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16 October 2017

Albany residents are encouraged to try cycling to work for National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday, October 18.

City of Albany TravelSmart Officer Julie Passmore said most people could comfortably cycle 5km in less than half an hour, with 2km taking just 10 minutes.

“Commuting by bike is a fantastic way to exercise, save money on fuel and enjoy Albany’s fresh air, all before starting work for the day,” Ms Passmore said.

“With the addition of more than 20km of pathways and sealed shoulders in Albany over the past three years there are now even more options for commuting by bike.”

National Ride2Work Day aims to get Australians active by including cycling in their daily routine, with some workplaces hosting healthy breakfasts as incentive for employees to cycle.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and City of Albany staff will be among thousands of Australians cycling to work.

City of Albany Events Team Leader Adele Leahy began riding to work earlier this year on an electric bike leased through a salary sacrifice package with novated leasing company E-stralian.

“I genuinely love riding to work, even if it is only a 10 minute journey,” Ms Leahy said.

“It means I’m getting a little bit of exercise I wouldn’t have driving and feel refreshed and more connected to the outdoors.”

Ms Passmore said those who live too far to ride the whole distance could drive part of the way and cycle the remainder.

“Choosing just one trip or part of a trip where you can take the bike instead of the car is the perfect way to get started.”

For more information contact the City of Albany TravelSmart Officer on 68203453 or travelsmart@albany.wa.gov.au.