Wednesday wheels in motion for Ride to Work Day 2017
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
2017 Ride to Work Day at Cotton TreeRiding isn’t just for the kids, it can keep the grown-ups moving too.

Ride to Work Day (Wednesday October 18) is held annually across Australia to promote riding as an option to commute to work and today plenty of Sunshine Coast workers made their way to their job on two wheels.

To support the nationwide event, Sunshine Coast Council's TravelSmart team hosted four free Ride to Work Day breakfasts for registered riders to make sure they were fuelled up for their work day ahead.

Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said National Ride to Work Day was an opportunity to remind ourselves that cars aren’t our only option to get from A to B.

“Cycling is a great active transport option while also providing the daily exercise we need to keep fit and healthy,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Ride to Work Day aims to inspire people who have never ridden to work, or who do so infrequently, to commute to work by bike for a change of pace and scenery.

“It also encourages frequent riders to keep it up and encourage their workmates to get involved.”

Council employee David Coleman recently jumped back on a bike for the first time in 15 years and now rides to work almost every day.

“Riding to work is a great option for me. I get some fresh air and it really wakes me up in the morning,” David said.

“I’ve just purchased a new bike, with carrying rack, and I can easily get from home to work without having to deal with traffic or parking.”

David’s ride to work includes a section of the Sunshine Coast’s picturesque Coastal Pathway.

The Coastal Pathway is council’s most scenic shared pathway stretching from Pelican Waters Bell’s Creek in the south to Coolum Beach in the north and beyond.

Council is committed to extending the pathway network across the coast to provide our community with lots of options to get out and get active.

Why ride to work?
• You can save money, get fit and help the environment.

Did you know?
• If you live less than 5km from work then you can ride to work in 20 mins or less.

The stats:
• 2015 cycling participation rates translate to approximately 58,500 residents (19%) riding in a typical week and 116,000 residents (37%) riding at least once in a typical year.
• Of the people who cycled in the last month prior to that survey in 2015, 87% cycled for recreation and 35% used a bicycle for transport.
• The benefits derived from this level of cycling include improved health (both physical and mental) with decreased community and social costs, less congestion, lower vehicle emissions from cycling transport trips replacing motorised vehicle trips, improved business activity and turnover where cycling occurs and greater social cohesion and connection.

Photo caption - Braving the weather together at Cotton Tree today were (from L-R) Kim McGrath, Sue Barton, Janelle Hodgson, Karen Swart, Sue Morgan, Glenn Morgan. This keen group get together regularly to ride to work. A group that cycles together stays together.