Pedalling to good health
October is WA bike month and people are being encouraged to get on their bikes and start pedalling to see the known benefits.
The annual celebration of bike riding promotes people of all ages and abilities riding bikes for transport, fun and for a healthier lifestyle.
There is also a focus on supporting local businesses to assist in the COVID-19 recovery.
Melo Velo store manager Brad Linfield said buying from local bike shops was very important
“Being local we try to support as many riding teams and individuals at as many different events as we can, without the local support in return we can’t do that,” he said.
Mr Linfield said Melo Velo encouraged bike riding all year round.
“The benefits to riding a bike I think are endless, it’s a great way to get out in the community and meet people,” he said.
“The mountain biking trails we have, whether it’s in Bunbury, the new trails in Collie, Ferguson Valley it really is fantastic, and we have a great cycling community.”
Maximum Results exercise physiologist Allan Gell said bike riding was one of the most beneficial activities because people of any age could get involved.
It doesn’t discriminate on age, you can be 10, 20 or 80 and still bike ride,
Mr Gell said the recommended daily exercise amount of 30 minutes every day was easily achieved with bike riding.
“People can manage their own intensity which means you can make it as hard or as light as you need,” he said.
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