New eco-fleet runs on pedal power
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
IF you want to knock the kilograms off, maybe a turn at the Ecovillage will help you out.
Workers at the environmentally-friendly community site in Currumbin are riding bicycles everywhere after the unveiling of the "eco-fleet" a few weeks ago.
Bike manufacturer Malvern Star and local Currumbin resident Gary Walker have donated some of the bikes to create what is thought to be the region's first "emission-free and fitness-enhancing" fleet of corporate vehicles.
Ecovillage marketing manager Kerry Shepherd said the bikes had become a valuable resource for the team of workers and she wondered why more companies didn't try to harness pedal power.
"The fitness aspect is one thing but to get in a car and drive out, it would be quicker by bike anyway around here, just like anywhere really, so why would you bother," Ms Shepherd said.
"You can get on your bike and ride straight through a place and cross-country to get on the road and the staff are loving it."
The new fleet of 20 bikes is an excellent addition to the Ecovillage's existing fleet of enviro-friendly transport which already includes "Solar Baby", the solar-powered car, and two 4WDs that utilise bio-diesel (treated vegetable oil) for fuel.