Cycling proves successful

A TRIAL to encourage people to use alternative transport methods is showing interesting results.

To date, participants in the Cycling 100 program have exceeded their target kilometres by an average of 25 per cent.

Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said this meant each of the 57 cyclists taking part in the project had cycled an average of 181 kilometres per month for a cumulative total of 10,331 kilometres.

“This project shows there are simple ways Perth people can change their commuter habits and make a positive impact on our air quality,” Mrs Edwardes said.

Each weekday, 90 per cent of the 65,000 vehicles that travel in and out of Perth carry only the driver.

In the first four months of the project, participants covered a total of 41,000 kilometres. The same distance in an average-sized car would produce 9.2 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Mrs Edwardes said the benefits to WA would be considerable if only 5 per cent of commuters chose to cycle to work.

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