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Here's the latest on the Ride2Work revolution.
6 October 2016. Make it a full day of fun on National Ride2Work Day, 12 October, by celebrating the ride home too.
With their premium position on the bustling commuter route of the Capital City Trail and a delightful urban parkland setting, it won’t be too hard to entice riders to stop and celebrate their ride.
From 5.30pm there will be bike-related movies, free finger food and a free Bicycle Beer for anyone who follows Velo Cycles on Facebook or Instagram (while stocks last).
Another perennially bike-friendly Melbourne venue, Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond, will also be welcoming riders to celebrate cycling home. You can wheel your bike right in to the inside bike parking and claim a free pot as a righteous pedaller.
The question is, why haven’t we been doing this for years? The next question is, where’s your local likely venue? I’m sure they’d be amenable to a mass roll-up. Share your nominations on Facebook.
So whether you prefer the fresh buzz of a breakfast or the chilled vibe of an after-work bevvy, make sure you make time to celebrate riding this Ride2Work day.
Tasmanians: join Ride2Work Day this spring and have a free brekkie on us
8 September 2016. With spring sunshine beginning to grace the country, Bicycle Network’s Ride2Work program is calling on Tasmanians from all professions to wake their bikes from winter hibernation and embrace the two-wheeled commute.
With more than 68,000 registrations nationally, Ride2Work is the largest national behaviour change program of its kind, uniting Australian communities each year in a national celebration of pedal power.
This year’s National Ride2Work Day will take place on Wednesday 12 October at free community breakfasts at riding hotspots.
Tasmanians are being encouraged to join in the celebration at one of three breakfasts:
- Mawson Place, Waterside Pavilion, Argyle Street: 7.00am–9:30am
- University of Tasmania: Dobson Road, Sandy Bay: 8:00am–10:00am
- Quadrant Mall: 7.00am–9:30am
If you’re hosting a community breakfast, please contact Ride2Work here so that we can add it to our list and help you get the word out.
Bicycle Network’s General Manager of Behaviour Change, Tess Allaway, said that with almost 66% of Australians not physically active enough, encouraging more people to ride to work builds a happy and healthy community and also tackles the soaring costs related to health and traffic congestion.
“Riding a bike to and from work is one of the best ways to get fit and active, reduce stress, beat the traffic, save money and even have a bit of fun along the way,” Ms Allaway said.
“Spring is the perfect time to get back on the bike – the sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom and you’ll get to enjoy and experience it all up close while pedalling your way to work.”
Bicycle Network’s Ride2Work program prides itself on its success in getting more people out of cars and onto bikes by providing the tools, support and advice that new riders and workplaces need.
“Nearly half of all people who rode to work for the first time on National Ride2Work Day 2015 told us that they are now riding every week,” Ms Allaway added.
“By joining our free Ride2Work program, many people find the confidence and support they need to get on their bikes, and discover just how easy it is to ride to work.”
Let us get your workplace riding more often
15 June 2016. The Bicycle Network team has hosted numerous workplace breakfasts and workshops and launched new bike parking facilities as part of our Ride2Work campaign.
Workplaces getting involved across the state include:
- NSW Police,
- University of Technology Sydney,
- Sydney Airport,
- The Royal North Shore hospital (above),
- and a host of others.
The interest in the program demonstrates the importance employees place on building active transport to and from work and the role it needs to play in our lives.
If you would like Bicycle Network come to your workplace, make sure you drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to start booking your place as we head towards spring.
Huge thanks to CELL bikes
Many thanks to our supporters CELL bikes for encouraging commuters to keep moving. The proud winner of the CELL Fitzroy is Leah Cave, who registered her Ride2Work participation at Union Square in Autumn.
Join us for coffee this Wednesday 27 April in North Sydney
As part of our Ride2Work in Autumn program, Bicycle Network are holding a breakfast from 7 to 9am at Bay Ten Espresso in Lavender Bay. It’s a great chance to meet our Sydney team and share your ideas and thoughts on what Bicycle Network can keep doing for riders in the state.
We will have the coffee brewing, the team from The Body Mechanic servicing bikes and stacks of information on how people can start riding.
If you are in the area this Wednesday, come down and make yourself known to us. We encourage you to bring along any mates who are keen to join the riding community and need that extra bit of encouragement to get out and ride.
