Places I Love – Leighton Slow Roll

Words and pictures by Jean Hudson @jeansodyssey

October is WA Bike Month and there are lots of free bike events on around the Port City.

The primary aim of WA Bike Month is to promote and encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride bikes for transport, fun and for a healthier lifestyle.

On Sunday 17 October, I took part in the Leighton Slow Roll – a community launch of the new Fremantle PSP cycle path between Victoria Street Station and North Fremantle Station.

Here at the Fremantle Shipping News, we have kept you posted over the past year with photographs of the early earthworks at Leighton Bridge and in July an article on the progress of PSP cycle path.

The Leighton Slow Roll was a cruisy family-friendly event. There were families with children on bikes, babies in carriers of all sorts even a Dutch Cargo Bike with two small children in the front carrier, mountain bikes, road bikes, fat boy bikes and sit up and beg bikes.

Cycling Without Age was there too, with two transport bicycles and their pilots. We set off from Victoria Street Station and cycled as a group to North Fremantle Station. We finished at Leighton Beach – where there was a free bike valet parking service.

The Orance Box café provided yummy ‘Leighton Slow Roll’ vegetarian or meat sliders and ‘Bob Marley’ tropical cold pressed juice to the first 400 who arrived on two wheels.

The Bike Dr was at hand offering mobile bike servicing and helping with adjustments needed on the day.

Dr. Froth, Australia’s leading Bubbleologist entertained adults and children with amazing creations and there was live music.

Cycling Without Age provided free trips on their bike carriers.
This international not for profit organisation, focuses to connect seniors and those less abled with their local communities.

The Fremantle Chapter has been operational since November 2019 and provides rides from South Beach near the café and also from Bathers Beach near Kidoga art house. You can book a ride by emailing here or by phoning 0448447223.

Fremantle is a bike friendly city – so dust off your helmet, pump up those tyres and give cycling a go during WA Bike month. There are several free community events including free bicycle tours of Freo.

If you wish to explore on your own your can download Fremantle Highlights Cycling Trail.

The Bike Week/Bike Month program has been run for over 30 years by the WA Department of Transport. Thank you to the City of Fremantle, WA Bike Month and Town Team Movement, WestCycle and the Department of Transport for sponsoring this fun event.

* This article was written by Jean Hudson. The photographs are also Jean’s