Pollies pedal into NSW Bike Week
Whether it’s for sport, charity or social reasons, our Federal and State Parliamentary teams aren’t afraid to get on their bikes and get moving. With NSW Bike Week (17 – 25 Sept) now in its 22nd year, our members are encouraging locals to join in the fun and participate in celebratory events across the state.
The Nationals are building a reputation as masters of the sport with more than one known to roll into Parliament of a morning or travel on two wheels around their electorate. With a deeper understanding of the mental and physical benefits of the pastime than most, The Nationals, as part of the NSW Government, have committed to investing more than $248 million in cycling and walking infrastructure and upgrades over the next four years to help grow the number of people who ride for leisure and to and from work.
But they’re not just providing funding; our Nationals’ members are displaying their genuine love by donning the lycra and riding to support non-for-profit organisations and promote NSW Bike Week. As an advocate for the Royal Far West, Melinda Pavey recently pedalled in the charity’s annual Ride for Country Kids from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour alongside keen young Nats and other enthusiasts. Leslie Williams, Andrew Fraser and Sarah Mitchell played an important role in the support crew and together rose over $13,700 for the organisation.
Their federal counterparts David Gillespie, Mark Coulton and Luke Hartsuyker joined the peloton with Victorian Nat Darren Chester and former Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile in the Pollie Pedal peloton for Carers Australia – the peak body representing and advocating for carers across our nation.
With over 80 organised rides within NSW over Bike Week, there’s sure to be an event close to you. So whether you and your family are still learning or an expert rider, make sure you take part in the initiative.
To find out which community groups are hosting events or for more information about NSW Bike Week visit: http://transportnsw.info/bikeweek.