- Wednesday 15 October 2014
Sunshine Coast residents swapped petrol power for pedal power this morning for National Ride2Work Day.
The annual commuter revolution attracted about 50,000 Australians.
More than 100 locals saddled up for guided rides from Sunshine Coast Stadium to popular CBD locations.
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson participated in this morning’s ride and said the council-run local event was an opportunity to start positive transport changes on the Sunshine Coast.
“Across our region there are an increasing number of workplaces and districts that experience significant traffic congestion and parking problems,” Cr Thompson said.
“The major contributing factor is the mode of transport chosen, with cars currently being the predominant choice.
“As our community continues to develop, a heavy reliance on car based travel will only exacerbate existing problems so it’s important for council to promote alternate forms of transport in an effort to create a shift towards active and sustainable modes of transport.
“Engaging workplace communities in events and activities like today’s Ride2Work is a great way to create change so we’re proud to support this event and encourage locals to jump on their bikes and hopefully make active transport modes their first choice.”
Nationally, Ride2Work Day has sparked a dramatic increase in the number of people choosing to ride to work.
Typically, about 60% of new riders who register in the annual event continue riding to work for at least five months.
A celebratory breakfast was provided at each of the end-of-ride locations for registered participants who took part in today’s event.