of Ashburton awarded for this program,” he said.
“They encouraged bike and road safety through some engaging and interesting workshops and presentations. Safety is integral to our business and it’s great local children are learning the importance of safety in everything they do, and the need to look out for each other, especially when out riding their bikes and near roads.”
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