Why Ride competition is closed and the winners have been announced. In a
strange twist of fate, the bicycle rider winner, Asta Binnie, was announced by
Rik Goddard on ABC radio just minutes after one of her own tracks had been
played on that station. She received her $1000 prize earlier this week at
BikeRide. Annie Rouse, of South Launceston, won the walking prize donated by
The Jolly Swagman, and Cameron Ward of Glenorchy won the bussing prize
donated by Metro.
Winner Asta Binnie will be in attendance to receive her prize today at BikeRide
– 74a Liverpool Street, Hobart
The winners in the Why Ride competition received their prizes today from
Bicycle Tasmania President Jeff Dunn and competition prize sponsors BikeRide
and The Jolly Swagman.
The Why Ride Campaign has featured “On Bus” advertisements, an interactive
website, and competition awareness activities in Hobart Launceston and Burnie.
The aim of the campaign has been to showcase the active transport modes of
riding a bicycle, walking or catching a bus. The bus advertisements featured
ordinary Tasmanian’s with their reasons. Over the past 3 months the Why Ride
website has seen Tasmanian’s tell us why they ride a bicycle, walk or catch the
bus for their journeys.
Bicycle Tasmania President Jeff Dunn said:
“In order to start the process of cultural change in Tasmania and have everyone
understand that bicycle riding, walking and public transport are legitimate
forms of transport we think it helps to have real Tasmanian’s telling their
“Some of the responses were short and pithy, some are fantastically involved –
but all reinforce the fact that we can all make journeys on a bicycle, by
walking or by catching a bus and that those journeys are fun and enjoyable. The
campaign is also very much about breaking down the stereotypes about bicycle
riders, walkers and bus riders. We think the responses to the profile page
really highlight that it’s Frank’s sister – riding a bike, Helen’s husband
walking to the shop or Dave catching the bus to work.”
Jeff concluded by thanking all the competition entrants the sponsors and wished
all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
Bicycle Riding – A $1,000 gift voucher from BikeRide.
Name: Asta Binnie
I ride my bike to feel invigorated and creatively inspired - to feel the
burning sensation when going up a hill. Every single day I ride my bike. Why?
Because I live in a country where good quality bikes are made, where the roads
are mostly smooth as a baby’s bum, where pollution is well maintained and the
fact that it only takes 10 minutes to get anywhere in Tasmania. I ride my
self-spraypainted-broken gear-constantly-semi-flat tire bike because I love the
cool air on my face after going to a hot yoga session, the fact I can get away
with hanging copious amounts of groceries on the handle bars and still be able
to ride it without asking mum to pick me up. I love it when my face smiles
without effort when riding at a pleasant speed, the way old people look at me
and remember the good old days, the way my mind leaves a trail of clutter
behind as I pedal up the suburban streets. And finally, when I pick up the
momentum, I can’t stop singing. No matter how many people can hear me, I smile
and sing to myself. I get inspired for some reason and as a musician, this is
what I thrive off. Inspiration. That is why I ride my bike.