The Sydney Rides Business Challenge is almost here, and I joined hundreds of riders for breakfast in Hyde Park on Tuesday morning to celebrate.
More than 2,200 people from 210 Sydney-based businesses have already signed up to the City-sponsored challenge which runs from March 23 and April 19.
There's no doubt that bikes are good for business and good for our city. Road congestion already costs our economy more than $5 billion each year, and this is expected to climb to $8 billion by 2020.
By encouraging more people to ride, we are helping reduce the number of people driving or crowding onto public transport.
Joining the Sydney Rides Business Challenge is simple. Just register your details on our website, and then log any ride you take that is longer than 10 minutes.
Keep an eye on the leader boards to see which organisations are getting the highest participation rates. If you're already a rider, the Business Challenge is a great way to encourage your colleagues to join you for a ride.
Companies already committed to the City of Sydney event include: Reserve Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, HSBC, Qantas, AECOM, Optus, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Yahoo7, News Corp, Fairfax Media, Foxtel, Allianz, Apple, JLL, Bluescope Steel, Hewlett-Packard, Stockland and Clayton Utz.
I'd especially like to thank the Hilton hotel for providing breakfast for the morning riders. Hilton General Manager, Ronald van Weezel, is a keen bike rider and the organisation won the last Challenge held in 2011.
Visit www.lovetoride.net/sydney to find out more or to register.