WHILE most city mayors use a car to get about, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin will, for the most part, be using pedal power to get to appointments around the city.
Realising the first citizen’s fondness for cycling, Tribikes in Raheen gave Mayor McLoughlin a new bike.
Codenamed the ‘Giant Defy Two’, the bike is designed for commuting and road racing, according to Tribikes boss Wayne McMahon.
“We wanted to promote cycling within the city, and presenting the mayor with a bike is a good start in supporting cycling,” he explained.
Wayne said the mayor was delighted to receive a bike from the company.
Mayor McLoughlin confirmed he will mainly be getting about on bike - despite having the keys to a state-of-the-art motor car with his job.
“I cycle because I really enjoy it, but also I am very aware of my carbon footprint. The bike is kind to the environment. As a sport lover I see it as a way to stay fit and healthy. So my vehicle of choice for city movement is the bike,” he said.
He said that cycling is a much better weight-loss option than running - especially “if you’re a little larger than you’d like to be”.
“Think about it – two to three times your body weight goes crashing through your body when your foot strikes the ground. If you weigh 16 stone, that’s a lot of force! Instead, start out on a bike – most of your weight is taken by the saddle, so your skeleton doesn’t take a battering,” the Mayor advised.