Bicycle, bicycle, downtown city employees are being encouraged to ride their bicycles to get to and from work or to and from business meetings through a new bike sharing pilot program.

City workers will have access to 25 bikes that will be available to employees who work in offices within the downtown.

“I am seeing a whole bunch more people riding bikes than I am used to,” said Coun. Ben Henderson, who rode his bike to Churchill Square to help launch the program Thursday.

“I already think people are catching on to this program.”

Dot Laing, the city’s active Edmonton program co-ordinator, says the new cycling program will help boost physical activity among workers by 10 per cent if it’s successful and it will be offered to employees who don’t usually cycle.

If the program is successful, Laing says the program could run again next year.