Armadale: a bike ride with an instant reward


Harry Lovell enjoys a smoothie with his mum Katrina, while Gracie and Nishel Florisson and Araminta and Carey Hoare wait for City of Armadale recreation officer to whip them up a drink on the city’s blender bike.
Harry Lovell enjoys a smoothie with his mum Katrina, while Gracie and Nishel Florisson and Araminta and Carey Hoare wait for City of Armadale recreation officer to whip them up a drink on the city’s blender bike.

ARMADALE youngsters enjoyed a smoothie thanks to the hard work of City of Armadale recreation officer Gabrielle Gardos riding the City’s blender bike.

Ms Gardos has been demonstrating the novel machine to youngsters, parents and school students as part of the official opening of the Harrisdale shopping centre recently.

The bike was set up out the front of the Five Seasons Fresh shop, which provided the ingredients for the delicious drinks.

The bike is a combination of a blender and recycled exercise bike donated from the City’s Drop n Shop.

It was used recently by Westfield Primary School for a full week in May with classes participating in activities.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said it had also been used at the Armadale Health Services’ workplace health and wellbeing launch.

“With over half of our residents not achieving the recommended levels of physical activity or daily fruit intake, the blender bike is a great way to get active and make your own healthy smoothie,” Cr Zelones said.

“We’ve had many enquiries from community groups but we weren’t able to accommodate some as it was already booked out.”

It has been booked for a number of activities for food rescue organisation Oz Harvest and West Coast Eagles home games during July and August.

Cr Zelones said the Heart and Soul Men’s Shed is renowned for their intricate wood sculpting.

It looks like they might be making another blender bike or two soon to keep up with community demand.