Top 5 Reasons to Commute by Bike

Cycling to work has a number of advantages over driving or taking public transport. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 reasons why you should commute by bicycle!

Save time

As Brisbane’s population continues to grow, the traffic gets worse and worse. Rush hour is now packed with more cars and buses than ever, but you know who doesn’t get trapped in rush hour traffic?

Cyclists. Cycling to work is quicker than driving or taking public transport for many commuters in peak traffic. Cycling to work will always take the same amount of time, no matter how much – or little – traffic there is.

Save money

Cars are expensive. The average weekly fuel cost in Australia is $71.5. If you include insurance, repairs and services, the average two-car household in Brisbane spends almost $20,000 on their cars every year. Wow.

Parking in Brisbane adds another cost on top, if you’re even able to find somewhere to park.

Public transport is much cheaper, but has the inconvenience of not getting to choose when to drive. But just because it’s cheaper than driving doesn’t mean that it’s cheap. Single zone tickets will cost $6.62 return in Brisbane, which amounts to $1,655 per year.

Most people live in zone 2 or 3, which makes tickets significantly more expensive, and it’s not uncommon to pay more than $10 in public transport fare every day.

At cycle2city, you get secure bike storage, free towels, clean shower facilities and many more amenities from just $4.30 per day! 

Beat the time crunch by including exercise

Do you sometimes feel that you wish you could hit the gym and get in shape, but you just can’t find the time? Look no further! By cycling to work, you’ll save time and get your exercise in at the same time, leaving you to invest your time savings where you want.

Cycling to work has a large range of health benefits like protecting you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. All this while being a form of exercise that has a low barrier to entry and a low impact on joints!

Fresh air

Gettin out in the fresh air just feels great, there’s no other way around it. Especially here in Queensland, where we are blessed with some of the best weather in the world year-round.

It’s a great way to unwind and blow off some steam after a stressful workday, and getting a break from our computer and mobile screens is a welcome change of pace.

Riding your bike is also a benefit for the people around you because cycling is a zero-emission mode of transport. A solo driver in an average vehicle releases about 1 kilo of C02 per 3 kilometers, an average cyclist releases 1.4 grams.

Transport accounts for approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and switching to riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for the environment.

Safety and the virtuous cycle

Feel like cycling to Brisbane is unsafe? It may seem counterintuitive, but the more cyclists we have on our roads, the less likely we are to have cyclists being struck by cars in traffic.

This is because cyclist safety is a virtuous cycle. Dr Julie Hatfield of The University of New South Wales says that “the likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle.”

This isn’t because there are less drivers overall, but because the drivers change their behaviour and become more cautious and careful as they become used to sharing the road with cyclists. This means that cycling is seen as safer, which means that more people begin cycling to work, and the cycle continues!

 

Are you interested in starting to cycle to work? At cycle2city, we offer a 7 day free trial that includes full use of our state of the art facilities:

  • 420 bike parking spaces utilising the latest German technology
  • Secure electronic entry for members
  • 270 secure lockers and 18 showers for men
  • 150 secure lockers and 15 showers for women
  • 12 lockers in the people with disability area
  • A fresh towel provided daily
  • Irons & ironing boards
  • Hair dryers
  • Access to valet laundry and cleaning service
  • Air-conditioned locker rooms
  • A full-service on-site bicycle workshop
  • Small retail area providing basic “commuter emergency items” from toothpaste to bicycle accessories.

Click here to sign up to your 7 day free trial today!


Cycle of Giving

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Join the journey! This year the Cycle of Giving is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, thousands of cyclists have pedalled to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation, medical research and to celebrate life for those people who have received a second chance. The Cycle of Giving is a unique journey with a spectacular backdrop – from the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains to the Redcliffe Peninsula, across the Hornibrook Bridge and then inland to where it all began a decade ago – Brisbane’s The Prince Charles Hospital. With three different distances to choose from, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider. Choose to ride 100km from Landsborough, 65km from Caboolture or 25km from Redcliffe with a team or as an individual. By inspiring your friends, workmates and family to sponsor you you’ll be turning your ride into a journey that will last a lifetime for those whose lives will be saved. Join the journey by registering today at www.cycleofgiving.org.au. Early bird registration closes on Tuesday 13 January 2015.


ATTENTION MEMBERS

ATTENTION MEMBERS:

CHANGES TO C2C OPENING HOURS FOR G20 WEEK

GOOD NEWS!!!

The Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has personally requested that Cycle2City be open from Monday 10th – Thursday 13th November next week leading up to the G20 event. This means that all Cycle2City members will be able to ride into the centre as per usual. We apologise for any confusion this may cause however it is beyond our control.

Thank you for your co-operation & see you all next week!


Bravehearts Time Trial 2014

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On Sunday 30th November 2014, The Bravehearts Time Trial will take place in Samford Valley where competitors will race 43km’s through the Valley’s picturesque scenery. The Bravehearts Time Trial will include many of the features of a professional time trial, from the ramp start to the motorcycle cameras and timing gates and will cater for both teams and individual riders. This event raises money for Bravehearts which strives to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. Competitors will have to raise a minimum of $1,000 each with the proceeds helping to fund education, counselling and case management services for Australian children and their families affected by sexual assault. There are some great prizes on offer for the highest fundraisers as well as the fastest times!

This is a race for the growing number of serious cyclists who are taking up the sport and want to test themselves against some of the best riders in Australia. The local community and general public are invited to attend and cheer on the riders, and there will be rides and food stalls set up for the kids. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to compete against the best while raising money for Australian kids – visit http://bravehearts.org.au/pages/events-calendar.php?_b=201411&event=130 for more. 
Source: http://bravehearts.org.au/pages/events-calendar.php?_b=201411&event=130 

 


Tour de Tamborine

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The Tour de Tamborine Mountain Sports Festival is back this November, celebrating its 12th year and welcoming participants from all areas. There are a range of different sports, courses and distances on offer throughout the weekend, including:

  • 8.5km Mini Mountain Trail Run
  • 15km Mountain Trail Run
  • 1km Junior Bolt
  • 5km Fun Run/Walk
  • 10km Run/Walk
  • Half Marathon
  • 4km Cycle
  • 14km Cycle
  • 25km Cycle
  • 50km Cycle
  • 100km Cycle 

Whether it’s cycling, running, hitting the trails or taking part in an organised walk, this is a great opportunity to get involved with over 2,000 other participants in a community event that helps to raise money for local beneficiaries. 

In addition to the sporting activities, there are several celebrational and educational activities throughout the mountain community including cycling skills clinics, running sports seminars and movies on the mountain. Tour de Tamborine 2014 is expected to be the biggest ever, so sign up today at http://tourdetamborine.com.au/entry-fees/ 

Source: http://tourdetamborine.com.au/


Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

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Queensland’s biggest and best bike ride is on again this Sunday 19th October! Starting at Brisbane’s South Bank, the course follows a combination of service and suburban roads all the way to the Broadwater Parklands at Southport on the Gold Coast. Celebrating its 10th year, this Bicycle Queensland 100km ride aims to get more people cycling more often and will be actively fighting heart disease – Australia’s number 1 killer – by raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation. 

Online entries have now closed but late entries can still be made in person so get in quick! Head to http://b2gc.bq.org.au/enter/ for more info. Good luck!  

(Source: http://b2gc.bq.org.au/)