Doctor supports physical, mental health benefits of cycling

Dr Aron Chakera cycles to work daily. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d491218
Dr Aron Chakera cycles to work daily. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491218

SIR Charles Gairdner Hospital medical research director Aron Chakera knows the physical and mental benefits of cycling daily.

“I cycle with my kids to school, and I’ve been lucky in that it’s an opportunity to talk to each other and I can be part of their day, because otherwise we would have been driving in the car listening to the radio or getting annoyed by the traffic,” Dr Chakera said.

Across Perth, bike trips, information sessions and cycling breakfasts are being held from March 15-25 for those who ride for transport, fun and health during the promotion of eco-friendly pedal-power as part of Bike Week.

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“Just by cycling to work and back I’m getting 30 minutes of daily exercise four to five times a week,” Dr Chakera said.

“The cardio burst on the way home keeps you going afterwards.”

Dr Chakera has also found mental health benefits from time to yourself to organise the day on the way into work and an opportunity to wind-down during the ride home.

 

Dr Chakera cycles daily

However, those thinking of getting back in the saddle may wish to take a few precautions if they haven’t peddled for a while.

“If you’ve never cycled before make sure your bike is roadworthy, and maybe consult your GP, but don’t make it too difficult for yourself to get back on the bike,” Dr Chakera said.

jon.bassett@communitynews.com.au

— Bike Week starts today, with events across Perth until March 25

  • Mosman Park – Life’s Better with a Bike maintenance and skills workshop at Mann Oval on Wednesday, March 20 from 3.30pm. Parents can also bring their bikes. Register at tompbikeworkshop.eventbrite.com.au.
  • Mosman Park – Ride 2 School Day, Friday, March 22.
  • Mosman Park – Pimped out Pushies competition for customised bikes, Mosman Park Community Fair, Mann Oval, March 24.
  • City of Melville Back on your Bike, 9am March 16.
  • City of Fremantle Light Me Up Rode, 6pm-8pm, March 16.
  • City of Joondalup, The Bike Doctor, 8am, March 17.
  • Bike Week at the Victoria Park Farmers’ Market, 8am-noon, March 17.
  • Jarrahdale Munda Biddi Cruise and Try the Trail hosted By The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, 8.30am-2pm, March 17.
  • City of Melville bicycle maintenance, 9am-noon, March 17.
  • City of Fremantle Rusty Riders, 2pm- 6pm, March 17.
  • City of Melville Community Ride Program, 1pm-4pm, March 18.
  • City of Subiaco Bike to Work breakfast, 6.30am-8.30 am, March 20.
  • Town of Cambridge Bicycle Pit-stop, between Jersey and Simper Streets Wembley, 3.00-7.00pm, March 16.
  • City of Fremantle Cycle School, Goodwood Parade boat ramp, Rivervale at 3.30pm-5.30pm, March 20.
  • City of Belmont Bike Breakfast, 6.30am-8.30am March 22.
  • City of Wanneroo, Bike Week breakfast, 7am-9am, March 22.
  • City of Melville Back on your Bike, 9am-11am, March 16 and 23.
  • City of Melville Community Ride Program, 6pm-8pm, March 18 and 25 and April 1.
  • Murdoch Meander at Murdoch University, 8.30am-1.30pm, March 17
  • Mt Lawley Bike Market, Saturday, March 16 from 8am-noon at the Barlee Street Carpark.
  • City of Vincent Bike Week Breakfast, Wednesday, March 20 from 7-9am at Axford Park, Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn.
  • City of Vincent Bike Wash, Thursday, March 21 from 4-6pm, Bourke Street Principal Shared Path, Leederville.
  • City of Canning, Canning River Ride, Kent Street Weir Park, March 24 from 9am onwards.
  • Vic Park Farmers’ Market, Bike Week at John MacMillan Park, Kent Street, 8am – 12pm, March 17.

Send your Bike Week photos to news@wsweekly.com.au.

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