Wednesday 18 October was National Ride2Work Day 2017, and hundreds of Canberrans who regularly ride their bikes to work celebrated with a breakfast in Civic.
Proportionally, more people in the ACT ride bikes for transport than any other place in Australia, making Canberrans some of the healthiest commuters in the nation.
“More Canberrans using bikes for transport is good for the whole ACT community, with health, environmental and societal benefits,” said Pedal Power ACT’s John Armstrong.
“Riding to work regularly is an excellent way to get incidental exercise and avoid traffic congestion,” he said.
Pedal Power ACT and the ACT Heart Foundation encouraged commuters to ride their bikes to work on Wednesday, induced by the reward of breakfast at a number of locations around Canberra, including Civic, Dickson, and APH.
Minister for Health and Transport Meegan Fitzharris dropped into the breakfast in Civic on her bike – which she brought part of the way on the bus.
“I set off on my bike but had a seat problem, so I made the decision to put my bike on a bus for the rest of the trip,” she explained, in a practical demonstration of how Canberra’s integrated transport network can help commuters.
“Ride to Work Day is a reminder to all Canberrans to get out and about and be part of the active living movement that integrates physical activities into our daily routine. Bike riding is a fantastic way to do this,” said the Heart Foundation CEO Tony Stubbs.
“Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days is an important way to prevent heart and cardiovascular disease.”
“Here in this beautiful city of ours, we have so many opportunities to get out and about and do this.”
“I am really pleased to work with Pedal Power on this initiative towards improving heart health in Canberra, especially as cardiovascular disease affects one in three Canberrans.”
The Ride2Work Day breakfast is a chance to give regular bike commuters a pat on the back, and an opportunity to encourage others who might like to give riding to work a go.
Pedal Power ACT also used the breakfast as an opportunity to spread the word about their ride-to-work program, Cycle Works. People who ride their bikes to work, or would like to try, are encouraged to visit www.cycle-works.com.au to sign up and participate in a month-long personal challenge during November.
Do you ride your bike to work? If not, what are the impediments to riding to work in the ACT?
Anne Treasure is the Communications Manager for Pedal Power ACT. She writes on bike riding in the ACT from the perspective of someone who rides mainly for transport.