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.
Originally planned for July, our clinic for new front (pilots) and back (stokers) riders was delayed to late August due to the winter peak of COVID-19 infections. Despite some lingering winter showers on the day, it was a great roll-up for our training session, sharing tandem riding hints and skills among new and experienced riders.
Stevie Massey and Laura Massey-Pugh, sighted UK tandem cyclists, have started the Australian leg of their ongoing global cycling challenge in Perth. Delayed by 48 hours after being hit by a motorcycle in Malaysia, they were briefly hosted by members of the WA Tandem Cycling Advisory Council (WATCAC), a local charity supporting blind and vision-impaired cycling. It was time to fit a new chain and tyres then it was on their way. They are looking forward to quieter stretches of open country for the next 33 days and 5600 km to Brisbane.
A balmy autumn evening was an ideal backdrop for our May recreational group ride, celebrating Mother’s Day with a sunset jaunt. Five tandems and three singles took the riverside route from South Perth to Dalkeith…
As a step towards planning for the association, the committee consulted with members in late 2020. Around half of our members participated, either through an online questionnaire, by email or small group teleconferences. This valuable input helped inform the development of a broader strategic plan endorsed by the committee for presentation to members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.