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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Behind the Bike Shed slowly evolving

This story is related to Install or upgrade bike parking

A quick Friday arvo note - feedback on the staff pool bikes this week was that they were hard to get in and out of the shed.
An email sent around found a spare bike rack at the depot.
A quick tweak of the bikes and installation of the rack in the shed = much easier access (and makes the cargo trike much easier to get in and out).
Quick wins for a Friday afternoon – more convenient bike access and up-cycling old infrastructure!

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Staff Work Bikes and Bike Plan Review Community Survey

This story is related to Promote bike facilities

It’s been 12 weeks since we relaunched the staff work bikes – an initiative to reduce pool car use and get staff active for short work trips. So far the bikes have been booked 40 times – an average of 3 times a week – we will keep monitoring to track how we are going. There has been some sneaky use without using the booking system, but hey, at least people are riding.

The results are in from the recent community survey for the review of the Bike Plan. The mapping, ideas and survey are all being collated to inform the new City Bike Plan. There were over 200 ideas and comments on the interactive map, in addition to the survey. We are currently finalising the analysis and will post the survey results as soon as possible.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Staff bike maintenance workshop

This story is related to Bike skills workshop

Last week we ran a bike maintenance workshop for staff with the Bike Dr (and thanks to Your Move).
We ran the workshop to help staff get better acquainted and confident with their bikes – to help with fixing problems during commutes and recreational riding (and the benefits of keeping bikes clean and safe). Seven staff took part and found it very useful – even those with a brand new Norco cruiser (much bike envy in the group – google Norco scene bike and you’ll see what we mean). It was a good cross section of riders - regular commuters, infrequent riders and recreational riders.
Here’s a few comments from staff –
“I was a bit worried when Luke said first up we were going to change a tyre and fix a puncture – this is a bit too basic! I know how to change a tyre and fix a puncture – but during the workshop I learnt I’ve been doing it wrong all of my life – now its way easier!”
“The workshop was great and am confident that I’ll be able to fix any problems as I’m riding around”
“I found it very useful and I hope we get to do another workshop so I can get into the gears and cables.”
Hoping to run workshop 2 in the new year.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Staff travel to work survey - results are in

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Over 100 staff across the City of Fremantle did a travel to works survey and the results are in!

The last survey was in 2010 so we thought it was about time we found out how we were travelling – and the results are awesome (not that we are modest or anything).
55% of surveyed staff drove to work, down from 79% in 2010 with a whopping 19% using public transport and 12% walking or cycling.
We asked staff if they had changed their method of commute in the last 12 months and interestingly half changed from active transport to car due to either moving further away from work or due to an injury. The other half swapped from car to active transport mainly due to moving closer to the workplace.

The top 3 things people suggested that would get them on to active transport and out of the car were - improved access to public transport (and cheaper fares) living closer to work and improved cycle/footpath network
We can now look in detail to program and identify ways to make active transport an easy and attractive choice – and spread the message to staff.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

City of Fremantle gearing up for Ride to Work 2018

The City of Fremantle is gearing up for this year’s Ride to Work event, working with local providers to make it a memorable and enjoyable morning with -
• Mercer Bikes providing bike safety checks
• Fremantle Tours mini bike tours of the city
• Perth Electric bikes and South Freo Cycles will be displaying bikes
• The Fremantle Bike User Group will be asking for input on bike infrastructure in the area
• City staff will be showing how they identify the need for new bike infrastructure
• Along with healthy food options being supplied by local providers
City staff will also be active in getting non-riding colleagues on their bikes by volunteering to be a ride buddy to show the quick and easy routes to work.
Photos to come next week!

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Behind the Bike Shed - Relaunching Staff Pool Bikes

This story is related to Provide pool bikes

We are reigniting staff pool bikes for short work trips. Back when we were in the Admin centre in Kings Square, staff pool bikes were available but were not used very much – despite an easy info and booking system. We think it was mainly to do with them being stored away from the office in the Queensgate car park.

Now we are in our temporary home at Fremantle Oval, we have spruced up our staff bikes and built a new bike shed within easy reach of the admin office and library. The booking system is the same as our pool cars.

Tony Strickland, Manager Facilities and Environmental Management

“We wanted to make the bike booking the same as our pool cars, so that process and experience in booking and using pool vehicles are the same”.

“Our bikes are just as much an asset as our cars and so management and maintenance has been streamlined into our asset management systems”.

“We want the ‘normalise’ the process so there is no barrier to booking a bike, to get more staff using bikes for short trips – with 7 out of 8 city facilities being within 3km of the Admin Centre and Library”

(Thanks to the Heart Foundation pool bike case study)

Staff have already been using the bikes with Infrastructure and Project Delivery teams riding to the depot (1.5km) and others to the Leisure Centre (1km).

