Celebrating our cycle-commute hero

Andrea Smithson
City of Albany
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This is Kenna. He works in the Assets team at the City of Albany. A year ago, Kenna decided to set himself a challenge - to ride to and from work every day for a whole year, rain hail or shine. Last week, that goal was achieved!

Here's some of the key stats from our interview with Kenna:

Daily commute length: 16km Total distance cycled in the year: 3248km Number of times riding in the rain: around 10-15 times. Number of flat tyres: 3 which resulted in decent walks - after that I finally learnt my lesson and put a spare in my bag! Number of times you accidentally left something at home: forgot my air pods a handful of times. Most surprising thing you saw out and about: it's amazing how many people you see out enjoying life on the really wet and windy dark morning. Most challenging thing about riding: definitely making the commitment. Without a commitment to do an entire year it would have been hard to head out into the rain at 6am in the winter, but without having any other option is was easy to just get on with it. Best thing about riding: experiencing whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you. From the amazing sunrises to the horizontal hail - it's all good!

The team at the Mercer Road office gave Kenna a fitting guard of honour for his anniversary ride home. What an amazing achievement!

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James (Your Move)

Hi Andrea - and welcome back to City of Albany for 2020! I love this story! I do have a few questions.... Firstly, are you using Kenna's story for some internal promotion? Secondly this looks like a perfect media opportunity - did you get any coverage? If not, I hope you have plans to do so (I want to give you more points!). Thirdly, what prompted him to set this challenge - was it through the workplace or a personal commitment? My big tip for anyone commuting is to get some 'puncture proof' tubes in their tyres - they are only slightly more expensive than standard ones and are worth their weight in gold. For now I have given you 10 bonus points for making this such a great read, but hope to give you more points for "Promoting Active Travel" and "Media Coverage" if you can confirm those points.

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Andrea

Hi James, there is a story going in our staff newsletter and we are also working on some external promotion through our social media channels and/or the local paper. I'll keep you posted!

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Andrea

Hi James, here's the link for the story on our new community website: https://www.albanyinthistogether.com/post/kenna-kicks-cycle-challenge. There was also a full page feature in our staff newsletter last week :)

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for the update Andrea - I have just linked the story to "Promote AT" which gives you another 25 points.

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