GOLD COASTERS are being encouraged to pull out the pushbike and ride to work next Wednesday for National Ride2Work Day.
Riding to work has been proven to increase productivity as a result of improved fitness and mental health and studies have found that absenteeism can be reduced by as much as 80 per cent by encouraging cycling to work.
Engineering, Water and Transport Services Committee Chair Paul Taylor said Ride2Work Day was a great opportunity for people who haven’t tried commuter cycling before to give it a go.
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“Once people have tried bicycle commuting, they’ll think twice about taking the car. Not only does cycling have great health benefits, it’s inexpensive, reduces traffic congestion and is better for our environment,” Cr Taylor said.
Mayor Tom Tate said the city’s climate and topography meant there was something for all cycling levels from the challenging hills in the hinterland to the coastal strip ideal for cruiser bikes.
“The Gold Coast is a great place to cycle – our scenery is stunning, and our temperate weather means cycling is still a viable transport option even during winter.”
Riders taking part in National Ride2Work Day can enjoy a free breakfast and coffee between 7am – 9am at the following locations:
•Evandale Parklands, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
•Robina Community Centre, San Antonio Court, Robina
If the above locations are not convenient, locals are encouraged to host their own breakfast. Gold Coast businesses are also urged to support Ride2Work Day by hosting a breakfast for employees who choose to ride.
Participants can also go into the draw to win some great prizes who RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning (07) 5582 8677. Prizes include:
•one-on-one coaching session with Olympic champion Sara Carrigan
•personal mountain bike skills session
•$150 bicycle retail voucher
•Event Cinema movie passes