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About CAMWEST

Cyclists' Action Movement West (CAMWEST) is a bicycle user group (BUG) representing people that ride bicycles and other (predominantly) self-powered vehicles around the greater Parramatta, Blacktown and Cumberland council areas of Western Sydney. We are proudly affiliated with Bicycle NSW.

Why join CAMWEST?

  • Gain access to the CAMWEST Ride With GPS (RWGPS) Club account, which contains a growing number of routes that can be navigated via voice prompts on your mobile device;
  • Receive a 15% discount on the regular price of Bicycle NSW membership.
    We strongly recommend all riders hold Bicycle NSW membership. CAMWEST membership plus Bicycle NSW membership with the 15% discount is cheaper than the regular Bicycle NSW membership price. Please note that this discount doesn't apply alongside other offers from Bicycle NSW.
  • Access to an email list open only to financial CAMWEST members.
  • Meet and discuss with others keen on bicycle related advocacy in the Parramatta, Blacktown and Cumberland areas of Western Sydney.
  • Help support your local Bicycle User Group and the activities we're involved in.

Regular individual membership costs $10 per annum.

To join or renew your membership with CAMWEST:

  1. Either fill out and submit the Online Membership Form, or Request a printable version.
  2. If paying by EFT, please deposit $10 per member into the following account:
  3. BSB: 082135

    Account Number: 675141792

    Account Name: CYCLISTS ACTION MOVEMENTS WEST (CAMWEST)

    In the 'Message' or equivalent field, please enter a lowercase 'm' to signify the deposit is for membership, then your last name and first name initial. For example, John Smith would be 'm SMITH J'.

    If unable to pay by EFT, please contact us to arrange an alternative payment method.

Bicycle NSW Membership:

We strongly recommend all riders hold Bicycle NSW membership. Bicycle NSW membership benefits include:

  • Personal Accident and Public Liability Insurance coverage;
  • 20% discount on Spring Cycle Entry Fees;
  • Discounts at participating retail outlets and service providers.

See the Bicycle NSW Membership Portal for more details.

CAMWEST seeks to promote and celebrate the use of the bicycle as a healthy and environmentally sustainable means of transport. We believe bicycles can be used as realistic substitutes or augmentation to other transport modes in a number of situations.

Through the work of state and federal governments, local councils and cycling advocates over the last few decades, a reasonable network of bike friendly shared paths and interconnecting quieter local streets have been identified and developed through significant parts of Western Sydney.

As a number of the shared paths are through parklands or along waterways and away from major traffic thoroughfares, knowledge of their existence or connectedness is not always obvious to the casual observer. Our self-guided and community rides seek to highlight these more enjoyable & bike friendly routes which can be used to traverse Western Sydney and beyond.

Some of the bicycle-related activities that CAMWEST members are involved in include:

  • Contributing to the Open Street Map project
    Open Street Map is a worldwide mapping project, which anyone can contribute towards. Our focus is ensuring that the bicycle related infrastructure in Western Sydney is up to date. The data entered through Open Street Map is used by other apps and web-based mapping sites like Ride With GPS. There are links to a couple of useful OSM maps on the Resources page.
  • Bicycle Steering committee at Parramatta Council;
  • Bike Valet Parking: Annually at the Australia Day Festivities at Parramatta Park. Also at other festivals around Western Sydney;
  • Addventageous
    Addventageous is a Parramatta-based social enterprise helping build cycling skills & confidence amongst community members.

    Note: A CAMWEST committee member derives income from this business.
  • Assistance with the annual Parramatta Ride2Work Day breakfasts;
  • Assembly of new bicycles [Paid employment];
  • Leading community rides, with Bicycle NSW endorsed ride leaders;
  • Volunteering at Bicycle NSW annual events such as Spring Cycle and Gear Up Girl;
  • Taking part in the annual Super Tuesday Bike Count;
  • Writing letters and submissions to local, state & federal governments advocating for improved cycling infrastructure;
  • Involvement with the Parramatta Cycling Without Age Trishaw, including training volunteer 'pilots'.

Would you like to become involved? If so, please contact us!

CAMWEST was started by Ian MacIndoe in 1987 to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in Western Sydney. Activity levels and membership numbers have waxed and waned over the ensuing years, culminating in a determined push by the current executive team to raise CAMWEST's profile and relevance for today's world.

At least initially, CAMWEST was very focused on advocacy. The group became well known around the various Western Sydney Councils, with representatives involved with Hawkesbury, The Hills, Blacktown and Parramatta councils. Representation was also made to various state and federal parliamentary agencies and members.

In the early 2000's CAMWEST hosted several larger annual group rides. One was the Bay to Mountains ride, which ran East and West loop variants on alternate years. Another was the Rouse Hill BBQ ride, with rides starting at Parramatta, Blacktown, Windsor and Baulkham Hills all converging at Rouse Hill Regional Park. For each of these events support was sought from the local councils which paid for 'free' lunches for ride participants. Traffic Management support was also provided by local police for some routes. Probably our most popular ride however was the annual Tizzana Winery luncheon ride, which started and finished at Windsor Railway Station. After a briefing, riders were handed a map and indicated which of the 30, 50 or 70 km routes to the winery they'd aim to complete. After the riders and supporting 'sag wagon' or 'struggle bus' arrived, everyone was treated to a catered lunch and a spiel from the winery proprietor. After lunch (and often some purchases) everyone would ride the 20km back to Windsor. In subsequent years we've tended to focus on smaller group lead rides rather than the larger organised events.

Several CAMWEST members assisted the Riverstone Lions Club to design and run the annual Ride to Riverstone event, which ran from 2009 to 2014.

One member was elected on to the board of Bicycle NSW for several years.

CAMWEST members have been volunteers and Team Leaders on a number of Bicycle NSW events over the last 15 or so years.

Over time our focus expanded to include the promotion of Active Transport. To this end we purchased some bike valet parking equipment, which has been set up at several festivals around Western Sydney with the support and sponsorship by relevant councils. The aim is to provide supervised secure bike parking, in order to encourage community members to ride to the events rather than drive. We've provided Bike Valet Parking at the annual Australia Day event at Parramatta Park for a number of years.

We've archived our original website, which contains a number of interesting stories and articles from the period (Around 2000 to late 2013).

  • Archived CAMWEST site
    CAMWEST's original website was launched at camwest.pps.com.au by Marty Olmos in 2000. It was later taken over by Nick Urbanik and updated until late 2013. Most of the original site has been archived here. Note that:
    • A number of contact details have been removed;
    • There are a lot of broken external links;
    • The site was never designed for smaller screen devices, and the pages don't render well;
    • There are still links to several email lists. These lists still exist, but they are no longer supported. Please see the new camwest-announce list on the main site if you'd like to join a list.