Free break­fast to en­cour­age cy­cling

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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