Northern and Southern cyclists and walkers were rewarded with nourishment and bike repair tips at the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk and Sandy Bay campuses this morning (Wednesday, 16 October).
Each attracted a diverse range of students and staff who were supported by an amazing group of volunteers making breakfasts to celebrate active transport.
“Ride2Work is a great way for cyclists to celebrate their choice of travel together and an opportunity for those thinking about cycling in Launceston or Hobart to give it a go,” Launceston-based Sustainability Projects Officer Gabrielle Stannus said.
“Banana smoothies were powered by Blender Bike riders in the North, and Southern cyclists received delicious pancakes, bananas and hot drinks.
“We hope these events encourage active and sustainable transport choices and build an inclusive community around cycling at the University of Tasmania.”
At the Inveresk campus, students from the Launceston Big Picture School’s Bike Repair group provided bike maintenance advice and showcased upcycled bicycles, which were donated by the University, to raise funds for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.
“This ‘upcycling’ fundraiser with the University is a meaningful, collaborative project for our students and the event is right on our doorstep, so getting involved was a no-brainer,” Launceston Big Picture School educator Rob Lewandowski said.
Usually held at Newnham, this year’s Ride2Work event at Inveresk was a first.
An estimated 50 staff, students and community members attended the event at the site of the Northern Transformation Project which aims to provide better connections with the Launceston CBD.
At Sandy Bay, around 60 staff and students joined the celebrations which were co-presented by International Student Society TAS X and the University’s Sustainability Team.
“It was great to have a range of new cyclists and committed riders attend the breakfast this year. Partnering with the International Students’ Society TAS X attracted students from all over the world who were keen to ask questions about cycling in Hobart,” Sustainability Projects Officer Varunjani Jayaseelan said.
To help cyclists decide on the safest routes to campuses in Launceston and Hobart, the students working with the University’s Sustainability Team have produced an online tool called Decide Your Ride.
Decide Your Ride is an online buddy with videos and commentary showing safe and 'bikeable' routes. The tool also shares tips on route riding, including taking advantage of footpaths, passing parked cars, and dealing with intersections.
In Hobart, 14.5 per cent of staff working in the inner-city commute cycle, compared with 6.8 per cent of staff based at the Sandy Bay campus.
“We know that a barrier to cycling is perceived lack of safety in areas with high traffic, such as along Sandy Bay Road. However, there are many quiet backstreets that make for a much safer and even faster cycle commute,” Ms Stannus said.