We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Ride2Work Day Follow-Up Survey, 2016
Every March we like to check in with participants to monitor progress, habits and find out a little bit more about you and your journey to work.
The National Ride2Work Day Follow-up Survey for 2016 is now open! Your answers will help us evaluate the impact of the 2015 program as well as plan ahead for 2016.
By participating you could also win 1 of 8 awesome KNOG commuter packs including a cabana lock, blinder front light and a N.E.R.D computer valued at over $150! Simply complete the survey before 5pm, Friday 1 April (AEDST). Terms and conditions of the competition can be viewed here.
The survey takes around 5 minutes to complete.
7 April 2016. Bicycle Network is encouraging commuters to join a Ride2Work breakfast across Sydney this Autumn.
The Ride2Work in Autumn campaign has enjoyed a cracking first month with more than 500 riders joining our Ride2Work breakfasts in North Sydney and Union Square and 200 new riders signing up to the commuter community.
These new riders have received Start Riding packs and are taking advantage of the Bicycle Network run bike buses to discover the best routes from their homes to the city.
Through April and May, the Bicycle Network team will be out on the streets again cheering on riders with free breakfasts and giveaways.
Come join the team between 7am and 8am at:
• Lane Cove, Thursday April 7th
• Manly, Tuesday May 3rd (group ride to the CBD leaving at 7am)
• Willoughby, Thursday May 5th
• Newcastle, Wheeler Parade, Thursday May 12th (TBC)
• George Street cycleway at Prince Alfred Park, Thursday 19th May
If you have friends or family who might want to try riding to work this autumn, get them to sign up and we’ll help them get started. Plus you’ll go in the draw to win a Cell Fitzroy 2.0 for referring them.
10 March 2016. Bicycle Network’s Ride2Work in Autumn campaign launched last week to a warm welcome in North Sydney.
Keeping the momentum from a summer of record riding numbers, Bicycle Network and three north shore councils: North Sydney, Lane Cove and Willoughby joined forces to show riders their support. Riders were given breakfast snacks, free coffee, tune-ups and a range of giveaways, including the chance to win a new Cell Bike.
In the face of tough new anti-cycling laws it was a welcome opportunity for riders to come together and celebrate what they love.
Over the next three months, Bicycle Network will be joining forces with 10 more councils and workplaces that are keen to show their support for riding.
The events are not just a celebration of those who already ride, but are also an opportunity to encourage more people to get on their bike.
Any new riders who sign up to Ride2Work will receive a free gift pack to help them start riding, and on Thursday 7 April, the Bicycle Network team will be running a bike bus to show new riders the way from Lane Cove to the CBD. So help us spread the word and get more people on bikes than ever!
NSW Celebrates Ride2Work Day
21 October 2015. Last week saw thousands of riders coming together from across NSW to celebrate riding as part of Bicycle Network’s National Ride2Work Day.
National Ride2Work Day is the largest celebration of commuter bike riding in Australia.
Held annually since 2006, the day encourages people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and it allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their workmates to get involved.
Bicycle Network’s General Manager of Behaviour Change, Tess Allaway, said that with almost two-thirds of Australians not physically active enough to stay healthy, riding to work is a great way to get active, de-stress and save money on petrol and parking.
“Riding to work is a fun, easy and convenient way to fit exercise into our busy schedules, plus commuting by bike saves you time and money,” Ms Allaway said.
Ms Allaway said that National Ride2Work Day plays an important role in inspiring hundreds of thousands of Australians to embrace pedal power and get active.
“More than 60% of riders who start commuting by bike to work on Ride2Work Day found the confidence and support they needed to regularly ride twelve months later,” Ms Allaway said.
The events in NSW ranged from private workplace events, such as those at Google and Optus, to large council run events, such as those in Parramatta and North Sydney. Riders at these events were treated to free breakfasts, tune-ups and a range of giveaways and prizes.
With nearly 3000 riders and 13 exhibitors, North Sydney took the prize for the state’s largest breakfast.
A huge thank you to all those riders out there who joined Bicycle Network in making this year’s National Ride2Work day one of the biggest yet!
The Ride2Work team have been out and about this month promoting National Ride2Work Day which is fast approaching on Wednesday 14th October. Riding to work is a great way to ensure you’re getting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
According to the Department of Health, regular physical activity can help:
- achieve and keep a healthy body weight
- lower both total blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase HDL (or the "good" cholesterol)
- reduce blood pressure in people who already have hypertension (high blood pressure)
- reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and possibly other cancers
- reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression
- build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
If you’re thinking about getting in to riding, join the commuter community on National Ride2Work Day and be supported by your fellow riders!
