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Sydney businesses ride together to beat the traffic

At the same time as dozens of city centre offices are building end of trip facilities for their staff, 2017’s Ride2Work Day will see Sydney employees take to two wheels, get fit and beat the traffic.

The City of Sydney invites commuters to get involved and ride their bikes to work as part of the national event organised by the charity Bicycle Network next Wednesday 18 October 2017.

The annual event celebrates the health and time saving benefits of riding to work and brings together the bike-riding community.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said bikes play a crucial role in alleviating congestion in Sydney’s city centre and supporting the health of workers and residents.

“Our network of safe cycleways, shared paths and low-traffic routes moves thousands of people each day, taking the pressure off our congested roads and public transport,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The business community were the first to tell us Sydney needed a bike network to ensure our city remains globally competitive and keep people and their ideas moving. I am thrilled businesses are getting on board to provide riders with the facilities they need to get to work safely and comfortably.”

“You can now ride from the Sydney Harbour Bridge through the city to Green Square on safe cycle routes away from other traffic, so if you haven’t jumped on your bike to travel to work yet, I encourage you to have a go this Ride2Work Day.”

Office facilities including showers, bike parking stations and towel services are becoming increasingly common in Sydney’s city centre to keep employees active and engaged.

Mark Rossiter, CEO of end-of-trip facility specialists PFL Spaces, says Sydney businesses are investing in their buildings in a big way.

“More than 35 world-class end-of-trip facilities have opened in office buildings in the centre of Sydney over the past three years, with capital investment topping $35 million.”

“Spending by the private sector is higher than ever on fitting out offices with bike parks, lockers and showers. Businesses on King Street in the city centre have invested more than $15 million in anticipation of the completion of the cycleway there.”

Two thirds of Australians do not get enough exercise to maintain their health, and more than half of City of Sydney adult residents are overweight or obese according to the Australian Health Tracker, which is supported by Australian National Data Services.

The City of Sydney now has 12.5 kilometres of separated cycleways, including routes on Bourke, Castlereagh, Liverpool and Kent streets.

Ride2Work day falls in the middle of the Sydney Rides Festival, a month-long program of bike-based events including a chocolate ride, mechanic’s challenge and speed dating ride.

Walkers, scooters and riders will take over Mrs Macquarie’s Point on Saturday 28 October 2017 for a traffic-free twilight celebration to conclude the festival, with spectacular illuminations, a silent disco, food trucks and a special Halloween theme.

Source: City of Sydney

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