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Residents encouraged to get on their bikes

Residents encouraged to get on their bikes
14 October 2019

City of Mount Gambier employees Paul Gibbs and Tracy Tzioutziouklaris are gearing up to participate in Ride2Work Day on Wednesday.
City of Mount Gambier staff are gearing up for Ride2Work Day
City of Mount Gambier employees Paul Gibbs and Tracy Tzioutziouklaris are gearing up to participate in Ride2Work Day on Wednesday.

Mount Gambier residents are encouraged to join commuters across Australia by jumping on their bikes to participate in national Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 16 October 2019. More than 150,000 Australians are expected to demonstrate the power of the pedal and reap the health benefits of riding to work.

“Joining Ride2Work Day helps people who have never commuted by bike before to give it a go, and allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved,” Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard said.

“Riding to work is also a convenient way for people to get active, de-stress and save money on petrol and car costs.”

Ride2Work participants can take advantage of a free coffee or juice on the day by presenting their helmet at Limestone Coast Pantry, San Piero, The Pantry Shelf or Gambier West Deli. These businesses are conveniently close to and easily accessible via the Rail Trail which runs through the centre of Mount Gambier from Jubilee Highway West to Pick Avenue.

“Mount Gambier is the perfect place to participate in the nationwide initiative as it’s such a bike friendly city,” Mr Izzard said.

Mr Izzard also highlighted the significant cost benefits associated with leaving the car at home.

“The RAA estimates that it costs up to $17,000 a year to run some vehicles but it costs next to nothing to travel by bike, with the added bonus that this gentle form of incidental exercise is very good for your health.”

Riders are encouraged to register their participation on the Ride2Work website www.ride2work.com.au

Media contact: Communications Officer Ashlea Watson at awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8721 2577.