MU is investigating a partnership with Dismantle to provide share bikes for use by students and staff on campus and in the surrounding areas. It's early days yet but we're really excited to support Dismantle's vision and bring back our share bike project, which some Murdoch alumni might recall- those infamous 'pink bikes' that plyed the campus for many years.
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Murdoch Meander 2018
Murdoch Uni gained a Bike Week 2018 grant to hold the Murdoch Meander, an exploration of Murdoch's South Street campus and interesting features in the neighbouring area. Riders were given a specially-developed map and clue sheet and had fun discovering hidden artworks, puzzles, and fast facts as they 'meandered' along dedicated cycle lanes and backstreets. The aim of the event was to inspire novice riders to discover how easy and safe it is to ride in this area. Our grant included funds to hire bikes but this option was not taken up by the 30 or so participants.
The event has the potential to be a great success. A report about the event, compiled by a MU tourism student, made a few key recommendations: - promotion needs to be multifaceted and widespread, i.e. posters in shop windows, contact with local schools, social media, etc. Social media in particular needs to be more strategically used. Timing is also important- Bike Week often falls during a study break, a time when students are usually busy with assignments or field work.
We may run the Meander again in 2019, depending on grant availability. Participants enjoyed themselves and there are many special places on and near the Murdoch campus left to discover.
MU ends up with a bunch of abandoned bikes at the end of each semester as students return to their home countries or cities. In the past these bikes were simply put in the metal recycling skips.
This September we donated 5 abandoned bikes to the Dismantle Bike Rescue programme, and with the end of the Uni year looming no doubt we'll have other bikes to pass on soon. It's great to know these resources are finding a new life and helping young people learn new skills.
Murdoch got Bike Week grant funds (thanks guys!) to run a Rusty Riders workshop and a Bike Maintenance 101 workshop. We got about 25 people along to each- I especially loved the RR workshop - so good to see people getting on their bikes and realising they could ride safely and in style, and enjoy it!
We are having so much fun learning about the new programme
Tertiary Educational Institute in the southern suburbs. Approximately 17000 students and 2500 staff. WA's only veterinary school and farm. Campus occupies about 227 hectares and is part of the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre which includes key destinations such as Fiona Stanley and St John of God Hospitals, and the Murdoch Train Station.
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