Shire takes out Bike­ley Award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

Pan­na­won­ica po­lice Con­sta­ble Ryan Thomas judges the Bling Your Bike com­pe­ti­tion at Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary school.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

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