Bike trips to work have increased by an average of 22 per cent Australia-wide
Cycling is gaining momentum!
- In Australia, bicycles have been outselling cars for the last eight years in a row, with sales topping 1.47 million last year alone.
- In Sydney, cycling rose by 58 per cent on weekends and 23 per cent on weekdays between 2001 and 2005.
- It is now the 4th most popular form of physical activity for people 15 years and older.
It's easy to see why. Cycling is a great form of door-to-door transport. It's ideal for those times when walking would take just a bit too long. And it's cheap, clean and great for your health.
Bike trips to work have increased by an average of 22 per cent Australia-wide. It's becoming a highly practical option for more and more people, especially those who work relatively close to where they live.
By cycling to work you can:
- reduce the number of car trips you make and save on maintenance costs
- save petrol as prices continue to rise
- save on public transport
- incorporate exercise into your day
- reduce your contribution to air pollution and ease traffic congestion
- reduce your greenhouse emissions.
Each year, the average car produces about a third of the greenhouse gas emissions of an average household (Green Guide).
The NSW Government and local councils are working together to increase on and off road cycleways for you to use.
Around 233 km of cycleways are being created each year and there are currently more than 4,100 km across NSW, with 2,000 km in Sydney. The RTA website has maps of cycleways around NSW so find bike paths in your area and start planning some trips. Your local council should also have information on neighbourhood bike paths.
Ride2Work Day is the perfect opportunity for you to try riding to work. Whether you are a new or existing commuter, participate in Ride2Work Day and register to make your ride count.
The next Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 17 October 2012.
Join the commuter revolution and make your ride count. It's fast, free and makes a difference. Be a part of Australia's biggest celebration of bike riding and visit the Ride2Work website for your chace to win great prizes.