Are you one of the thousands of people who ride to work each day? Or someone who would like to give it a try?
Next Wednesday, 17 October, is National Ride2Work day - the perfect chance for you to see how easy, safe and enjoyable riding can be. If you're a confident rider, why not encourage a friend or colleague who doesn't normally ride to work to join you on Wednesday?
The City of Sydney will be holding a free breakfast in Hyde Park from 7am to 9.30am for anyone taking part in Ride to Work day.
There will be live music as well as free pastries, coffee and juice. You'll also be able to get a free bike tune-up, browse the stalls and pick up the latest information on cycling in the city. We'll have a prize draw with some great prizes including a Go Pro video camera.
National Ride to Work Day started in 2005 and has grown into a celebration that sees thousands of people across Australia swap their cars, walking shoes or buses and trains for two wheels.
Surveys by the event organisers, Bicycle Network, have shown that nearly 40% of first-time riders who take part in Ride to Work day have picked up the habit and continued to ride.
We know that the number of people riding bikes has grown by 82% over the past two years. As we continue to roll out our network of safe, accessible bike paths we hope more and more Sydneysiders will choose to ride.
The Ride to Work Breakfast in Hyde Park is just one event in our Sydney Rides festivals. The two week festival starts this Saturday with the Woop! along the Bourke Street cycleway. There will also be group rides, exhibitions, film, fetes and more.