Pedal power movie night just the ticket

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - East Victoria Park -

PED­ALS will power the screen­ing of Aussie clas­sic BMX Ban­dits dur­ing a fun, free Bike­week event at Read Park on Satur­day - but if you want to see a circa 1983 Ni­cole Kid­man come to life on the big screen, vol­lies will need to put their foot to the metal.

The Vic­to­ria Park Tran­si­tion Net­work and Vic Park Col­lec­tive struck on the in­ven­tion of med­i­cal physi­cist and science nut Jonathon Th­waites who has cre­ated a con­trap­tion com­pris­ing 15 ex­er­cise bikes claimed from metropoli­tan verge col­lec­tions that, when rid­den, pro­vide enough en­ergy to run a pop-up cinema.

The set-up also uses mo­tors Th­waites has lib­er­ated from dis­carded Fisher and Paykel wash­ing ma­chines be­cause they have the per­ma­nent mag­nets nec­es­sary for the cy­cling power source to func­tion.

Net­work spokes­woman Eu­ge­nie Stock­mann en­cour­aged lo­cals to “rock up” to the Vic Park Bike Fest pre­pared to lend a hand to keep the movie show­ing.

“Ev­ery­one is wel­come to pedal, and there are very few rules: don't spin the wheels, don't cy­cle back­wards, lift your hand if you want some­one to swap in for you,” she said.

“There will be bikes for ladies, kids and even some with the “L” sign.”

The event, made pos­si­ble with a WestCy­cle grant and the sup­port of sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, is de­signed to en­cour­age the lo­cal use of bikes and will of­fer free bike check-ups, en­grav­ing by lo­cal po­lice, bike po­etry read­ing, and food and bev­er­age ven­dors.

The Fest will start at 5pm with the screen­ing at 7.30pm.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

The more you pedal, the more you watch: Jonathon Th­waites with Eu­ge­nie Stock­mann.

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