City of Subiaco - Local cycling business is booming as people take up cycling during COVID
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Local cycling business is booming as people take up cycling during COVID
Thursday 23 April 2020
 

While COVID-19 restrictions have meant many businesses are suffering, some are proving more popular than ever as people are forced to slow down and adjust their lifestyle.

With gyms closed and social restrictions in place, accessible outdoor exercise that you can do solo or with your household has made a resurgence, in particular – cycling.

Subiaco is blessed with a number of great cycling shops, including Bike Bug on Rokeby Road which has seen a large spike in sales during the COVID crisis, according to owner Clive De Senneville.

“We’re seeing a mix of new people and people who are getting the bike out of the shed after a few years and getting it fixed up,” he said.

“A lot more people are buying bikes for their kids now and even the enthusiasts are riding more.”

With an all-time high number of people working from home and home-schooling, cycling is also allowing people to look after their, and their families, physical and mental wellbeing during this time.

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said it was fantastic to see the community supporting these local businesses.

“Subiaco not only has some great independent bike shops, but it is also a wonderful place to cycle around,” she said.

“We have a great network of paths, and we have some lovely parks where you can take the kids to practice without their trainer wheels.”

And if you’re a cyclist (new or old!), the City wants your input on a new Bike Plan that will help manage future growth of cycling infrastructure in the City.

Let us know what areas you think present cycling-related issues or require additional infrastructure, as well as things you think work well and should be expanded upon by visiting our community engagement hub website.

Did you know?

  • Subiaco is home to multiple cycling and cycling apparel shops, including Bike Bug, Bike More, Pedal Mafia and Bike Dr.
  • The City of Subiaco is developing a Bike Plan which will will help manage future growth of cycling infrastructure in the City. Consultation is now open so you can help inform this plan.
  • The WA Department of Health found that people who exercised before work or at lunchtime improved their time and workload management, and it boosted their motivation and their ability to deal with stress.