Free breakfast to encourage cycling
A free breakfast barbecue will be provided to everyone who participates in next week’s National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday.
Ride2Work Day is Australia’s largest celebration of commuter riding coordinated by Bicycle Network.
Held annually in October, the day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and brings together the communities that support it.
The free breakfast, which aims to encourage more rider involvement, will be held from 7.30am to 9am on Wednesday October 18 in Warragul’s Queen Street Park.
Riders can enjoy a free coffee, a hot breakfast cooked by the Warragul Lions Club and live local music.
Mayor Joe Gauci is encouraging residents to hop on their bikes, get active and get involved in Ride2Work Day.
“If you have never ridden to work before, I urge you to take this opportunity to give it a go! And if you’re already a regular then we want you to stay motivated and encourage your work mates to get involved.
“Riding to work is one of the easiest and most time-efficient ways to fit exercise into a daily routine.
“Swapping your current transport for a bike has many benefits, such as improved health, increased productivity, save money and environmental benefits,” Cr Gauci said.
Local employers are also encouraged to promote riding to work with the following tips:
Spread the word about the benefits of riding to work;
Host a workplace breakfast for people who ride to work;
Recognise and reward people who actively travel; and,
Provide support and encouragement to new riders.
“Encouraging people to ride to work has huge benefits to both employees and employers.
“As well as increasing mental and physical health, according to Bicycle Network, workplaces that support bike-riding employees can reduce absenteeism by up to 80 per cent,” Cr Gauci said.
Registrations for the breakfast can be made online at Ride2Work Day Breakfast by 5pm on Tuesday, October 17.
Participants also have the chance to win a great prize.
Enjoying breakfast in the park after last year’s Ride2Work day event are (from left) Ormond Pearson, Cleo Sahhar, John van Heuven and John Brookes.