Jeremy Grey from Henty will be at the Hobart breakfast promoting the great products that they make and sell successfully all over the world. Funnily enough, it is not well known even in its own state!
We are giving away a Wingman suit bag to the Tasmanian workplace coordinator who has the highest number of riders registered for Ride2Work in 2015.
We also have a prize giveaway for a lucky Hobart breakfast attendee on Wednesday 14th October. Just leave your details and we will draw one lucky person to receive a fantastic Henty Wingman.
Related news - Hobart city opens up to workers on two wheels
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29 September 2015. New riders in Northern Sydney are encouraged to join in free group rides into the CBD on Ride2Work day.
The Easy Riders commuter group will be running bike ‘buses’ into town from Gordon on Ride2Work Day morning.
It is a great way for the new riders (or even the more experienced) to have company and support as you gain confidence in riding to work.
There will be three rides, leaving from the Recreation Ground on Werona Avenue in Gordon at 6.45am, 7.00am and 7.15am. Each ride has a ride master and will be gently paced with re-groups along the way.
Riders who live closer to the city can meet a ride en route from the following points:
Killara Station, Werona Ave
Lindfield Station, Lindfield Ave
Cnr Clanville Rd / Hill St
Cnr Archer St / Victoria Ave
Harbour Bridge Steps
A number of meeting locations along the route will also be participating in National Ride2Work Day breakfasts so you can refuel along the way.
Easy Rides will also help new riders get home with rides leaving from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Steps, near the Observatory at 5.15pm. 5.30pm, 6.00pm and 6.30pm.
For further information about the rides please visit the Easy Riders website.
23 September 2015. Make sure you commute to work on a bike on Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 14 October and show everyone in NSW that riding to work is going big across the state.
National Ride2Work Day is an important day for commuters, with many enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of riding to work for the first time.
You can register for Ride2Work day for free online. By registering at ride2work.com.au you’ll be part of a growing and supportive community who are already enjoying the benefits of increased physical activity that riding to work offers.
Ride2Work registrations also make a powerful statement and are crucial in ensuring the continuous improvement of bike facilities across Australia. Registrations demonstrate to governments and employers that people are riding bikes to work, and that many more will ride if the right investments are made into facilities.
This week North Sydney Council unveiled their Ride2Work Day flags which will be flying high in the streets of North Sydney for the next six weeks. It is great to see the council show such a public display of support for riding in their community.
There are a number of free community breakfasts across the state that we encourage riders to get along to enjoy the commuter community. A map of breakfast events can be found here.
Bicycle Network will be attending a number of events including:
- Harbour Bridge, Bradfield Park 7-9am
- Union Square 7-9am
- Macquarie Park 7.30-9.30am
- Parramatta River between Lennox and Barry Wilde Bridges 7-9am
We are also supporting R2W registered breakfasts around the state including multiple universities, councils, corporate workplaces and local health districts.
If you are hosting a community breakfast please register to encourage bike riders to attend.
Top 3 Commuting tips from CELL
Spring’s here. Winter’s gone. Time to ride!
You’re feeling the sunshine, you’re inspired by more and more riders out and about. The promise of freedom from your car has you raring to go. Ready to start the day with a huge smile on your face?
1. Puncture prep
Small, compact, easy to carry, the Bike Rider Co2 starter kit in your jersey pocket or (even better) your saddle bag is worth its weight in gold.
Remember to recycle your cartridges!
2. Let it flow
The simple secret to top cycling performance? Stay hydrated. If you're thirsty, it's already too late!
Staying hydrated means a focused brain, cramp free muscles and reduced fatigue. Riding longer than 10km on a hot day? Fill a water bottle and stow it in a cage.
No room on your MTB for bottles or want to carry some extra gear? Wear a hydration pack. Smart riders enjoy electrolytes with a rehydration drink mix to replace essential salts lost through sweat, so your muscles are ready for the ride home too! Take small frequent sips. Avoid big gulps. A popular new recovery drink on the market now is Endura Low Carb Fuel Rehydration, which gives you the electrolytes with far less calories.
