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Switched on bikes


Electric bikes can help you get around and stay fit without the costs and emissions of a car or the traffic congestion – and they are great fun!
 
An electric bike (e-bike) is similar to a traditional bicycle with the addition of a battery pack and an electric motor that assist the rider’s efforts.
 
E-bikes can make cycling a more enjoyable and feasible option especially if you:
•             Commute long distances
•             Live in a hilly area
•             Can’t easily pedal a traditional bicycle
•             Enjoy tailwinds but not headwinds
 
Switch your thinking is taking a closer look at e-bikes through our new initiative – Switched on bikes. We’ll be providing opportunities to learn more about e-bikes, including how to convert your old bike into an e-bike and celebrating with pedal-powered movies at community events.
 

 

‘Switched On Bikes’ is proudly supported by RAC through their Community Sponsorships program to help promote e-Bikes and power-assisted pedal bicycles as alternative transport options. More than 590,000 cyclists take to WA’s streets and paths every week and RAC thinks that e-Bikes, which take the sweat out of cycling, may help people overcome perceived barriers to using a bike such as distance and time constraints.
 
In 2015 RAC ran an e-Bike trial to showcase the growing importance of ‘personal mobility options’, as well as the broader benefits of cycling in Perth. To find out more visit RAC e-Bike Trial.

Win an e-bike

In partnership with the Perth Electric Bike Centre, Switched on bikes is giving you the chance to win an e-bike all of your own. To go into the draw to win a BH Easymotion Evo Gacela electric bike valued at $3699, enter your details here.

Scaling heights for our Native birdlife


Thursday 3 March 
6:30 pm
Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre

Learn how you can be involved during the 2016 Great Cocky Count with Adam Peck from Birdlife Australia.

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Clean up Australia Day


Sunday 6 March

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. 

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Vincent Bike Week breakfast


Tuesday 15 March
7:00 am – 9:00 am
130 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

Join us for a delicious ‘brekkie’ with your fellow Vincent cyclists at Axford Park Reserve in Mount Hawthorn, where the Scarborough Beach Road bike lanes meet Oxford Street.

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Earth Hour


Saturday 19 March
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This year’s theme is, ‘Switch off for the Places We Love in 2016’, so tag photos of your favourite places in the City of Perth, and use the hashtags: #perth #earthhour #PlacesWeLove on social media, to be in the running to win a prize. And don’t forget to switch off your lights  and other non-essential appliances during Earth Hour.

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Green Cleaning: Cleaning with chemistry


Friday 1 April
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Armadale Library, Orchard Avenue, Library

Cut through the advertising spin of the home hygiene industry with the help of elbow grease and bi-carb soda. Cleaning with chemistry will arm you with a basic understanding of household science and a spray bottle full of natural alternatives to toxic and expensive cleaners.

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Night stalk - Critters up close


Sunday 5 March
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

John Oldham Park, Mounts Bay Road, Perth

A free community event aimed at children aged 6-12 years. After a brief introduction to some of the critters you might encounter, take a quiet walk through John Oldham Park, searching for signs of nocturnal critters.

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Southern River Community Garden art project


Sunday 5 March
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Southern River Community Garden

Get creative and come along to a free mosaics workshop.
Learn the basics of mosaics and get involved in creating colourful artwork to decorate the Southern River Community Garden.

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City of Perth Bike Week breakfast


Tuesday 15 March
7:00 am – 9:30 am
Riverside Drive near Bell Tower

Enjoy a healthy brekkie, coffee, and pedal-powered smoothie on the Perth foreshore, while the Bike Dr gives your bike a free maintenance check. Whether you’re riding to work, school, the shops, or simply interested in finding out more about riding your bike in the City, everyone is welcome.

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Growing solar in Western Australia


Monday 21 March
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Central TAFE, 140 Royal Street, East Perth

Get up to date on the state of solar in 2016

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Great cocky count


Sunday 3 April

Join Birdlife Australia as they carry out their annual survey of cockatoo numbers across WA to gain a better understanding of these unique and endangered species. It’s simple, fun and every survey counts!

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