Frequently asked questions
Read FAQs about WA Bike Month and the event and grant application process.
What is Bike Month?
WA Bike Month is Western Australia’s annual celebration of bike riding.
The primary aim of WA Bike Month is to promote and encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride bikes for transport, fun and for a healthier lifestyle.
Bike Month is held in October each year and in the lead up, grants are available to local governments, organisations and community groups to host events during the month that support and inspire people to give bike riding a go.
What is the role of the Department of Transport (DoT) and WestCycle in Bike Month?
WA Bike Month is an initiative of the State Government, funded by DoT and administered by WA’s peak body for cycling, WestCycle.
DoT is the strategic and operational lead for the State Government’s active transport responsibilities. This means supporting safe, well-designed and connected networks for people of all ages and abilities to ride bikes, scooters or walk to get around. DoT also plays a key role in developing and providing travel behaviour change programs and initiatives to encourage people to walk, wheel or ride more often.
WestCycle has been contracted by DoT to deliver WA Bike Month during October 2023.
How do I apply for a Bike Month grant?
Information about 2023 WA Bike Month grant applications will be available soon.
When will we find out if our Bike Month grant application was successful?
All grant applications are assessed by an industry panel, led by WestCycle. Applicants are then notified in writing of the outcome of their application. This typically occurs during August.
When will we receive grant funding?
Grant funding will be provided to successful applicants in one lump sum following the receipt of a completed Grant Acquittal Form and associated invoice. Acquittals must be submitted via SmartyGrants by 5pm on 24 November 2023. Payment will not be made for acquittals received after this deadline. It is anticipated that acquittals will be processed in December 2023.
All grants awarded are exclusive of GST, although GST may be added to the Grant amount depending on the GST status of your organisation.
What should we consider when organising our Bike Month event?
Each event should meet one or more of the WA Bike Month objectives:
- Promote and encourage bike riding for transport, fun and for a healthier lifestyle.
- Increase awareness and use of new and existing bike infrastructure, bike routes (i.e., the cycle network), and local facilities you can get to by bike.
- Encourage new, novice and rusty riders of all ages and abilities to go for a bike ride.
A great event will also:
- promote the benefits of bike riding such as physical health, wellbeing and social connection and immersion in the community
- contemplate a mix of bike and non-bike related activities to encourage participation from the wider community
- help people overcome some of the basic barriers to bike riding, such as by offering bicycle mechanics, advice and skills training.