Ride2Work Day Breakfast
RIDE2WORK DAY BREAKFAST
Elizabeth Quay | Wednesday, 17 October
Bicycling Western Australia invites you to celebrate taking an active form of travel to work by attending the FREE Ride2Work Day Breakfast. Lets celebrate riding to work and National Ride2Work Day in the Perth CBD!
Check out the event on Facebook and invite your friends HERE
Date: Wednesday, 17 October
Time: 6:30am – 8:30am
Venue: Elizabeth Quay, The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000
Enjoy a FREE breakfast and wader around the many exhibitors promoting cycling health, infrastructure and education while enjoying your breakfast. We have been hosting a Ride2Work Day Breakfast since 2009 and we estimate over 1000 riders will join us in 2018.
If you would like to volunteer your time and join the Bicycling Western Australia team in delivering the event, please register your interest in the below link. There are plenty of roles available including but not limited to; rider check-in, event village helper, bike parking marshal and more.
Each volunteer will receive:
- Valuable experience working on a professional event
- Official event shirt
- Foods and refreshments (determined by shift)
- Task description – to ensure you are clear about your role on the day
Ride2Work is a program run by Bicycle Network with the aim of encouraging everyday Aussies to jump on the bike and get active on their way to work.
National Ride2Work Day is Australia’s largest celebration of commuter riding. Held annually in October, the day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and brings together the communities that support it.
The main objective of the day is to normalise the idea of riding to work. It encourages people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and it allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved.
Riding to work
Improve your health
A regular ride to work can help reduce the risks associated with physical inactivity – including cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, obesity and depression.
A 5km to 10km ride to work will only take 15 to 30 minutes on average. Peak-hour city trips up to 10km are generally faster by bike than any other form of transport, door to door.
People who ride to work not only save time and get fit, but save from $6,000 – $15,000 which is usually spent on fuel, car repairs, public transport tickets and parking.
Care for the environment
Cycling is a zero emission transport. Riding 10km each way to work instead of driving saves 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Businesses that encourage staff to cycle to work benefit from increased productivity as a result of improved fitness and mental health.
Make commuting safer
More cyclists on the roads leads to a safer commute for everyone. It also helps increases the need for better bike facilities in general.
Bicycle Network have prepared a suite of posters and digital collateral available for download so you can start promoting bike riding in your workplace. See the resources and tips HERE
Creating a workplace bike culture will boost morale and result in happier, healthier employees.
Set up a corporate discount for your organisation and save. Includes personal and third party liability insurance, legal support and member benefits.
Encouraging people to ride to work has huge benefits to both employees and employers. As well as increasing mental and physical health, workplaces that support bike-riding employees can reduce absenteeism by up to 80%.
Here’s a few tips to help promote riding to work:
- Spread the word about the benefits of riding to work
- Host a workplace breakfast for people who ride to work
- Recognise and reward people who actively travel
- Provide support and encouragement to new riders
Encouraging employees to ride to work reduces the demand for staff car parking spaces. Similarly for clients and visitors, trading one or two car spaces for a dozen bike spaces means more space for less cost and helps organisations to earn respect as a bike-friendly business.
Creating a BUG (Bicycle user group) is a great way to spread the ride to work message. Here’s a few tips for your BUG:
- Ride2Work Day is a great way for regular and new cyclists to get to know each other, and you may even entice some more of your colleagues to commute to work by bike.
- Produce a regular newsletter, set up a BUG website or intranet site and produce a site map showing the location of your bike parking, showers and other bike facilities.
- Start your own bike buddy scheme by pairing new riders with experienced riders so they can share their route together.
- Workshops are a great way to share tips, answer questions and start discussions.