Humans in Geelong began in August 2016 ago as a Face Book page telling good news stories about people and organisations making a difference to the Geelong Community. This year, Humans in Geelong ran a most successful EXPO at Deakin University Waterfront Campus.
Cycling Geelong was one of over forty groups represented. Rod Charles, Mike Currie and I ran the table with photos, giveaways and lots of interest from the many hundreds of visitors to the EXPO. As well as cycling in general, Rod had his three volume history of cycling in the Geelong region on display. He was surprised that one visitor is planning to buy a penny farthing – Rod’s comment was that they had gone out of date by the 1880s. However there is now a lot of interest in historic bikes, and the Victorian Penny Farthing Championships will be held at Geelong West Velodrome in early December.
Several other Cycling Geelong members including Vicki and Rosemary were also working on the EXPO – Vicki with Geelong Sustainability and Rosemary with the Humans in Geelong Committee. Quite a few Cycling Geelong members visited the Expo – some after completing their stint working on Around the Bay in a Day. We also had a visit from Maria from 94.7 The Pulse’s The Bicycle Show.
Another Cycling Geelong visitor was Tina, who came along with her mother. They were delighted to meet up with six young Danish guys on a gap year between school and university, who were spending that time promoting Cycling Without Age. These men rode in on two passenger tricycles, which they had ridden all the way from Newcastle to Geelong via Sydney, Dubbo, Canberra and Bendigo (which all have Cycling Without Age programs running). People at the EXPO were invited to have a ride on the bikes – Tina and her mum are looking forward to the program starting in Geelong.
The Expo included a program of performers, speakers and other entertainment. The winners of the first ever Humans in Geelong Writing Competition for schools were announced. The primary school winner was Hamish West, , Year 3, Ashby Primary School, with runner up Indigo Niblett, Year 6, Clairvaux Primary School. The secondary school section was won by Bridie Griffith who is in year 7 with year 8 student Archer Drummond second. Both these students attend The Geelong College.
* For Cycling Without Age, the passengers do not require helmets. The demonstrations were held in Deakin’s enclosed courtyard. Normally, the riding tricycle pilots always wear helmets.
It is also legal in Victoria to ride these passenger tricycles on footpaths – speeds with passengers are usually around 3-6kph. Geelong’s first Cycling Without Age program will be at Multi-cultural Aged Care in North Geelong and is expected to get underway early in 2018.