Ride to Work Breakfast Helps Staff Shift Gears

Gemma Cook

Over 30 staff at 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville swapped their heels for helmets and ditched their meetings to take part in a Ride to Work Breakfast this morning between 8am-9:30am. The event was funded by a $250 Bike Month Grant.

Amongst the danishes, quiches and coffees, staff that rode their bikes to work were encouraged to draw their bike route to work on a map produced by WALGA’s GIS guru and Road Safety and Infrastructure Policy Officer, Max.

The map, which now hangs proudly in WALGA’s kitchen, has been a great conversation starter in the office with staff looking at their own proximity to the office and talking about their bike routes to work.

Staff from 170 Railway Parade, including LGIS, Thales and Marsh were invited to the event through a calendar invitation and it was great to connect with other people in the building.

Paparazzi were in full force with staff receiving a polaroid snap to pin up in their office and spark a conversation about bike riding in the office.

The lure of free coffee was too much for some WALGA staff who were rounded up and taken down stairs to test out the eBikes.

It looks like this event might become a regular on WALGA’s social calendar with staff suggesting group rides down to Lake Monger at lunch and regular bike riding events.

The event also stimulated some discussion around the purchase of an eBike for WALGA staff to use for meetings and salary packaging arrangements for staff to lease their own eBikes. This will be pursued through discussions with WALGA's insurance provider and Executive Team.

Sometimes it just takes a few free pastries, some caffeine, and testing out eBikes to get staff to shift gears…

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James (Your Move)

What a successful event - on so many levels (literally, with staff from the other organisations joining in 😄). In must have been very satisfying to have 30 participants. Which ebikes were you demonstrating (reading that you are hoping to get an ebike for meetings it seems you don't have a pool at this stage)? The lunch social ride is a great idea too. You have earned 40 points for your Bike Month breakfast event, another 40 for accessing the Bike Month grant, 20 points for another engaging story and a final 5 points for sharing your excellent participation rate.

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