Featured BUG: Rockhampton Gentlefolk Single-speed, Fixie and Old Bike Society
The Rockhampton Gentlefolk Single-speed, Fixie and Old Bike Society is a fun cycling group for the non-lycra set.
Since December 2015 they have been conducting social rides about once every six weeks.
They’ve had picnic rides, laneway rides, just-because-we-want-to rides and quite a number of historical tours around Rockhampton.
Starting from about 12 people on the first ride, their last ride saw 45 riders join the “Port City of Rockhampton Historical Ride”.
The Society aims to continue this tradition, with rides at Mount Morgan, picnic rides and a number of new and repeat historical tours planned says ride organiser Peter Kane.
“A quite unreasonable amount of time and money has been spent doing up old bikes just for our events. Every ride has a number of mechanicals, and we’ve been interrupted by an intense tropical storm, but we help each other out and get on with enjoying ourselves,” Mr Kane Said.
Rockhampton is experiencing something of a cycling boom this year with hometown hero Anna Meares having the new velodrome in Brisbane named after her, while up-and-coming rider Brooke Tucker was awarded the U19 Track Cyclist – Women award at Cycling Queensland’s annual 42nd Cyclist of the Year awards ceremony.
Even local state MP Brittany Lauga is showing enthusiasm to improve cycling within the seat of Keppel with the new state government’s expanded state-wide Cycling Network Infrastructure Grants Program. The program sees cycling projects in communities included in the Principal Cycling Network Plan (PCNP) receive matched funding from the State Government for projects covered in their plans.