3. Disc brakes
One must-have safety feature are...DISC BRAKES.
Never tried a bike with discs? After riding one, you’ll never go back. Enhanced control. All-weather braking. Confidence inspiring stops means more fun. Say ‘goodbye’ to slippery, squishy, mushy caliper brakes and say ‘hello’ to reliable, smooth, predictable and powerful braking in the rain, mud, or wherever your riding takes you.
Ride2Work Tasmania launches
25 August 2015. With warmer weather around the corner, the 2015 National Ride2Work day was launched last week in Hobart by health promotion groups. This year’s National Ride2Work day is on Wednesday October 14th.
Heart Foundation, Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, TasCOSS and Bicycle Network all did a practice ride to Mawson Place the site of the community breakfast for Ride2Work on Hobart’s waterfront.
Riders came from Cornelian Bay in the north, Lower Sandy Bay shops in the south, Bellerive Beach in the east and C3 Church in the west.
The four rides are quite different, with the Bellerive route being the slowest and the most challenging, but still only took 32 minutes. Heart Foundation’s Graeme Lynch rode from C3 Church in South Hobart, a commute that took 11 minutes and was mostly off road. The ride from Lower Sandy Bay took 20 minutes and from Cornelian Bay took 14 minutes.
There will be experienced riders at each of the four locations on the morning of National Ride2Work day in October. If you know of someone who would like some tips and support, then meet up at one of those four locations.
Not only will the ride be fun with company, but riding in a group gives extra protection from traffic because you are easily seen.
For riders who want to avoid traffic altogether, you can start from Cornelian Bay and ride along the Intercity Cycleway to Mawson Place. Not only are there no cars, but it’s mostly flat.
The four rides all finish at the community breakfast at Mawson Place. Barista-made coffee will be free for riders, thanks to the co-sponsorship of the event by the City of Hobart. Bicycle Network will be providing bananas and baked goods between 6am and 9am.
For more information about the supported rides and to register your own ride for Ride2Work at www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rtw/
The Bicycle Network team will be hitting the streets of Melbourne in the lead up to Ride2Work Day, teaming up with Good Cycles on the 11th and 18th of September, offering free bike tune-ups at the following locations:
Harbour Esplanade North:
Date: Friday 11th September
Date: Friday 18th September
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Ride2Work registrations are now officially open for 2015. By registering for Ride2Work you join a community of over 50,000 riders who are revolutionising commuting and helping Bicycle Network to improve riding conditions nationwide.
New participants automatically go in to the draw to win your very own (yet to be released!) ultimate disc brake commuter bike, the Cell Ultimo 2.0, valued at $849*.
Current participants can also win by referring their friends and colleagues. If two or more people nominate you as the referral source in the ‘Who referred you to Ride2Work?' section on the registration page,you will automatically go in to the draw.*
**Please note the competition has been extended until Friday 30th October 2015.
The Bicycle Network team hit the streets in Sydney and Melbourne this week, promoting Ride2Work and encouraging riders to register. They celebrated the launch of National Ride2Work Day with a Ride2Work workplace breakfast in the Bourke Street office.
For the media release, click here.
Schools are Workplaces too!
This year Ride2School and Ride2Work are teaming up to encourage employees in Victorian schools to get riding to win prizes for their school.
National Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 14 October and we want YOU to get on your bikes and ride to work. Each staff member taking part needs to register for Ride2Work. Make sure to tick the box that states you are entering as part of the Ride2School initiative. Encourage as many staff members to take part as possible!
On National Ride2Work Day we will be running a social media competition for those who take part to win some fantastic prizes.
- 1st Prize - 10 free student entries to the 2016 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride
- 2nd Prize - A class set of bikes
- 3rd Prize - A school healthy breakfast
For more info on how to enter, please click here.
FREE support for workplaces in NSW to sustainably support cycling
Get Healthy at Work is a NSW Government initiative that aims to help more working-age Australians reduce their risk of lifestyle-related chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s a FREE workplace health service for every business in NSW – including yours!
How to adjust your brakes
Effective brakes are essential for bike commuting. Checking, adjusting and fine-tuning them requires few tools and takes only a few minutes. Read more here
Our Ride2Work team have been out and about engaging and empowering workplaces with visits, presentations and inductions. This month we visited the Rialto Towers building in Melbourne where we introduced employees to the brand new end-of-trip facilities including state of the art secure bike parking, lockers, showers and change rooms. Staff were inducted on bike parking usage, facility access procedures and provided with tips and resources for riding to work. If you'd like to know how we can help your workplace to become more bike-friendly, please contact us.
