87 year old Pino was a helicopter pilot for many years. He decided it was time for a new bicycle to ride to the shops.
Here's a woman who knows about commuting in style with her new Apollo city bike. There is even room for Charlie the dog to go in the rear basket!
Kap and Kids...and the Katu
Kap has been riding his Orbea Katu to do the school run since he bought it a couple of weeks ago. No more carparking and queuing stress for this family!
Peter and grandkids
Peter said he was buying this Yuba Mundo V4 for his daughter and her little family to get around on. We think there is going to be some competition for the driver's seat!
Marion was very excited to buy a new Tuesday March 07 bike to kickstart her riding career again after a couple of years break. She sent us this photo saying her bike 'rides like a dream'. That's what we want to hear Marion! See you around town on your bike!
Two kids? Long kayak? No problem for this family! They bought the Yuba Mundo a few months ago after arriving in town to avoid owning a second car and are loving it!
After doing some prep work riding around the river, Sharon had her first ride to work today and she is thrilled! Sharon's commute will give her one hour of free exercise every work day, guaranteed to reduce stress and improve general wellbeing!
When Clare realised it was going to cost $180 a month just for parking her car at work, Clare decided she would rather spend that money on something fun! She is about to start riding her trusty bike the few kilometres to work and will soon be richer and fitter for it.
When you live at the top of a steep hill and don't drive or own a car, it sometimes helps to have pedal assist technology working in your favour! And that's where the Gazelle CityZen C8 works well for Cheng!
Deborah - bicycle commuter and enthusiastic example of someone who makes the most of active transport! Townsville's weather has been hot for someone just returned from London, but at least you can feel the breeze when you're on a bike!
Danny, Billy and Anne
Billy loves riding in his BuddyRider seat!
After passing her car onto her son a few years ago, Katrina hasn't bothered with another one. Her bike does just fine getting her roughly 4 kms to work and then around town. Plus it's much more enjoyable!
Taha has migrated north from Brisbane and he loves the place! He is car free and rides out to work at the hospital every day. That floor pump he bought didn't quite fit in his backpack so he strapped it onto his bike in good bicycle commuter style!
Bob rides to and from work every day whatever the weather and has only put 3000km on his car in the last eight months. We think it might be time he got rid of the car altogether!
Coming from Sydney, Ewy never bothered to get a driving licence because public transport was so much more practical than driving a car. Now she lives in Townsville she just rides her bike everywhere and plans to just keep on pedalling!
With a Breezer Beltway (uses a belt instead of a chain), Mark goes pretty much everywhere on his bike and loves it. Why drive when you can ride?
You may see Kelcey pedalling around Townsville with her super-bright flags (thanks for the idea Lucy!) and now with her beautiful Basil bag to carry her gear in.
Jialin (and Robbie & Nathan!)
These guys are enjoying the family's second car. What better way to get around than in a cargo bike? Space for shopping, school bags, dogs (yes, they take it along too); and it's free exercise for Jialin! Keeping on rolling!
Ida is a young 70 year old who still gets around on her bike to do shopping and whatever else takes her fancy. May as well do it in style with a bright new helmet and Ortlieb panniers!
Darryl & Damien
This father and son team are always getting around town on their recumbent trikes, now complete with trailers and a growing dog!
After selling her car, Alex decided the best way to spend the money was to invest in a Brompton that will take her everywhere she needs to go and will be far cheaper (and healthier) to run!
Milena is from Brazil, and, having ridden all her life, she still enjoys commuting by bike around Townsville.
Jared wanted the flexibility of a Brompton folder - it can be stored under a desk or in a cupboard, go on a train or a bus or a plane...plus, it just looks good!
Kerry from Townsville's Mary Who? bookshop looks splendid with her brand spanking new Breezer Uptown 7 complete with striking green Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus panniers. This is a woman whose style extends far beyond books. Kerry will be riding to work every day from now on. Why drive when you can ride!
David and his wife sold their second car and bought a Gazelle CityZen C8 ebike. Along with a set of waterproof Ortlieb panniers, David's well set up for a cheaper, healthier and fun way of getting around town!
Sabina travels around her hometown of Sydney using her bike, the bus and the train. She doesn't have a car and particularly loves her red Brompton, which just did it's first aeroplane trip to Townsville for a holiday, and will be heading overseas in the near future!
This is Sherry's second electric bike. She has never owned a car and has been using a bike to get around for a few years. Sherry rides mainly just to work, but she reckons the new wheels will mean we see her out and about a bit more often!
Dynamo lights, internal gears, basket on the back, test pattern helmet, Michele is happy to be counted amongst Townsville's cycle commuting community!
Bron starting commuting by bike three years ago after a mishap with her car. Now Bron is in love with her trusty old Ricardo and doesn't think she will bother owning a car again!
Hardcore cycle commuter and bicycle advocate. Bec has no car and rides fair weather or foul!
Just about everyone in Townsville will have seen Lucy getting around on her recumbent bike! She hasn't owned a car for 25 years. The old Flevobike (left) has done a mere 140,000km in the 8 years since Lucy bought it! The new one on the right just arrived in Australia. We bet it won't take long for the kilometres to rack up on the new one!
Beat has no trouble cycling up and down the hills of Magnetic Island on his Gazelle Ultimate C1.
Shane's commute to work has increased now he has added in a loop of the Strand for fun. He rides 22km round trip to work each day and does a few extra kilometres on the weekend. Shane has a pretty impressive top speed of 42km/h on his GreenSPEED trike and LOVES riding into headwinds.
Well-known Townsville Local
This is one of a collection of bikes. The Brompton folding bike gets used for overseas travel and the upright step-through Gazelle bike will get used for lots of commutes when it arrives. We love the Da Brim helmet visor and the stylish panniers. Perfect for a cruise Townsville day!
Ian has not felt the need to own a car for years! He gets around on one of his many bikes, including this Dutch built Gazelle Toer Populair and hooks up a trailer if he needs to pick up a big load. Jan 2016 - Ian is off cycle touring in Asia! His photo and blog details are on the Touring Gallery page.