Leave your car at home on Ride2Work day
The Town of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is urging commuters to leave their cars at home – and take alternative transportation on Ride2Work Day on November 10.
By riding your own bike (or a friend’s), or using an electric bike or shared electric scooter, commuters can receive a free bike tune-up at Norwood Bike Store, Treadly, Day and Month Service. discount at Whippets Atelier, Stepney
Mayor Robert Bria said he hopes many residents, visitors and workers in our city will attend the event next month.
“Ride2Work Day is also a great time for people who want to either get back on the bike or start riding for the first time,” he said.
“It’s also a great opportunity to try an electric bike or electric scooter for the first time as there will be discounts on the same day. Residents can drive them to the CBD or simply to a bus stop and end their journey by bus.
“The Council is committed to promoting sustainable transport and is actively working to improve the safety of people who choose to walk or cycle. “
“It’s great to see that more and more people are taking the opportunity to ride a bike rather than using their car. Cycling short distances can be faster than driving a car during rush hour, and it’s also great for health and well-being, reduces traffic jams, and frees up parking spaces.
“The Council continues to improve local cycle paths and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians is a major objective in all Council infrastructure upgrades,” said Mayor Bria.
The Council also asks motorists to drive with particular caution on the day of Ride2Work, as more cyclists than usual have to share the road. And don’t forget to always look for a cyclist before opening your car door.
Organized nationwide by Bicycle Network, Ride2Work Day is Australia’s largest commuter cycling celebration. However, only a few states are participating this year due to COVID lockdowns.
“The main objective of the day is to normalize the idea of going to work on horseback. This encourages people who have never ridden at work before to give it a try, and it keeps regular riders motivated and encourages their coworkers to get involved.
Some tips to prepare for Ride2Work Day:
- find a low-traffic route
- do a workout the previous weekend
- check all equipment including lights, doorbell and lock
- wear a helmet and brightly colored clothing
- take clothes from work the day before to change into
- find someone to ride a bike with (ask a co-worker or family member)
- check if there is somewhere in your workplace where you can park your bike safely
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