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Chief executive officers cycle more often than their employees, a Bicycle SA survey has found.

The “Business of Cycling” survey, which attracted 600 respondents, found one in five CEOs cycle more than 200km per week, while just eight per cent of the general population surveyed did the same.

Overall, 40 per cent of the South Australian employees surveyed said they cycled between five and 10 hours a week.

A majority – 60 per cent – of the CEOs that responded said they chose to ride their bicycle while overseas or interstate.

The majority of the CEOs surveyed said they believe the state’s cycling culture is important to attract prospective employees.

Angelique Boileau, managing director of Boileau Business Technology, a sponsor of cycling events, said cycling helped her to cope with the pressures of business.

“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,” she said.

“It is not only an escape, but it is keeping me fit and healthy in the process.”

More than 60 per cent of those surveyed overall identified a need to improve end of trip facilities.

Of the CEOs, 70 per cent said end-of-trip facilities at workplaces needed improvement.

“Providing bike facilities and a positive culture in the workplace are important steps towards encouraging colleagues to not only commute by bike, but also a way of having productive workers that take less sick days,” said the general manager of Bicycle SA Michael Bridge.

“Leaders who understand the benefits that cycling can bring to their business have the edge over their competitors.”

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