Ride2Work follow-up survey and key findings
The annual Ride2Work follow-up survey was sent to all registered participants in March 2015. Thank-you to all those dedicated riders who completed this survey. This is a valuable tool for us to measure the impact of the Ride2Work program so we really appreciate your feedback. Congratulations to Patricia Hill from Sydney and Stephen Shing from Melbourne who each won a CELL bike for completing the survey.
This is what you told us:
- 77% of all survey respondents reported cycling as the main mode of transport to work
- 61% of our newbies reported that they are now riding weekly or more
- 45% of our riders are getting their daily physical activity requirements from riding to work (Awesome!)
- The main motivator for riding to work remains health and fitness benefits
- The main barriers for not riding more often include weather, family commitments and safety concerns
- 43% of respondents reported that Ride2Work Day has impacted positively on their riding habits
2015 Super Tuesday bike count: The results are in
Thank you to all volunteer counters who were involved in counting bicycle commuters on Super Tuesday, Australia's biggest commuter bike count, on Tuesday 3 March 2015. This year the count was held across 48 municipalities in six states, at over 950 count sites. Check out the results.
Light Up! Assert your rights with lights
Now that winter is upon us, many riders will face a trip home in the dark through the winter months - the perfect opportunity to get a great set of lights on your bike and show the world that the road is yours, night and day. See the results from Ride On's tenth annual test of bike lights.
Ride2Work4Feb gives away six bikes
This year Ride2Work grew the Ride2Work4Feb campaign with bike scavenger hunts in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. Six people got new bikes during the month and two of them gave the bikes away to their non-riding family and friends.
The Ride2Work program saw a sharp jump in the number of registrants throughout the month, showing that more people are keen to hop on the bike and give bike commuting a go.
We'd like to thank CELL Bikes for their support as our riding partner throughout the month.
Workplace Coordinator Survey
Ride2Work would like to thank all of the workplace coordinators who took the time to answer the recent survey. We really appreciate the feedback and will use it to improve the Ride2Work program and Ride2Work Day in 2015. The following workplace coordinators have won a copy of 'Australia’s Own Little Bike Bible – 365 Tips To Enjoy Riding' for their workplace:
- Erin Dampney
- Jodi Alexander
- Meg Lade
- Jonathan Utting
- Ron Brent
- Vicki Rich
- Nicola Smith
- Carolyn ONeill
- Bonnie Claassen
- Yves Leibig
- Mandy Hildebrand
- Matilda Damijanic
- Peter Rickard
- Laine Arrowsmith
- John McEvoy-Bowe
- Thor Bekkevold
- Paul Ramsay
- Emily Williams
- Neil Finlay
- Susan Hiha
Here's five ways to reduce overheating when riding to work thanks to the team from CELL bikes.
Riding to work boosts your health, charges your motor and sharpens the mind for the day. Besides the health benefits, you'll also save money and help the environment.
With all of these great points, what could go wrong? Sweat. Lots of sweat.
If your office doesn’t have shower facilities, your challenge is compounded.
Riding your bike in summer means you will sweat. While there is no way to avoid this, here are five tips to minimise sweating like a pig, so you can smell like roses.
1 Hold your horses
If you aren’t training or racing, riding at a very casual pace will definitely keep you cooler and reduce sweat. Let the lads in lycra pass you by while you take in the scenery. You think riding faster gets you there faster? Wrong. Roundabouts, traffic lights and junctions are the great equalizer, making the fastest cyclists only marginally ahead of the casual, cruisey rider.
2 Bye-bye backpacks
As far as sweat is concerned, backpacks are kryptonite. There’s something about them that compels your body to perspire. While there are special backpacks out there that promise to stop sweat, the cheapest (and most effective) way to end sweaty back misery is to avoid backpacks altogether and invest in panniers – bags that sit either side of a bicycle’s back wheel.
