Removing the need for 200 car parks
  • Thursday 20 October 2011

Raised heart beats and countless beads of perspiration combined to take 200 cars off Coast roads for National Ride to Work Day last week.

Staff, students and community members from Sunshine Coast Council, Youi Insurance and the University of the Sunshine Coast took to two wheels in a show of cycling solidarity and to spruke the benefits of active transport.

Integrated Transport Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said it was heartening to see over 50 staff across council’s Caloundra, Maroochydore, Nambour and Tewantin offices riding to work.

"Active transport is such a great way to improve health and staff motivation not to mention putting pay to parking problems," Cr Griffin said.

"If three organisations can remove 200 cars from the roads, imagine what savings could be made if every organisation across the Coast did that once a week.

"Plus, I can only guess at the combined fuel savings made that day, but it would be enough to send a pretty powerful message, especially with rising fuel prices.

"Council’s active transport plan aims to raise the percentage of Coast residents cycling by 1.2% by 2016. It’s a modest aim, but one we can realistically work towards if we maintain the focus on partnership, infrastructure, safety and education."

Council has been working with Youi Insurance through its TravelSmart destinations program to encourage staff to get to work by bike, foot, carpool or public transport.

This was the third TravelSmart event held at Youi and almost 50 staff participated.

The University was another stand out supporter with over 100 participants ranging from members of local bike groups and the community to staff and students.

Anyone looking to review staff travel options or ideas on motivating staff can visit the TravelSmart Sunshine Coast website or contact council on 5475 7272.