FORGET car pools, Orange City Council is going green with the introduction of hybrid bikes for staff.
Council has purchased two hybrid bikes for $3000 in the hope staff will use them for short commutes around Orange.
The bikes can be run on pedal power, but also have a rechargeable battery.
Councillor Ash Brown took the bike for a test ride yesterday and hopes staff will grab the opportunity to take them for a spin.
“The effort of riding is outweighed by the battery,” he said.
An overnight charge will give the bike’s battery hours of riding time and staff can then choose to pedal their way across town or sit back and use throttle for battery power.
“I think we should get more of them, one in every council building,” Cr Brown said.
“Orange is becoming more bike friendly.”
Council development services director David Waddell said council wanted to lead by example in the push for more people to ride bikes.
“I’d expect that they’d be used daily,” he said.
Mr Waddell hopes staff will embrace the idea and start using the bikes rather than council cars for trips around Orange.
“The health benefits of bicycles are well known,” he said.
The unveiling of the hybrid bikes was held in the lead-up to Bike Week, which kicks off on Saturday, September 14.
There will be several events during the week, including with family rides, an adult bike skills session, school bike days and endurance rides.
Mr Waddell says this is council’s third year of participating in Bike Week.
“We’re not trying to target the lycra brigade, which is very strong in Orange, we’re more trying to target the family and get them to dust off their bikes,” he said.