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Here's the latest on the Ride2Work revolution.

Celebrate Ride2Home!

6 October 2016. Make it a full day of fun on National Ride2Work Day, 12 October, by celebrating the ride home too.

Declaring the after-party official this year, Velo Cycles in Melbourne’s inner-north has launched a RideHomeFromWork Celebration in collaboration with neighbouring café and wine bar Green Park.

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.

Don’t forget to register your ride, so that you show your support for cycling.

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: 

Hobart: 

  • Mawson Place, Waterside Pavilion, Argyle Street: 7.00am–9:30am
  • University of Tasmania: Dobson Road, Sandy Bay: 8:00am–10:00am

Launceston:

  • 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,
  • Fairfax,
  • 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 ride2work@bicyclenetwork.com.au. 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.

Complete the survey here

Join a Ride2Work breakfast this autumn

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.

Ride2Work in Autumn

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!