WeRide takes accessible bikes and trikes into Parliament
In a first event of its kind WeRide has conducted a briefing for Parliamentarians and guests on the bikes that can give back mobility to those experiencing disability and a lack of choice in mobility.
In a breakfast event in Parliament, the Chairs of the Friends of Cycling group hosted their colleagues, guests and the Shadow Minister for the NDIS, the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, for a presentation on the latest e-assist bikes and trikes that provide people of all ages and abilities options for independent mobility, physical activity or simply fun.
Andrea Herklots from Everybody ebikes talked about the machines they provide to children and adults with a range of diverse needs and the transformational power of being able to cycle.
This includes children who can ride to school for the first time in their lives, adults who can use an e-assist bike or trike to get to work and local destinations for the first time or simply being able to take their partner who has a disability or dementia out riding again.
The emotional stories show how modern cycling technology, including e-bikes, provides choice, improves accessibility and provides affordable pathways to overcome exclusion from mainstream transport options.
Justin Le Couteur, representing the National Inclusive Transport Advocacy Network, talked about the 4.4 million people with disability in Australia today, which is 18% of the population. Of all those who are of driving age, only about half actually drive and Justin emphasised the importance of equitable options for all those with a disability.
With a humorous take on the technology available to him growing up with cerebral palsy, he compared his (low tech) training wheels and devil-may-care attitude to the enormous opportunities available today. He discussed the institutional and infrastructure barriers that are beginning to be addressed by policy and programs such as the NDIS.
We Ride Australia is proud to support the Parliamentary Friends of Cycling and bring the interests of a very diverse cycling sector to the attention of our federal Parliament as part of achieving our vision that:
Australia is a greener, healthier, better place to be because more people are riding bikes.
The Parliamentary Friends of Cycling group is an initiative of WeRide and is hosted by Zaneta Mascarenhas, the Member for Swan; the Hon Andrew Wallace, the Member for Fisher and Dr Helen Haines, the Member for Indi. More information here: www.weride.org.au/programs/parliamentary-friends-of-cycling
- Short event video (3 min)
- Justin Le Couteur address (4 min)
- Andrea Herklots – EveryBody eBikes address (8 min)
Future events WeRide will organise in Parliament include the announcement of the national Cycling Luminaries Awards and the launch of the 2023 WeRide Australian Cycling Economy Report by EY in November.
Cycling Luminaries Awards
Nominations are now open for the Awards and can be submitted here: www.weride.org.au/what-we-do/cycling-awards