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National Ride to Work Day

If you have ever thought about riding to work but need some incentive to do it – then later this month may just be the day to start.

National Ride to Work Day 2007 will be held on Wednesday 17 October.

It’s not to be confused with National Walk to Work Day, which is on Friday, 5 October.

Damien Blackwell works in the Environment Division and is a workplace coordinator for National Ride To Work Day.

He’s keen to encourage as many DTAE staff as possible to jump on their bike and be a part of the event.

"Thousands of new riders are expected to register and take part from all across the country," he says.

Damien cycles to work most days either on his mountain or touring bike, depending on the weather.

On average it takes him about 12 minutes to get to work and about 18 minutes to get home (up several hills!).

"What I like about two wheeled commuting is that I can treat going to work and coming home as part of my daily exercise routine."

"Once you have done it a few times, it becomes second nature and it no longer seems like a chore."

He has been cycling to work for more than six years and says he has noticed an increase in the number of Agency staff riding to work.

More information on how to register for the event can be found at the website: www.ride2work.com.au

"DTAE staff can also help their workplace win a cycling hamper courtesy of Trek as part of the TravelSmart Workplace Challenge. Our workplace team code is 992137. Please remember to use this code when you register so you can be counted as part of the workplace team tally," Damien says.

Damien is also happy to provide assistance with planning your trip on the day and can be contacted on ext: 7850 or Damien.Blackwell@environment.tas.gov.au