Look out! The City of Swan has signed up for the Bike Month Challenge!! After a super successful Bike Week earlier in the year and an extremely encouraging turn out at the Ride 2 Work breakfast, we are ready to take on the next challenge for the whole month of November. As we promote the challenge to staff over the next couple of weeks we hope to rally a dynamic team of riders from all over the City. We are calling anyone and everyone who is keen to get on their bikes whether they be regulars, first timers, commuters or leisure seekers. We are excited to be a part of this fun, friendly challenge and hope that it will encourage our employees to ride their bikes for personal well-being and environmental sustainability. Bring it on!
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To celebrate Ride 2 Work Day, the City of Swan held a breakfast event for everyone who rode their bikes during the journey to work. We saw 12 staff members from the Administration building and Landgate attend, with all bringing appetites as we served up bacon & egg sandwiches, fresh fruit platters and muffins. The courtyard was packed with the bikes of regular riders, aspiring cyclists and even some who dusted theirs off just for the event! There was a great atmosphere with everyone chatting about all things bikes, sharing stories and even offering some assistance with hands on repairs where needed. We hope to carry this momentum beyond today and into next month as we take on Bike Month!!
We are excited to announce that two brand new electric bikes have arrived at the City of Swan! These Uni Ryder step-though e-bikes are powered by a 250 watt motor and 5 levels of pedal assist so they are perfect for anyone to ride, no matter your age or ability. The bikes are available to all staff in the Administration building and Operations Center for use during work hours. With one bike stationed at each location, there many ways to make the most of this mode of active transport. Our staff now have the option of riding to their meeting instead of taking a car, pedaling to Swan Active Midland for a workout or just takes one out for a spin during their lunch break on a sunny day. For convenience, each bike comes equipped with its own helmet, bell, lights, pannier bags and rear basket so any gear can be carried with ease. By promoting the e-bikes we are encouraging both environmental sustainability by reducing carbon emissions as well as an improvement in personal health and well-being. For these reasons, our aim is to encourage more people to adopt alternative modes of transport for their daily commute on a regular basis. As you can see, our Executive Manager for Community Well-being, Mark Bishop was keen to take one out for a test ride!
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.
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!
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