Western Leader : February 16th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 6 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 NEWS Family day to try out bicycles By NICOLA MURPHY On your bike: West Bike Fest organisers say cycling is good for the whole family. Bernice and Joseph Mata'utia show how it's done. Photo: JASON DORDAY Few modes of transport are as cheap and healthy as cycling. The organisers of the West Bike Fest hope to convince west Auck- landers to give it a try at the annual event this Saturday at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson. The free family day features a variety of cycling-based stalls and activities including the chance to try out bike ramps, pimping your bike and bike limbo. There will also be spot prizes and free bike and helmet checks. Sport Waitakere, Wai- takere BMX Club and the Department of Cyc- ling, a west Auckland- based cycling group, will all be there to promote the activity. Sport Waitakere bike co-ordinator Rochelle Young says the West Bike Fest shows the advantages of cycling. Cycling is one of the few activities the whole family can do together whether you're five or 95,'' she says. We're out to show there's a lot of fun to be had on bikes. With the costs of pet- rol and living increasing and wages not necess- arily doing the same cyc- ling is becoming a popu- lar choice.'' Auckland Transport walking and cycling co- ordinator Simon Vincent says the event's location is ideal because after visiting the stalls cyclists can ride the nearby Pro- ject Twin Streams trail. Mr Vincent cycles to and from work every day and says it has helped him become more friendly with his neighbours. When you're in a car you can't really say hello to people. But when you're cycling you're travelling at a speed where you can greet people.'' The West Bike Fest runs from 10am to 1pm on Saturday at the arts centre, 426 Great North Rd, Henderson, access off Mt Lebanon Lane. Creative Communities Scheme Open for Applications If you are planning a collaborative art project in your community, we could have funding for you. The Creative Communities Scheme supports projects that: * encourage young people to participate in art * support diverse cultural traditions and contemporary cultural arts * enable local communities to participate in arts activities Your project could be in film, theatre, visual arts, music, digital arts, dance, new media or another art form. Applications close 24 February 2012. Visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/funding or phone 09 301 0101 for more information. Come to an information session for help with applying.
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