3 Goodbye baggy, hello fitted
Wearing baggy clothing that flaps in the wind? Guess what, you’re creating ‘drag’ and that’s the thing that slows you down and tires you out. Why do professional cyclists wear skin tight lycra? Let’s just say it’s the difference between diving into the water with proper form while wearing budgies and a cap versus doing a belly-flop. Wearing baggy clothes is a belly-flop, the water is the air. Doesn’t mean you need to get ‘lycra’d up’, but wearing casual cycling clothes will make a huge difference
4 Be pumped up
Ever see those people riding with so much spirited energy, only the distance covered doesn’t match the energy exerted? Most likely they have under-inflated tyres. Always make sure your tyres are properly inflated. Under-inflated tyres are one of the great contributors of unnecessary sweat and laughs from onlookers.
5 The path of least resistance
Always find the best route! Been riding the same way...just because? If where you live has a ‘Where to Ride’ book available, get it. If there are cycling maps of your area, get two. Avoiding one big hill for a slightly longer, smoother route will save you sweat. Choosing a backway rather than being in the thick of traffic also reduces stress and maximises your tranquility on the bike. Even if the way with more traffic seems shorter, the chaos, being stopped at lights, etc. makes the more peaceful route a more attractive choice, while keeping you cool.
In our 2014 Ride2Work registration survey, 85% of riders told us that health and fitness were significant motivational factors for riding to work, followed by 57% of riders who sited environmental reasons as being very important. Check out our top 10 reasons to dust off the bike and start riding…
1) A bike has a tiny manufacturing footprint when compared to a car.
All manufactured goods have environmental impact, but bicycles can be produced for a fraction of the materials, energy and shipping costs of a car.
2) Bikes produce no meaningful pollution when in operation.
Bikes don't have exhaust pipes belching fumes into the atmosphere. They also eliminate the oil, fuel and hydraulic fluids dripped by cars onto the road surface — which means less toxic run-off into local waterways.
3) Bikes save taxpayers money by reducing road wear.
A bicycle is a lot less rough on the pavement than a two-ton sedan. Every bicycle on the road amounts to money saved patching potholes and resurfacing city streets.
4) Bikes are an effective alternative to a second car.
Perhaps you're not in a position to adopt a bicycle as primary transportation. But bikes make great second vehicles. You can literally save thousands of dollars a year using a bicycle for workday commuting and weekend errands in households which might otherwise be forced to maintain two cars. Read more about this in Ride On.
5) Using a bike for transportation can help you lose weight and improve your overall health.
The health benefits of regular aerobic exercise are well-known. Depending on your riding style and local road conditions, you could easily burn 600 calories an hour through brisk cycling. Most bike commuters report significant weight loss during their first year in the saddle without changing their eating habits.
6) You can store a dozen bikes in a single car-sized parking place.
Parking spaces have enormous environmental and financial impact, particularly in urban areas. The more bikes you can get on the road, the fewer parking spaces you need to build.
7) Bikes don't burn petrol.
Petrol prices are becoming more and more unpredictable, and a visit to the bowser is likely to get a lot more expensive for Australian motorists. A healthy bike culture will help ease pressure on supply once demand returns.
8) Riding may be faster and more efficient than taking a car.
Bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas, especially when city designers have set aside proper bike lanes. There's nothing more satisfying as a bicycle commuter than breezing past a long line of gridlocked traffic.
9) Bikes cost much less to maintain and operate than cars.
You'll never throw a rod on a bicycle, and dropping a transmission on a bike usually means replacing a bent derailleur hanger or worn-out chain. Bicycles do require service, but you can learn to perform most of it yourself. Even if you have a shop do things for you, costs will be trivial compared to a car.
10) Studies show that bicycle commuters are healthier, more productive, and require less time off at work.
This is why most enlightened employers are eager to accommodate commuting cyclists. Healthy workers are better workers — and that's good for the bottom line. Bikes are smart business.
So there are some reasons for those who are contemplating riding to work or those wanting to promote riding in the workplace. Can you think of others? Please share them on our Facebook page.
Interview with CELL Bikes
Ride2Work caught up with CELL Bikes Dave Musgrove to find out about his ride to work and how his daily commute made him a lover of bikes.
Cell’s Bike Designer, Dave Musgrove, is seriously into his riding. His obsession with bikes combined with a Materials Science Engineering degree from UNSW gives him official ‘bike geek’ status.
Although his first passion was mountain biking, he spends a lot of time riding and commuting around Sydney’s growing network of cycleways.
“I first started road cycling when I got a job in the city so had a hilly 15 kilometre commute; the mtb just didn’t cut it.”
