Hundreds defy weather to Ride To Work
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Around 300 staff and students from the University of Adelaide are expected to take part in National Ride To Work Day today (Wednesday 14 October).
The University, with assistance from the National Wine Centre, is hosting a breakfast at its North Terrace Campus at 8.00am, providing an opportunity for riders from across Adelaide to gather and show their support for riding to work.
"By taking part in National Ride To Work Day, the University is doing its part to raise the profile of the health and environmental benefits of riding bicycles," says Mr Paul Duldig, Vice President (Services and Resources).
"For some people, this will be the first time they have thought about riding to work. From past experience, it's a great event. It brings people together and gives them an opportunity to understand the positive impact of cycling on individuals, the University and the community."
Mr Duldig - who is among those registered for today's event - says riding to work is one way of helping the University reduce its carbon footprint.
"We're pleased to be supporting the aims of National Ride To Work Day, which align with the University's own goals of encouraging alternative means of transport."
To help staff and students prepare for the ride, the University worked with Bicycle SA to hold a series of bike maintenance workshops.
"While it's important for us to encourage people to ride to the University, we also want to make sure that people understand how they can get their bicycles 'ride ready'. These workshops have been particularly useful for first-time riders or people who have not ridden a bike for many years."
For more information visit: www.ridetowork.com.au