(4.58pm 24 October 2013, Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I commend the work of cycling group BIKEast. This volunteer group works on behalf of people who ride bicycles and live and work around the eastern suburbs, including parts of my electorate.
BIKEast is affiliated with the statewide group Bicycle NSW and liaises with other local bike groups such as BIKESydney to link up safe bicycle routes across the wider region. Group members work with local councils on safer cycling routes, alert road managers to black spots and help identify solutions where there is conflict between different road users. Other BIKEast activities include leading recreational bike rides, cycling skills workshops and taking part in community events where they provide bike check-ups and distribute bike maps, bike bells and information about routes and safety. These volunteers contribute to a safer road environment and better relations between different road users. I acknowledge these volunteers and their contribution to the inner-city and eastern suburbs.