Bicycle Network: Regular commuter
Commuters spotted commuting
Sometimes short distances, sometimes long. Whether in work clothes or lycra. If you would like to be profiled, contact us.
Melissa, Project Manager
Spotted : Ascot Vale
Age : 39
How often : Every day
Distance : A relaxing 9km ride each way using bike paths and bike lanes wherever possible.
Loves : Avoiding public transport woes: being crushed, paying money for inconsistent service. Getting my exercise in during the time when I need to travel anyway, and it takes 10 minutes less.
Her workplace is very bike friendly, with indoor bike rakcs and showers. And it shows, as over 50% of employees there regularly ride to work.
Phil, Technical Officer
Spotted : Cheltenham
Age : 53
Commuting for : 20 years
How often : Every Day
Distance : At first it was a 5km commute and so was easy. Now I live 22kms from work - I started riding just one way each day (train the other half) but it wasn't long before I could do the whole distance.
Loves : Riding different routes to keep things interesting - via the beach, the river or back street routes.
Change : (A positive change) When I started riding, there were only about 5 or so riders, but now there are sometimes 40 bikes crammed in! I believe I may have inspired some of those.
Spotted : William Street, Collingwood
Age : 31 (and 5 months pregnant)
Commuting for : 6 years
How often : Every day I go into the office
Distance : 6km return
Loves : Feeling refreshed and energised when I arrive, getting where I need to go quickly and door-to-door, getting in some exercise without even having to think about it, not being beholden to public transport timetables and not being squashed into a carriage with other, often grumpy, commuters.
Change : Wide, separated bike lanes the whole route. Cycling down Collins Street during peak hour can be quite hairy - bike lanes don't exist, disappear suddenly, are very narrow plus cars and delivery vans love parking in the way.
Naomi, HR Manager
Spotted : Capital City Trail
Age : 40
Commuting for : 7 years
How often : Every day I work
Distance : 7.5km
Loves : Doing exercise while getting to work. Avoiding public transport.
Change : The fact that Royal Park has its own curious weather patterns that ensure if it's going to rain anywhere, it's going to rain there.
Spotted : Docklands Highway, Melbourne
Commuting for : 10 years
How often : 5 days per week
Distance : 10 km
Loves : The exercise, and the feeling of achievement it gives me.
Change : Make things safer. Footscray Road has some hairy bits.
Spotted: Moonee Ponds Creek Trail : Melbourne
Commuting for : 10 years.
How often : Every day, unless there's a massive downpour
Distance : 11km
Loves : "I love being on the bike path. It's a healthy start and finish to the day, and it's some 'me' time."
Change: "Drivers to be better educated on road rules."
Riding to work is for anyone and the Ride2Work program is all about jumping on your bike and giving it a go. If you have a story to tell and would like to be profiled and feature on this page and potentially in our monthly eNews or local media articles, please contact us.