In honor of Bike Week, the City of Swan held a 'Ride to Work Challenge' for staff at our Admin Center encouraging them to ride to work as many days as they could throughout the week. As an incentive, each trip earned participants a coffee voucher for redemption at a Carpe Coffee in Midland. To keep things interesting we also had a competition for most trip completed and greatest total distance traveled. In order to celebrate everyone's achievements, a morning tea was held today with some wonderful food and prize giving. Mike (pictured) rode a total of 130km over 5 days and won a $50 voucher for Bicycle Center, Midland! All our 15 participants enjoyed the Challenge, creating a buzz in the workplace and awareness around cycling in hope that more people feel inspired to get out their cars and onto their bikes.
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As part of Bike Week at the City of Swan, we held a Bike Dr. Pop-up Session for staff to come down during their lunch break and receive bike checks, servicing and advice. We had a wide range of riders; from regular cyclists to those getting back into it (now with kids on board!) and even a couple of electric bikes in the mix. Overall, it was a hugely successful and worthwhile event, we all got a lot out of it. A huge thanks to the Bike Dr. for helping us at Swan feel safe, empowered and confident to ride to work with comfort, ease and style.
Late last year, the City of Swan championed a partnership between Paywise and E-stralian to make electric bikes available to staff through salary sacrifice. Paywise offers a novated lease arrangement whereby payments are made in conjunction with fortnightly wages. Originating in Melbourne, E-stralian now facilitates the lease of a wide range of e-bikes styles and top brands in Perth. This employee benefit initiative not only saves money on the cost a of bike over the lease term but makes sustainable and active transport more accessible for everyone. E-bikes are attracting a lot of interest at Swan among regular cyclists with our hope being that we can encourage more people take up riding to work on an e-bike. Please feel free to contact us at Swan for more information!
Our series of "Have a Go" days for City of Swan employees to try out electric bikes were a success! E-bikes are now available for our staff to lease and ride to/from work. Just another reason to swap the car for a more sustainable (and fun!) mode of travel. Thanks to everyone that came down to check it out at out the Administration & Operations Centers and Swan Active Midland - we had a great time watching you zoom around!
Thank you to all those who came down to our morning tea today to introduce 'Swan the Move'! This is a car-pooling program we are trailing as a one month challenge for Admin Center staff, here at the City of Swan. The event was a great way to get people together and engage in a discussion about car-pooling to work. Everyone got involved and gave great suggestions on how to improve the program moving forward. Lots of free food was also enjoyed by all!
I was very fortunate in having opportunity to attend the Your Move Forum on behalf of the CoSwan yesterday and listen to an inspiring presentation by Dr. Jane Genovese. I came away with so many practical ideas to help us become effective and influential agents of change. I resonated with the notion that meaningful progress takes time and that it is all about doing the best you can with the resources you have. Excited to see what we'll do next!
Pumped to try and get an e-bike fleet for Swan!