Chic cycling for the Bike to Work Challenge

September 17, 2010

Murdoch Uni’s green travel champion is urging people to try cycling in style for this year’s Bike to Work Challenge if they’re not keen on donning exercise gear.

Environmental Program Manager Caroline Minton said participants in the annual challenge – which aims to get more people commuting on two wheels – didn’t have to wear Lycra.

"Cycling is not always synonymous with Lycra or exercise wear," she said.

"We’re encouraging people to just hop on their bicycle, dressed normally, and go calmly and carefully to where they need to go.

"I think it’s important that people see cycling as both an opportunity to exercise and a really pleasurable mode of transport that is also great for the environment.

"We hope people will see the Bike to Work Challenge as an opportunity to try out a different way of getting around town."

Murdoch has formed 10 teams for the challenge, made up of nearly 90 participants.

"Collectively the Murdoch teams have ridden over 5227 kilometres already," Ms Minton said.

"With Perth’s worsening peak hour queues, riding a bike to Murdoch is a way of avoiding that – but that doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style."

Glamour Push, which is Perth’s answer to Copenhagen’s charge to make cycling stylish again in Europe with its Cycle Chic, is encouraging women to cycle in style for short bike trips as part of the annual Cycle Instead Bike to Work Challenge.

An internal cycling survey so far shows that 65 per cent of the Murdoch participants are women, however the survey is still open online for uni’ cyclists who would like to add their details.

The challenge runs from September 6 to October 17, but new team members are encouraged to join in at any time.  More details can be found at the Cycle Instead in Spring website.

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