DECCW Newcastle bike commuting staff
The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW)'s participation in the fourth National Ride to Work Day, held on Wednesday 13 October, was bigger than ever with nearly 200 staff from 14 offices around the state riding to work. DECCW staff rode their bicycles to work in areas from Coffs Harbour in the north, Baradine in the west, Albury in the south and five office locations in Sydney.
Ride to Work Day celebrates cycling within the community as a more sustainable means of transport. It also encourages Australian workers to adopt a means of commuting that is both healthy and cheap.
To ensure riders had a safe and enjoyable commuting experience, a number of DECCW offices held lunchtime presentations before the event, covering such vital subjects as bike maintenance, route planning, riding in traffic and cycling safety.
First-timers joined regular bike commuters as tens of thousands of cyclists around the country celebrated their participation in Ride to Work Day at community breakfasts in parks, cafes and campuses. Whatever their level of fitness and experience, all took part in promoting the advantages of cycling as a sustainable form of transport.
More information about the benefits of cycling are included on the 'Let's clear the air' website.