Hindmarsh Square/Mukata will be the place to be for bike riders Wednesday morning as they grab a free caffeine hit and breakfast as part of National Ride2Work Day.
Organised nationally by Bicycle Network, Ride2Work Day is the largest celebration of commuter bike riding in Australia. The main objective of the day is to normalise the idea of riding to work. It encourages people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go and allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to jump on the bike more often.
The City of Adelaide will put on a free breakfast from 7am until 9am with breakfast being served by our friends at Rotary and Hello Sarni.
People are encouraged to ride along the Frome Bikeway on the way and, courtesy of Splash Adelaide, use our ‘Pop-up Bikeway’ on Pirie Street (between the Frome Bikeway and Pulteney Street) that is open from 6am to 6pm.
This temporary stretch of protected bikeway is a Splash Adelaide initiative. Splash Adelaide is all about throwing away the rule book to test ideas, foster innovation and remove barriers to enable the community to deliver projects in the city.
Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said that with a record $12 million investment from City of Adelaide and the State Government on the city bikeways project, it clearly demonstrates a shared commitment to encourage more people to ride bikes.
“We’re also asking motorists to drive with extra care on Ride2Work Day, with many more people riding bikes on our roads than usual,” said the Lord Mayor.
“I also love that Splash Adelaide is getting involved in Ride2Work Day with the Pop-Up Bikeway which is a bit of fun and I’ll certainly be enjoying a ride along it.”
Councillor Dr. Helen Donovan will also be riding to work and encouraged people doing the same to refuel at Hindmarsh Square with free coffee and breakfast.
“Starting your day with exercise not only boosts your physical health, but also your mental health! It significantly increases your productivity at work; workplaces who enable active travel reap the benefits.
Also, the average Australian household currently spends about $350 a week on transport costs. Imagine what you could do with those extra dollars when you start riding to work more frequently!” said Dr. Donovan.
Free registrations for National Ride2Work Day 2019 are now open here.
SA Police will also be on hand to talk about bike security and are providing a free bike engraving service.