By encouraging your workforce to participate in Ride2Work you are helping to increase the health of your employees, while demonstrating environmental and community awareness.
Live a healthier life
Organisations who encourage, or have, employees who ride to work often experience a decreased absenteeism, increased productivity, a healthier happier workforce, decreased costs and pressure on parking and a reduction in gas emissions.
The 2005 report “The Health of Australia’s workforce” found that healthy workers are almost three times as effective at work than unhealthy workers:
Effective hours worked per month (out of 160)
- Healthy Workers – 143 hrs
- Unhealthy Workers – 49 hrs *1
- 10% of the State’s population is completely inactive
- 20% get less than the recommended thirty minutes of exercise per day
- 55% of the State’s population is overweight or obese
- 35% said their daily stress levels were quite high or very high
How can riding to work help?
- Cycling is a low-impact physical activity
- Riding to work builds exercise into daily behaviours and is a time-efficient way to fit regular exercise into a busy lifestyle. Within 15km of a busy CBD, riding to work is likely to take you less time than other forms of transport
- Regular physical activity reduces the likelihood of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer *2
- Cycling also helps control stress, anxiety and depression.*3
What financial benefits can you expect by encouraging employees to ride to work?
- Healthier and happier staff who are more productive at work and less likely to take sick days
- Reduced overheads and more economic use of the land (10 bicycles can be parked in one car space!)
- Reduced car fleet, taxi and petrol card costs
- Increased teamwork through strong cycle-friendly culture
What about your environmental rating?
Road transport is responsible for nearly 12% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, with cars alone responsible for 8%.*4 According to the Department of Climate Change, cycling just 10km each way to work instead of driving saves 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.*5
Reports have stated that air pollution causes more deaths among Australians than road accidents: each year, on average, 2400 deaths are linked to air quality and health issues – compared with 1700 people killed in road accidents.*6