We had a pretty good showing on the first WA Bike Month. Here is an infographic on our stats. Importantly we had two staff who changed their commute from car to a bike and are still going. One team member needs a new bike and a bit more encouragement. We used the Your Move points to buy a voucher for a random draw each week, to keep it interesting.
Here is a story and feedback from our champions in the Parks and Landscapes team.
Before Bike Month I took part in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise funds to fight children’s cancer, a cause I’m passionate about. Before then I didn’t ride to work and only rode once in a blue moon with my partner on his go-fast racer. I rode 485km and raised over $1400. Riding then became less daunting and I found it easy and fun to ride to and from work (with a little planning). Then Bike Month came up and work sent the call out to staff to join up, I thought if I can ride over 400k’s then Love to Ride would be easy (I came third out of 24 – yay!). What also inspired me was to get out of the office and recharge and enjoy our beautiful parks and environment (I’m a Landscape Architect after all) so I organised a weekly lunch time ride down to South Beach and a standing invitation open to all after Bike Month finished. There’s usually around six of us that go down on our lunch break and it’s a great and easy ride there and back.
In an effort to be more environmentally sustainable (and rack up more km’s for WA Bike month) myself and Katrina (Team Leader Landscaping and Natural Areas) decided to ride to North Fremantle to inspect the Heritage Trail signs that run along the river foreshore, up Cypress Hill and along Rocky Bay. Leaving from and returning to Fremantle Oval the whole trip took us less than an hour, which we believe was quicker than trying to do it in a car, and a lot more fun and sustainable - also saving on fuel costs and car wear and tear.
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James (Your Move)
Thanks for your summary of Bike Month - from both a heart and a head perspective. Good news that you have 2 more bike regulars now and that Jen and Katrina are showing the crew how easy (and fun) it is to use bikes for the work trip. You have earned 10 bonus points for sharing these different angles of CoF's Bike Month experience.Report comment
James (Your Move)
Actually, I've just given you another 10 points for the 'wider benefits' of getting the elected members involved too!Report comment