"Newman is an excellent town to enjoy bike riding with the network of dual use bike/walk pathways the Shire has provided. This not only encourages an active lifestyle for our community but it also allows us to enjoy riding bikes safely across town,"said Shire President Lynne Craigie.
"We are very pleased that a successful funding application has resulted in a grant, allowing the Shire, with the help of BHP, to provide plenty of healthy activities for everyone to enjoy during Bike Week this year and we look forward to the first Amazing Bike Race in Newman," she added.
Although the Shire has celebrated Bike Week for several years this is the first time The Amazing Bike Race will be taking place in Newman. It requires teams of two to five riders who can compete for great prizes. There is a prize for the fastest team to solve puzzles and challenges, while exploring the town of Newman. There is also a prize for the best dressed team, so cyclists are encouraged to don a costume that will catch the judges’ eyes. Riders need to ensure a helmet is part of the costume – as cyclists will not be able to take part unless they are wearing a safety helmet. Every bike rider who registers for the event will receive a free Bike Week Bag and a free brunch at the end of the race.
The Shire will also be presenting a Bike Week Movie in partnership with South Newman Primary School Parents and Citizens. The P&C were also awarded a Bike Week 2018 grant, and will be conducting bike safety lessons with school students. The Twilight Movie screening of Paddington 2 will take place in The Square on Friday 23 March from 6.30pm. Movie goers who ride to the event will receive a free Bike Week gift (but only if wearing a helmet). If riding at night, it’s important to have suitable bike safety lights.
Bike Week 2018 will run from Friday 16th March to Sunday 25th March 2018 and is presented in partnership by the Department of Transport and WestCycle.