Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Bike Week 2016 grants now open

    12/10/2015 6:00 AM
    • $30,000 for cycling events as part of Bike Week celebrations
    • More than 70 events held across WA this year
    • Ride2Work Day is Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    On the eve of Wednesday's Ride2Work Day, the State Government and WestCycle have invited organisations, local governments and community groups to apply for grants for events to celebrate Bike Week to be held in March 2016.


    Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Ride2Work Day was one of Australia's biggest celebrations of bike riding and the perfect opportunity to try cycling to work.


    "The Government has been a long-time supporter of Ride2Work Day and the opportunity it provides for first-timers to give riding to work a go and for others to get back on their bicycles.


    It puts the spotlight on bike riding as a transport option and highlights the growing number of people who have already made the change," Mr Nalder said.


    The Minister also promoted the $30,000 in grants available through the Department of Transport for amounts between $500 and $2,500.


    Mr Nalder said he hoped Bike Week 2016, from March 12-20, 2016, would continue to encourage more people to explore their communities by bike.


    "This year we saw some really creative and fun community-based events for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and ride their bikes.  I hope Bike Week 2016 will once again offer fun, educational and interesting events that involve the whole community," he said.


    In 2015, more than 70 different Bike Week events were held across the State, ranging from bicycle tours, back street bike explorations, bike servicing workshops, riding skills sessions, themed bike rides, learn-to-ride sessions and bike-to-work breakfasts.


    "Getting on a bike and riding short distances instead of driving a car is just one way we can all do our bit to help reduce traffic on our roads as well as improve our health and wellbeing," the Minister said.


    Fact File

    • Groups eligible to apply for a Bike Week 2016 grant include community groups, art organisations, not-for-profit organisations, local governments, other organisations, tertiary educational institutions, workplaces and bike groups
    • For more information, visit  http://bikeweek.com.au/  
    • Applications close 4pm, November 13, 2015

    Minister's office - 6552 6400