Pretty quickly the health and social aspects of road cycling and the associated spike in fitness encouraged Dave to extend his commutes and start heading out on longer bunch rides. A recent holiday saw him take his Cell Omeo aero road bike to Hobart to climb Mt Wellington – “I guess that makes me a full-blown roadie.”
Dave often travels to Taiwan to visit factories when developing new models or checking quality control of production runs. He missed his regular ride to work however still gets a ride in most days. “The roads in Taiwan are perfect for riding; smooth hot mix, steep hills, twisty descents and friendly people make it a great place to explore by bike.”
You can see more of Dave's designs at www.cellbikes.com.au
Riding to work in summer in many parts of Australia means enduring hot, humid and often stormy conditions. Here are some great tips from Bicycle Queensland for riding even when its 35 degrees and 90 percent humidity.
- Go early and go easy. And when we say "early", we mean real early. Riding in to work before 7am not only beats the heat, but in many places the traffic is much lighter as well. And if you get away from home nice and early, you can take it easier on the ride to work, and perhaps have a chance to cool down when you get there.
- Storm season is a good thing! In the tropical (and sub-tropical) areas, a good afternoon storm often washes away the heat of the day, and makes for a cooler ride home. Mudguards are a great addition to your bike in storm season, when you might have to ride through unexpected puddles and along over-flowing bikeways.
- Early morning rain keeps the heat down, but also deters many bike commuters. But if you have prepared ahead of time, you will have extra socks and knicks stored at work, so that if you ride to work in the rain, you won't have to ride home in soggy kit in the afternoon.
- You already plan your route to work around factors such as directness, perceived safety, and hills. Add "shade cover" into the mix, and maybe you might go out of your way to ride through a forest area, which will keep you out of the direct sun.
For more tips on beating the summer heat on your commute, check out Ride On magazine.
Ride2Work Day 2014 a success
All across Australia, over 60,000 people jumped on their bikes in rain, hail and shine to join in on Ride2Work Day today.
Thanks to all the workplace coordinators, volunteers and bike riders who made Ride2Work Day possible. We hope you will all keep riding to work and help inspire others to choose a better alternative and commit to the commuter revolution.
If you haven't registered, be sure to do so and make your ride count towards better cycling infrastructure and improved conditions.
Winners of the Ride2Work register and refer competition!
A big congratulations to Mary Egan of Brunswick and Robert Hensel of Leopold, who have each won a new Cell bike. Mary has a new Cell Brunswick CX Bike and Robert has a new Cell Yarra Bike. Thank you to everyone that registered and entered the competition.
Ride2Work teams up with Drapac Professional Cycling
Ride2Work has teamed up with Drapac Professional Cycling's Jonathan Cantwell to show off his ride to work. Although he's a pro, commuting by bike is the key way Jonathon gets to and from the office everyday.
What does your Ride2Work look like?
We’re on the lookout for footage from all riders taking part in Ride2Work Day on Wednesday, October 15. We want to see riders from all over Australia show off their bike commute and we’ll release a post-event mash-up video after Ride2Work Day. Time to get the GoPro out! More >
Win a mobile cycle service for your workplace
Good Cycles are offering a free servicing workshop to the workplace that signs up the most new riders in Melbourne during October. Their mobile workshop and two awesome mechanics will come to your workplace for 2 hours and service your teams’ bicycles, valued at $400.
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Win a mobile cycle service for your workplace
The Rolling Fix is offering a free servicing workshop to the workplace that signs up the most new riders in Sydney during October. Their mobile workshop will come to your workplace and service your teams’ bicycles. Valued at $800, the winning workplace will get 4 hours with one of their awesome mechanics.
To celebrate Ride2Work Day, members of Team Bicycle Network are inviting riders to join them for a social ride to work.
Departing from Eaglemont Tennis Club carpark, all riders are welcome to join in for a cruise past some delicious Ride2Work Day community breakfasts including the Abbotsford Convent and Australian Catholic University, finishing at Melbourne's CBD breakfast at City Square.
|What:||Ride2Work with Team Bicycle Network|
Meet 6:45am, Eaglemont Tennis Club carpark, Ride2Work Day, 15 October.
