Director General Lisa Corbyn and Deputy Director General Simon Smith rode together on a tandem for Ride to Work Day 2009
Ride to Work Day celebrates cycling in the community as a sustainable means of transport. It encourages Australian workers to adopt a healthy and cheap way to commute. Now in its fourth year, the 2010 Ride to Work Day on Wednesday 13 October is likely to be bigger than ever as cycling continues to grow in popularity.
Ride to Work Day 2009 was a huge success with 95,000 participants celebrating the event at 137 community breakfasts across the country. Registered riders pedaled 700,207 km which equates to riding around the world 17 times. Five months after the 2009 event 35 per cent of those new riders were still riding to work. Ride to Work Day is the perfect opportunity to have a go at riding to work with the support of your colleagues.
The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW) has been involved since the start of Ride to Work Day and last year had more than 100 riders participating from workplaces around NSW. DECCW's Sustainability Programs office at Parramatta won the award for the highest participation rate for a NSW workplace its size.
40 per cent of DECCW Gosford workers rode in 2009
"A lot of people know about the benefits of riding to work such as saving money and time, getting fit and cutting carbon pollution but they're not sure where to start or feel nervous about riding in traffic," said John Street, co–ordinator of the Sustainability Programs team.
"Talk to other cyclists in your workplace or other workplace co-ordinators for help with getting started and working out safe, easy routes to work."
Register online to take part in Ride to Work Day and go into the draw to win great prizes. You can join an existing workplace team or set one up for your own office.