Fun, fitness and commuting to celebrate National Ride to Work Day
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
Seven Sunshine Coast local ladies registered for their third Ride to Work Day in 2018Australia’s biggest celebration of commuter riding came to the Sunshine Coast today (October 17) with Sunshine Coast Council hosting a free breakfast and bike safety checks at Cotton Tree Park for National Ride to Work Day.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray joined in to thank registered riders for giving fitness, fun and commuting on two wheels a try.

“Ride to Work Day is a nationwide initiative that Sunshine Coast Council is hugely behind,” Cr O’Pray said.

“I want to encourage everyone to explore and experiment with cycling as a means of transport, and try and get on their bikes to get work – even if it’s just occasionally.

“It doesn’t have to be every single day, but if you can swap your car for your bike for some trips, that’s a great start to take a little bit of traffic off the road and ease congestion.

“It’s a fit, healthy, smart and creative way to get to work and I think it’s something that we should all consider.”

Ismay Selby from Mudjimba is 76-years-old and has been riding a bike since she was seven.

“I’ve had a number of different bikes over the years but at 76 I think moving to an e-bike, or electric bike, might be the best thing as I get older,” Ismay said.

“I had a great morning this morning. I cycled myself up a smoothie and took the opportunity to get the free bike safety check from Stuart at Cycle Zone Mooloolaba.

“I’m so glad I did as he found that I needed a new brake cable. That’s a handy pit stop to keep me safe and maybe I’m closer to changing over to an e-bike than I thought.”

This year, Ride to Work Day has fallen in the middle of Sunshine Coast Bike Week – council’s annual celebration of all things cycling.

There’s plenty more workshops and activities to come so check out the full schedule online.

Although the “Come and try an e-bike” sessions are fully booked, Ismay has booked in to give it a go at Bli Bli in November.

Great prizes up for grabs for registered Ride to Work Day riders.

Register on the Sunshine Coast Council website for your chance to win a $1000 bike shop voucher.

Ride to Work Day is an annual initiative of the Bicycle Network.