Arriving 8:15am approx at City Square, Melbourne CBD
The route will take riders along the Main Yarra Trail to the Abbotsford Convent for breakfast #1. From there, the ride will cross Chandler Hwy at the driveway to the Guidedogs at approximately 7:05am. Following a refuel at the Convent we'll continue towards the CBD, stopping at ACU for breakfast #2 (time permitting). The ride will finish at City Square around 8:15am. Riders are welcome to join anywhere along the way
See the route on Strava
|Who:||Cam, Anthony, Dave, James|
*Please note: This is not a supported ride. Participants must be capable riders and must ride respectfully to remain with the group.
With only two weeks until Ride2Work Day, we've teamed up with Rapha to bring bike commuters free coffee on their ride to work.
When: 7-9am, Wednesday 1 October
Where: Corner of Park Street and Canning St, Carlton North
Stop by on your commute, grab yourself a coffee and chat to the Bicycle Network team.
Ride2Work jump starts healthy habits
Bicycle Network’s Ride2Work program continues to work its magic with the most recent survey showing that the event can jump-start positive active travel habits in new riders.
Conducted annually, the national survey of Ride2Work participants found that in the first year of the program, a staggering 60% of new riders were still commuting by bike at least once a week.
This is a jump from 2012-2013 where only 47% of new riders registered with the program claimed to be commuting in the following months.
Many new riders extolled the positive impact that Ride2Work had on their cycling habits, with the most common motivations being health and wellbeing.
General Manager of Behaviour Change, Ms. Tess Allaway, said that with more than half of all Australians not getting enough physical activity, riding to work is a convenient way to get moving.
“Riding to work is a great way to fit the recommended 30 minutes of exercise we need to maintain our health around our busy work and family commitments,” Ms. Allaway said.
“Riders tell us that the Ride2Work program has a significant and positive impact on developing a regular habit of commuting by bike – and this survey proves it.”
This year, Bicycle Network hopes that Ride2Work will inspire more even people to take up riding, with an aim for 14,000 new riders to take part in Ride2Work Day 2014.
Registrations open for Ride2Work Day 2014 on Monday, 28 July.
National Ride2Work Day will be held on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.
If you know of friends or family members who would benefit from more physical activity in their life, let them know about the program and that we’re here to help.
Alfred Health makes a commitment to active travel
Bicycle Network teamed up with Alfred Health in 2014 to help increase active travel rates throughout their organisation.
Staff from Bicycle Network’s Ride2Work program and the Bike Parking Experts conducted bicycle parking audits and cyclist counts during peak commuter times, across four of Alfred Health's main sites – The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital, Sandringham Hospital and the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.
Following the audit, a staff survey was sent out to all staff and an interactive staff focus group was also conducted to gain valuable feedback from riders and non-riders alike.
The purpose of the audit and survey was to encourage more people to actively travel to work by gauging rider habits and making recommendations to improve facilities across the four sites.
As a result of the recommendations that Bicycle Network made, Alfred Health received approval for funding to build a new active travel zone at The Alfred - complete with state of the art end-of-trip facilities and secure bike parking. Alfred Health is committed to improving its active travel plan and this is an excellent development toward improved employee health and well-being.
For more information on workplace riding and assistance with workplace audits, please contact the Ride2Work team.
National Ride2Work Day 2013 a success!
National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 16 October 2013 was an outstanding success, with record numbers ditching their car and jumping on their bikes to join the commuter revolution.
Over 150,000 first-timers, regular riders and Ride2Work veterans joined in the celebration at one of the many CBD, community and workplace breakfasts held across the country thanks to Bakers Delight and Australian Bananas.
Breaking with tradition, Melbourne's CBD breakfast was moved to City Square to sit alongside one of Melbourne's major commuter routes, Swanston Street. Over 2,000 riders enjoyed the festivities across the morning, including stalls from the City of Melbourne, Chobani Yoghurt, TeamUp, Victoria Police, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Good Cycles and many more.
Ride2Work ambassador Police Chief Commission Ken Lay, donned the lycra and joined in the celebrations showing his support for the many Victoria Police members and Victorians who ride to their workplace each day.
"I am really proud of how many police officers are riding to work and making the commitment to manage their health and ensure they are prepared for the challenges of the job," the Police Chief said.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle also dropped in to further cement the City of Melbourne's commitment to Melbourne's growing cycling culture.
If you rode to work and registered on Ride2Work Day, we thank you. Every registration is a vote of support for bike riding and will help improve bike riding conditions.