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 Cummberland council areas of Western Sydney. We are proudly affiliated with Bicycle NSW.
Regular individual membership costs $10 per annum.
Please Contact Us for a CAMWEST Membership Form.
Bicycle NSW membership benefits include:
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 existance or connectedness is not always obvious to the casual observer. Our community rides seek to highlight these more enjoyable & bike friendly routes which can be used to traverse Western Sydney and beyond.
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 parlimentary agencies and members.
CAMWEST hosted one or two rides per year, the most popular of which was the annual Tizzana Winery ride (which started at Windsor Railway Station, and involved a choice of 30, 50 or 70 km rides to Tizzana Winery for a catered lunch, followed by everyone riding the 20km back to Windsor). We now conduct shorter lead rides more frequently.
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).
Some of the bicycle-related activities that CAMWEST members are involved in include:
Would you like to become involved? If so, please contact us!