Last night I congratulated the winners of this year's Sydney Rides Business Challenge.
A record 4,804 people rode over 313,000km as part of this year's Challenge, which is now the largest of its kind in the world. Sydney businesses are supporting our efforts to encourage more people to ride because they know it engages staff, increases productivity, boosts their bottom line and eases congestion.
There's no doubt that bikes are good for business. Road congestion already costs our economy more than $5 billion each year, and this is expected to climb to $8 billion by 2020. Encouraging people to ride helps free up space on our roads and on public transport.
The four-week business-based competition encouraged people to give a bike a go and discover the transport and fitness benefits of riding. Of those who took part in this years' challenge, 32 per cent were new riders.
Companies that took part in the Sydney challenge included the Reserve Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, News Limited, HSBC, Hilton hotel, Atlassian, Qantas, Optus, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Yahoo7, News Corp, Fairfax Media, Foxtel, Allianz, Lend Lease, AECOM, Maurice Blackburn lawyers, Apple, JLL, Bluescope Steel, Hewlett-Packard, Stockland, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the NSW Heart Foundation.
The main category winners were:
- 500-plus employees: Atlassian;
- 200-499 employees: Hilton Sydney;
- 50-199 employees: Scott Carver;
- 20-49 employees: Eco Logical Australia;
- 7-19 employees: Vizrt; and
- 3-6 employees: Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
The challenge was first held in Sydney in 2011, when 182 organisations took part. The huge numbers of people participating on our event shows Sydneysiders are embracing riding as a safe, convenient and healthy transport option.
Read more about the Challenge here: https://www.lovetoride.net/sydney