Riding to Work
Did you know that 1.35 million Australians make car journeys to work of less than five kilometres? That’s the equivalent of a 15 minute bike ride!
A recent study showed that people who drive to work are 13 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese. In fact, with all other factors being equal, the simple act of riding to work lowers the risk of early death by 40 per cent.
So hop on a bike and you’ll not only avoid the peak hour crush, you’ll also get fit, feel great and meet new people.
Workplace promotion programs
The City of Sydney encourages employers to support their staff to cycle and to provide the right ‘end of trip’ facilities. We encourage and directly support businesses to initiate workplace cycling initiatives, including Workplace Travel Plans through the Workplace Cycling Promotion Program identified within the StreetShare strategy.
Tips for riding to work
- Plan your route using our Sydney Cycling Guide+Map.
- Use panniers or a basket to carry your gear.
- Ride on a weekend or during off-peak traffic first to familiarise yourself with the route.
- Start one or two days a week and then ride more often as your confidence and fitness improves.
- Consider doing the City of Sydney’s FREE ‘Cycling in the City’ Confidence Course.
- Speak to your HR department if your work doesn’t already have bike parking and shower facilities.