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On yer bike! Councillors get pedalling and hope to encourage others
It's something many people would like to tell politicians to do - but some of Ealing's Councillors are actually doing it.
They've got on their bikes to save money, help the environment and tackle obesity.
Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell is aiming to cycle 2,012 miles in 2012 as part of his Olympic ‘get set challenge.’ He has cycled more than 800 miles since early April.
He said: “I’m enjoying the exercise and fresh air and every time I pass a petrol station I’m reminded how much money I’m saving.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said:
“I cycle to work most days and it’s a great way to get around. No more waiting for buses, delayed trains or sitting in traffic on my commute.
It's National Bike Week 16-24 June and councillors have agreed a series of principles to encourage more people to cycle.
Meanwhile Ealing's first official bicycle hub will open in Haven Green in July. It's hoped it will offer more secure, covered and well-lit cycle parking.
The new cycle stand will be covered by CCTV and will increase the existing amount of cycle parking places available from 74 to 123. It will also include a separate folding cycle hire facility.
A series of Dr Bike Sessions, which help cyclists find out what may be wrong with their bikes and how to fix them, are being held to mark National Bike Week:
Saturday 16 June: Melbourne Avenue, West Ealing 2-5pm
12th June 2012