Almost 1,000 workplaces have already signed up for Australian Ride To Work Day on October 17, organizers announced at the event’s launch in Melbourne today. For this first coordinated national ride to work day, organisers expect over 60,000 workers to ride to over 2,600 workplaces, with around a quarter riding for the first time.
Australia's largest company, resources giant BHP Billiton, is supporting National Ride To Work Day and CEO Chip Goodyear was present for the launch. Mr Goodyear said that he regularly rode to work as it provided a great outlet for the demands of the job and gave him time to think.
"BHP Billiton has a great cycling culture at all levels of the organisation and we are delighted to be part of National Ride to Work Day," he said.
Heidi Marfurt, National Ride to Work Day director was delighted with the initial response to the national day. "It is only the first week of August and we already have workplaces from Hobart to Darwin registered for National Ride to Work Day," she said. "There’s every chance we could exceed our original target of 2,600 registered workplaces.
"This year we have created a dedicated website for the event, workplace promotional kits and a national Cycle-Friendly Workplace publication featuring case studies of leading organisations including Portfolio Partners, Arup, Boeing and Lend Lease."
Other major companies to support the event include the ANZ bank, bakery chain Bakers Delight, and medical products manufacturer CSL Limited. The government sector is also lending its support; the Australian Taxation Office's Canberra office is coordinating an anticipated big turnout of its staff across the nation.
National Ride To Work Day's state-based predecessors have helped get people on their bike. Thirt-four percent of those who took up riding in the Victorian event in 2006 were still riding to work five months later.
For more informaiton, see the Australian National ride To Work Day website