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Bicycle SA says bosses are beating workers on the bike

Anglique Boileau, managing director of Boileau Business Technology, rides regularly.

IT turns out the image of the cycling CEO is real with bosses outpacing their employees on the bike.

A Bicycle SA survey of more than 600 respondents shows 60 per cent of bosses cycle five to 10 hours a week compared to 40 per cent of employees.

About one in five chief executives cycle more than 200km a week while they also tend to join more organised rides.

Managing director of Boileau Business Technology, Angelique Boileau, said cycling was comparable to chief executives playing golf back in the days.

“I cycle at least two to three times every week up Norton Summit and back in the early mornings before work,”she said.

Ms Boileau cycles to Crafers during weekends and said it helped her clear her head.

“Riding gets my creative juices flowing and provides me with the high that sustains me to manage the daily challenges that the current business environment creates.”

Sixty-three per cent of chief executives also believe South Australia’s cycling culture is important when attracting prospective workers.

“Part of the corporate culture is about attracting the right people to the workplace,” general manager of Bicycle SA, Michael Bridge, said.

He said the leadership role held by chief executives and business owners can motivate the workforce and the community to take part in cycling.

“Business owners can be quite proactive in encouraging the workforce to be active,” Mr Bridge said.

“CEOs can encourage staff to ride to a meeting instead of using a car.”

About two thirds of the participants said end of trip cycling facilities at workplaces could be improved.

Mr Bridge said there was a strong desire for facilities such as bike parking at workplaces, places to hang up clothes and shower facilities.

Ms Boileau said her workplace had shower facilities and her staff were increasingly cycling to work.

More than 70 per cent of South Australians surveyed cite improved physical health as their main motivation for riding with 32 per cent riding for better mental wellbeing.