Information and promotion is underway to encourage more staff to use the bikes for short trips rather than the pool cars – getting cars off the road and freeing up pool cars for longer work trips (where destinations are not served by public transport – that’s what the staff Smartriders are for – see previous post!).

City facilities within 3km of the Admin centre

The Meeting Place
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre
Legal Centre
Visitors Centre

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

City of Fremantle - Bike Plan Review engagement underway!

The City of Fremantle's Local Bicycle Plan is under review. We'd like to know more about your experience riding in and around Fremantle. If you don't currently ride, we'd also like to hear from you.

You are invited to complete the survey below. You can also 'map your ride' on our interactive map below (add photo, drop a pin and share your thoughts) by Tuesday 9 October 2018.

What has been done since the Bike Plan was adopted?
Over the last 6 years the City has -
Installed 2.3km of on road bike lanes.
Installed 1km of off road paths including the new North Fremantle link from Queen Victoria Street to Tydeman Road.
Upgraded 6 signalised intersections to include Bike head start facilities creating vital continuous links on major roads.
Rolled out Bicycle Awareness Zones (BAZ) on over 6km of local and city centre roads.
Upgraded over 2km of path along popular coastal routes.
Rolled out green bike lane treatment at intersections on Lefroy Road, Winterfold Road, South Terrace and Marine Terrace.
Installed over 160 bike parking bays and facilities with the city centre and suburban areas.
Installed 2 new bike data collection sites.
Participated in and supported annual Bike Week events.
Joined the Department of Transport's Your Move Program.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

City of Fremantle - Staff Travel Survey

We are gearing up to undertake a staff travel survey across our 8 work places - to find out how we are travelling and identify ways to encourage active transport. The last survey was in 2010 which had: 79% drove to work, 6% drove a work car, 2% were passengers, 8% took public transport and 5% walked or cycled. The survey will also highlight any changes to commutes since we moved from the old administration building to the temporary office at Fremantle Oval as the new building in Kings Square is developed (which will have awesome end of trip facilities). This is also part of our corporate sustainable transport goals as a One Planet Council. Stay tuned for more staff stories and survey results.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Cycling Without Age - the right to feel the wind in your hair

This story is related to Advertise and participate in cycling events

He's pretty well-known for cycling around Freo, but Mayor Brad Pettitt was snapped riding a different kind of bike recently!
It was a part of the Cycling Without Age - Western Australia initiative, who are hoping to introduce the global cycling movement for seniors to Fremantle. Check it out -

📷: Cameron Etchells Photographer

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Gavin Giles

Encouraging low speed shared streets - Fremantle city centre

We are always trying to create a friendlier, safer urban environment in the Fremantle city centre by encouraging slower traffic speeds and sharing of our road space. We installed alternative ‘fun’ transport symbols in busy crossing points along Marine Terrace.
The idea of these symbols is to slow traffic and encourage sharing of space in key areas of conflict, congestion or high activity - highlight and encourage other users of the road, footpath or shared street and adding colour and fun to transport infrastructure. Five clusters of coloured car, bike and pedestrian symbols have been installed along Marine Terrace – a busy area with Esplanade Park, Fremantle Youth Plaza, Fishing Boat Harbour and Bathers Beach.
We hope this adds awareness to share the road and adds a sense of play into the street environment.

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Gavin Giles

Staff Smartriders - Encouraging Public Transport Use

This story is related to Business SmartRiders

City of Fremantle has Smartriders for staff to use for business trips. 4 smartriders are kept at the Admin centre front desk for all staff to book out – and they are promoted through the staff intranet
A popular journey is catching the train into Perth city for meetings. Using the Fremantle to Perth train saves driving time and paying for parking – and now we have our portable devices we can be more productive and work on the train!
Around 260 trips were used in the last 18 months – getting 260 city cars off the road and saving on driving and parking.

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The City of Fremantle is a local government authority located 20km south of the Perth city centre comprising the suburbs of Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Hilton, North Fremantle, O’Connor, Samson, South Fremantle and White Gum Valley. Council headquarters - William Street Fremantle The Town of Fremantle Council was founded in 1871 and it wasn’t until 1929 that it gained city status. Today, the City employs more than 400 people and services approximately 30,000 residents over a land area of 19 square kilometres. We pride ourselves on responsible social, economic and environmental management and in 2009, Fremantle became WA's first carbon neutral city. In September 2014, Fremantle became one of only two councils in Australia to achieve national One Planet certification for sustainability. The City also has a strong focus on arts and culture and owns and runs the iconic Fremantle Arts Centre and world-renowned festivals including Australia’s oldest festival, the Fremantle Festival.

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