As the sun is rising earlier, so should we! When you think about starting your day the best way possible you might say something like eat some fruit, have a smoothie, do some exercise, these are all great things to do to be energized and ready to start the day.

The Environmental and Health Promotion Teams at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) go for a ride on Friday mornings, with their Bicycle User Group (BUG). The BUG originally started because a few keen riders in our Environmental team wanted to get together to go cycling, it is great to have riders who know the cycle paths to keep the routes diverse and interesting.

The BUG cycle alternative routes around the Swan River, from Ascot to Guilford, East Perth, Bayswater, Maylands and Belmont. Before they leave, they always make sure their bikes are working, everything is safe and they put on their helmets on and take off.

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Doing this is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. It also gives the staff an opportunity to interact and socialise out of their usual professional working environment. The cycle routes take anywhere between 40mins - 1.5hrs, the BUG stop to have breakfast and a coffee, to chat and reflect on their enjoyable, relaxing morning ride.

One member of the BUG team said “You don’t have to be fit or be a great bike rider at all. We do alternative rides to Garvey Park, which is a short ride with easy terrain so anyone can come along”. The BUG at the EMRC love riding and encourage more people to get out and do it too.

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Kylie (Your Move)

Hi Tarnika, Great to hear the EMRC has a BUG. BUGs are a great resource for new cyclists - the members usually have lots of great tips on safe cycling routes for newbies. I have given you 40 additional activity points for hosting a regular ride. Have you guys headed down Belmont's new Safe Active Street (Surrey Road) yet?

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