Bike Hike pushes asthma message


Sloan, Summer, Matt, Julie, Mia and Tenley Burton prepare for the Freeway Bike Hike on April 3.
Sloan, Summer, Matt, Julie, Mia and Tenley Burton prepare for the Freeway Bike Hike on April 3.

Burton, his wife Julie and daughters Sloan (14), Mia (13), Summer (10) and Tenley (9) will ride the 10km from Stirling Station to Elizabeth Quay to raise money and awareness for the Asthma Foundation of WA (AFWA).

Burton said the Mt Claremont family often cycled together near Lake Claremont.

“For us it’s more about family fitness,” he said.

“We all go riding together and we’re just lucky none of us suffer from asthma.”

The Burton family will ride alongside hundreds of others in the annual event, which benefits Telethon as well as AFWA.

The funds raised will go towards respiratory research and increasing awareness of asthma, which affects 10 per cent of the WA population.

Organisers hope more than 8000 participants will take to the freeway, divided into 60km, 30km, 10km and 1km lengths, which all end in Perth City.

AFWA chief executive David Johnson said the organisation could not operate without support and collaboration with Main Roads, the Perth Transport Authority, local councils and WA Police.

“We are thrilled to be supported by ECU for our 2016 Freeway Bike Hike event, allowing us to continue to provide a first-class cycling event, whilst raising awareness and funds for AFWA,” Mr Johnson said.

Visit www.freewaybikehike.com.au.