Birds, bees and bikes - ring in spring with a ride to work

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

SPRING has fi­nally ar­rived and the warmer weather and longer days means only one thing – it’s time to get the bike out of the garage and get ready for Na­tional Ride2Work Day on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

With one month un­til the coun­try’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of com­muter bike rid­ing there is plenty of time to grease your wheels and get into gear be­fore the big day.

Na­tional Ride2Work Day shows Aus­tralians and their work­places just how easy and fun it is to ride a bike to work and in­cludes free break­fasts in cities and re­gional cen­tres across the coun­try.

Bi­cy­cle Net­work spokesper­son Anthea Har­g­reaves said there are so many ben­e­fits from swap­ping the car, train or bus for a bike, that get­ting in­volved in Na­tional Ride2Work Day is a must.

“Rid­ing to work is the eas­i­est way to get your daily 30 min­utes of ex­er­cise, but it is also cheaper, far less stress­ful and can also be the fastest way to get to work ,” said Ms Har­g­reaves.

“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.

“Add in a free ba­con and egg roll at your lo­cal Ride2Work Day break­fast and there is no rea­son not to start get­ting on your bike.”

Bi­cy­cle Net­work’s Ride2Work pro­gram i s Aus­tralia’s big­gest be­hav­iour change ini­tia­tive and is ded­i­cated to get­ting peo­ple out of cars and onto bikes by pro­vid­ing the tools, sup­port and ad­vice that new riders and work­places need.

The pro­gram and its flag­ship na­tional day of cel­e­bra­tion are hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect – more than half of peo­ple who ride to work for the first time on Ride2Work Day re­port that they con­vert to weekly bike rides.

“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,” Ms Har­g­reaves said.

To reg­is­ter for Na­tional Ride2Work Day, find your lo­cal break­fast and get all the tips to help you start rid­ing and make your work­place bike friendly, visit ride2work.com.au.

Join t he con­ver­sa­tion with #Ride2Work.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Get the bike out of the garage and get ready for Na­tional Ride2Work Day on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

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