October was WA Bike Month and WATCAC joined Western Australia’s cycling community to celebrate big time! The Western Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council (WATCAC) hosted its second tandem muster, supported by the WA Department of Transport and WestCycle. Emphasizing the accessibility of tandem cycling, it was an open invitation extended to all comers. The event was made possible by Perth’s blind and vision-impaired tandem cycling community.
On Sunday morning 30th October the South Perth foreshore came alive as tandems came from near and far to join the celebration. We even had a unicycle! A particular highlight was a 1930’s Aussie Tandem brought along by the WA Historical Cycle Club. This provided passing foot and cycle traffic with a great starting point to engage with Perth’s tandem cycling community and have a chat over a free coffee from Pedaling Beans espresso coffee stall, a popular focal point!
Visitors across a wide range of ages dropped in to see a great display of bikes and to try tandem cycling. As well as people to chat to, the morning program involved a basic introduction and demonstration of tandem cycling and then a tandem ride. This invariably culminated in smiles all around, as visitors completed riding a circuit around local paths and parks. Meanwhile our regular tandem cyclists exchanged stories and discussed riding experiences and tandem cycling exploits. Some even took to our special challenge course to add to the fun of the fair. Thanks to all our participants for coming along and supporting our event!
We’d like to extend our special thanks to WATCAC members and friends whose involvement made the event possible. Tandemonium 2022 tandem muster was supported through WA Bike Month grant BM22-14 from the Western Australian Department of Transport, administered through WestCycle. Thanks also to Pedaling Beans for wheely great coffee and local photographers Caroline Trenfield, Manda Barker and Stuart Meacham for fabulous photos.
Links and further reading:
For over 30 years the Department of Transport has coordinated Western Australia’s annual celebration of bike riding. Read more here:
In October there were over 40 events happening across Western Australia to promote and encourage bike riding for transport, fun and a healthier lifestyle. Read more about these WestCycle supported events here:
* Find out more about Read and Jones’ 1933 trans-Australia ride in this great article by Jan Lonsdale. Stoker Gordon Jones lived on to an amazing 102 years.