12 October 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast’s alternative transport committee, Travel2USC, has the wheels in motion for the 2012 Ride to Work Day to be held on Wednesday 17 October.
Travel2USC operations assistant Jo Gorring said staff and students were preparing to wake earlier on Wednesday to walk or cycle from home to campus and support the annual sustainability initiative.
“We’re meeting at the Art Gallery Piazza this year, with registered participants enjoying a free healthy breakfast as they arrive between 7.30am and 10.30am,” she said.
“Rotary is on board and Spin City Cycles Mooloolaba is our sponsor. There will be prizes up for grabs.”
Ms Gorring encouraged anyone who had considered riding or walking to work to simply give it a go for a day.
“You’ll feel good, get fitter and reduce the number of cars on campus,” she said.
A convoy of cyclists dubbed the Northern Bike Train will leave Peregian Beach at 6.50am, travelling through Coolum, Mudjimba and Mooloolaba for people to join in before reaching Sippy Downs. It aims for more than last year’s 18 riders.
Travel2USC is committed to raising the profile of the sustainable transport options available to USC staff and students. The campus offers end-of-trip facilities including lockers and showers at the Bike Hub.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those seeking bicycle buddies can go to the USC Facebook page www.facebook.com/Travel2USC or Bicycle Queensland’s website page for Bicycle User Groups.
— Julie Schomberg