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Gavin Giles

Active Transport - Storytelling to engage

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We attended the Your Move Forum on Storytelling to engage from Evolve Events (Disclaimer here - it was presented by one of our Elected Members, Rachel Pemberton).
The forum has inspired us to reach out to our staff and community to get stories and champions who use active transport - the why's, the how's and the great aspects of walking, riding and public transport. We can use these stories as inspiring tools to get other people out of their cars and onto thier legs, bikes, buses and trains.
Here's a quick story and video of Dan's commuter ride.

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Gavin Giles

Scavenger Hunt Won't Stop! Promoting Active Transport, Community and Local Business

As part of Bike Week we organised a scavenger hunt around the city as a fun and interesting way to use active transport to explore and learn about Fremantle.
A couple of families took a little bit longer but used the hunt as a family activity over the last month.
It also led to interaction, active play and contributed to the local economy – and they are sharing with friends!

Here is some feedback received this week -

“Thank you so much for sending through the PDF for the Scavenger Hunt. It has taken us a month and four separate outings but we had a great time and we did it!
We cycled, walked, ran, took the pram, and caught the bus. We did some as a team of five (two adults, three kids: six, four, and 20 months), and some we split up. Add in some dinners out, packed lunches, plays at the various playgrounds en route, and lots of adventuring.”

“Great fun, here's hoping there are many more such events in the future!
Thanks to all who were part of organising it. I've forwarded the PDF to a few friends to do with their kids when they have a weekend free. Just for fun.“

Could be a great way to activate people and places all year round?

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Bike Week 2019 - Scavenger Hunt

The Great Freo Scavenger Hunt was held two Sunday's ago as the final event for our Bike Week activities.
Around 20 riders of all ages road around town searching for clues and prizes. Erinn Litchfield our Recreation Community Development Officer said "The event is a great way to people on bikes and around our city, to see interesting spots off the main areas as well as the Cappuccino Strip, West End and Fishing Boat Harbour".
Time to start planning for 2020....

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

New Cycle School - Rescheduled April 10

Due to illness we had to cancel Cycle School in Bike Week.

Good news - it has been rescheduled to April 10 - 3.30 - 5.30

Cycle School is in for all children aged 6-10 years.

Whether they love to ride or need a little encouragement a session at Cycle School will improve their bike handling skills and build confidence in riding a bike.

To ensure all participants safety Cycle School will be conducted on the fenced outdoor basketball courts at Fremantle PCYC. Free 100% fruit Delish Ice Pop for all participants!

BYO - Bike and Helmet + Registrations are required

Details and Register here -

Hope to see you there!

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Staff Advanced Bike Maintenance Workshop

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This is Dan.
Dan is in Economic Development so he can’t show his face on a web post.
Dan went to the advanced bike maintenance course last night and won the $100 bike toolkit (thanks to Your Move).
Dan learnt a lot of new and useful tips and tricks around gear tuning and loved it.
I forgot to take photos of the workshop.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Bike Week 2019 at the City of Fremantle

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Here is what we are up to over Bike Week this year –
Holding a staff advanced bike maintenance workshop (thanks to Your Move points) for people who want to increase their skills in gears, brakes, drivetrain and other fascinating bike facets.
* 2 lunch and learn sessions for staff on tricks and tips to encourage people to get on a bike for their commute (thanks to Bikewest/Dept of Transport grants)
Fun community events include:
* The Great Freo Scavenger Hunt
* Cycle School
* Rusty Riders
* Light Me Up Ride
Go to our website to sign up!
Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (a quick update on the event success will be posted after Bike Week)

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Ambassador Trikes

The City provides over 20 Ambassadors for visitors to the city and especially when a cruise ship is in port. They are stationed at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, Visitors Centre and Parry Street bus shuttle stop. The volunteer Ambassadors are there to answer questions, hand out maps of the city and provide information and help to all visitors.
Last year, the centre purchased two trikes for our Ambassadors to use to get to and from the Passenger and to carry visitor info. Their maiden voyage was last week when the Queen Elizabeth was in port. Ambassador comments about the trikes include “they are great – the big basket at the back lets us carry all our gear plus water and lunch”…..”The bikes a big and bright and a bit unusual – they attract people, which makes it more engaging with visitors and passers by”.


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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Thanks Your Move!

Thanks to Your Move for drawing our name out of the hat in last year’s posting competition. With the extra award points we were able to purchase some sweet prizes for our 2019 Bike Week community events. We were also able to book another staff bike maintenance workshop – to encourage our teams to look after their bikes and get back on them for their commute.

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Community Engagement Feedback - Bike Plan Review

It’s been nearly a month since we posted on the progress of the City of Fremantle Bike Plan review. Over October we contacted our community, both regular and non-regular riders and asked them: why they were riding, why they weren’t riding, types of riders they identified with, where they are riding and where would they like to ride. The interactive map also gave the opportunity to “map my ride” with over 200 ‘pins’ on areas for improvement, ideas and good riding environments. The full engagement results report can be found on our MySay page at

Here’s a summary snapshot and we are aiming to get a draft new Bike Plan to our Councillors and community in the new year.

Have a great holiday, stay safe and see you in 2019!

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

All I want for Christmas.....

… the ‘soft’ launch of the staff electric bike. We will wait until the new year due to the rush up to Christmas for the formal launch and promotion of the staff electric bike – recently added to the pool bikes at the Administration Centre.
Rita, our Principal Urban Designer and Annabelle, Senior Project Officer – Sustainability tested out the ebike this week.
“With this bike I can get to the Kings Square redevelopment site in under a minute. And it’s a step through so it’s easy for me to use and it’s no worries in my work clothes” said Rita.
Annabelle said “It’s a bit weird when you first try it, but it will make getting over the hill near the depot much easier”

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Gavin Giles
City of Fremantle

Behind the Bike Shed slowly evolving

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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