All Australians are encouraged to get on their bikes and go to work the healthy way for National Ride2Work Day tomorrow, Wednesday 18 October.
The annual event is celebrated nationwide with free community breakfasts to encourage commuters to ditch their cars and embrace pedal power.
Bicycle Network spokesperson Anthea Hargreaves says riding to work is something that would benefit everyone.
“People that ride to work tell us they save up to $15,000 a year on transport costs, while a 5km to 10km ride to work takes less than 30 minutes,” she said.
“Add a free breakfast on Ride2Work Day and there’s no reason not to start pedaling.”
It will be Bicycle Network's 25th Ride2Work Day, after then Bicycle Network Ride2Work Coordinator and now Senator for Victoria, Janet Rice, established the event.
"The Ride2Work Day program got people to encourage their colleagues to ride on the day. We knew then as we do now that personal encouragement and support is really important in getting people to give riding to work a go," said Senator Rice.
As Australia’s biggest behaviour change initiative, Ride2Work Day as a proven track record, with more than half of people who ride to work for the first time on Ride2Work Day reporting that they convert to weekly bike riders.
“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,” added Ms Hargreaves.
Community breakfasts are located in all capital cities plus many suburban and regional areas. Visit ride2work.com.au to find your local breakfast.
You can also register to join the free Ride2Work program and receive special resources including tips to help you start riding and make your workplace bike-friendly.