The City of Albany's internal Green Team - made up of staff in sustainability and promotions roles - meets monthly to keep each other informed and support one another in our roles which often overlap. It also helps to build support for sustainability within the broader organisation.
One of the things we've been working on together is including active transport in promotion of all City-organised events.
Last weekend was the 2nd annual Green Fair on the Square, a celebration of all things recycled, upcycled, green, and sustainable. The community was encouraged to ride their bike to the event with the incentive of a refreshment voucher to be used at one of the onsite vendors. The 50 vouchers were handed out well before the end of the Fair and people still kept arriving by bike!
A bike rack was placed at the front of the Albany Town Square and more racks were available at the entrance to the Library on the edge of the Square. They were all well-used throughout the day with bikes including e-Bikes, a tandem, cargo bikes, MTBs, road bikes and more...
The event was also promoted to staff and one of those who rode down was Senior Community Development Officer Tammy Flett on the e-Bike she purchased following the RAC Regional e-Bike Trial.
Working and cooperating with others in the organisation is definitely helping to spread the active transport message in Albany!
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Kylie (Your Move)
WoW - what a success! All 50 vouchers used before the end of the event and well used bike racks. Another great example of what can happen when a bit of team comes togther to plan and think about how to promote active transport. Have you got anymore bike friendly events planned soon?Report comment
Thanks Kylie :) We'll promote active transport to the Christmas Pageant in early December. We also plan to have a bike "float" in the pageant including the City e-Bike Fleet and a range of bikes and ages.Report comment
Kylie (Your Move)
At this rate, by next year, you will have Santa trading in his sleigh for an e-bike!Report comment
Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Trust
What a fantastic post as always Julie! Sounds like and active transport focus was incorporated seamlessly and met with absolute enthusiasm! Great to have all those bikes coming and going and parked in the centre of town - I imagine it is an encouraging sight for anyone who is cruising down York St and thinking about giving cycling a try. Are they permanent new racks or were they just in place for the event?Report comment