National Ride to Work Day

National Ride to Work Day - Wed 18 October 2017

Free community breakfasts are held around Australia. In Hobart the main breakfast is held at Mawson Place on Hobart's Waterfront and a smaller breakfast is held on the eastern shore at Kangaroo Bay. If you're a new rider register your intention to ride.

Click on the map to plan your route to your nearest breakfast.

Hobart Waterfront Breakfast

After organising the breakfast for a number of years Cycling South has handed the baton to Bicycle Network Tasmania to host the community breakfast at Mawson Place on Hobart's waterfront (corner Davey St and Argyle St at the end of the Intercity Cycleway) from 6.30am to 9.00am. The breakfast is a great social occasion where regular riders can catch up with friends and work colleagues, while new riders are supported and encouraged. The event is supported by Hobart City Council. 

Breakfast Menu

  • Coffee (brewed on site by a barista)
  • Bananas (kindly supplied by Australian Bananas)
  • Savory baked goods (kindly supplied by Bakers Delight)

 

FRee Activities

  • Bike Fit - Australian Physiotherapy Association members will fit people correctly to their bikes.
  • E-bike test - Eco-Bikes will have two bikes available to try
  • Hobart Bike Kitchen - If your bike needs a bit of TLC the Bike Kitchen volunteers will help you to get it rolling smoothly again

 

Eastern Shore Breakfast

Clarence City Council is hosting a breakfast for Rosny Park and Bellerive workers and providing a pit-stop for commuters heading to Hobart via the Tasman Bridge.

Location

  • Clarence Foreshore Trail at Kangaroo Bay (near Rosny College)
  • Time: 7.30am to 8.30am
  • Menu: fruit, juice, baked goods

 

Secure Bike Parking in hobart cbd

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Why ride?

Even if all of the above doesn’t entice you here are some excellent reasons to ride your bike as often as possible. For instance, every time you ride your bicycle to work, instead of using your car, you improve your health, save money and avoid carbon dioxide emissions.

In fact the health to risk benefit for cycling has been assessed as between 15 to 400 times healthier than it is risky!

Here is a brief rundown of just the health benefits:

Immune system

Moderate activity, such as cycling, strengthens the immune system and thus contributes to a healthy life. It can also increase activity against tumour cells, assisting the prevention of related illnesses.

Muscles

The leg muscles are responsible for pedalling; the abdomen and back muscles stabilise the body on the cycle; and the shoulder-arm muscular system supports the body at the handlebars. All this trains and tightens up the muscular system, making it stronger and able to function efficiently.

The skeletal system

Exercise and the accompanying strain on the skeletal system strengthen it and increases mobility. Cycling has a positive effect on bone density and strength.

Spinal diseases and back pains

Posture when cycling is optimum Cycling stimulates muscles in the lower back and the small muscles of the vertebrae which are difficult to affect through other exercise. This can help reduce the likelihood of back pains and other problems.

Joint protection

Cycling provides exercise with little weight and impact loading on joints. The circular movement of cycling assists the transport of energy and other metabolic produces to the cartilages, reducing the likelihood of arthrosis.

Mental stress

Cycling counteracts anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. The exercise also controls hormonal balance.

Oxygen and circulation

Among other things, regular physical activity strengthens the respiratory muscles, which leads to improved ventilation of the lungs and thus has a positive effect on oxygen exchange. Enormous positive health effects can be achieved in energy uptake and processing, through moderate cycling.

Heart and cardiovascular diseases

Cycling is ideal for reducing all the risk factors that lead to a heart attack. Regular cycling reduces the likelihood of heart attack by more than 50%.

Body weight, adiposity and obesity

Cycling is ideal for targeting these problems as 70% of the body's weight is borne by the saddle, thus enabling people who could not otherwise move easily to exercise to increase their physical fitness and stimulate fat metabolism. Cycling also contributes to weight reduction by burning energy.

Body fat and hypercholesterol

Cycling can reduce body weight and optimise good cholesterol.

Blood pressure

Moderate cycling can prevent, or reduce, high blood pressure and so help to avoid stroke or damage to the organs. Blood pressure is also reduced by a lower heart rate, which is a result of regular cycling.

Cancers

Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of colon, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers, and possibly lung and endometrial cancers too.

Stamina

Cycling is especially good for aerobic exercise as the strain on the body is less than in other endurance sports. Improved stamina reduces tiredness and fatigue and promotes a sense of well-being.

Beauty and attractiveness

Cyclists are good looking.

As adapted from: http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1015.html

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