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!


Frequency Illusion, road tripping and cyclists

On March 28th I wrote this blog in order to have it ready for posting today. At the time I was an avid dot watcher, totally taken in by the strength of the Indian Pacific Wheel Racers. A race that caught the attention of so many. Cyclist or not, computer screens across the globe were alight with flashing dots watching these amazing people ride from Freemantle, WA to Sydney, NSW.   I was in total awe not only of their physical capabilities but their individual resilience and mental toughness.

Australian open roadAt approximately 6.30am, Friday March, 31, the race changed. It was no longer about how far the dots had moved but about how one dot had stopped moving. A race that had captivated so many had changed, it was now about the loss of Mike Hall, second place rider in the #IPWR. A man, that before the race I did not know of. Like so many others I felt I had come to know a little part of him, I admired his spirit, his grit and most of all his smile that didn’t seem to waiver no matter the terrain. When I read the news that a fatality had occurred, I sat stunned, tears streaming down my cheeks, my children asked me what was wrong, I had no words.

I recently read a piece from Craig Fry, it touched a nerve, I too ride with my children and while I’m not in the same riding category as Craig I have the same fears he wrote about – allowing my children to move from the path to the road is a mammoth ask.  Not only am I looking and listening out for my own safety, I now have 3 other little people I need to keep safe.

Mike Hall’s tragic accident leaves us all with questions, how? Why? What? Some we may never know the answers too, what we do know though is that we need to raise positive awareness of cyclists on our roads. We’re all someone’s mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, cousin, friend, lover, wife, husband…to someone we are their everything. How do we change the current attitude of all road users?

AWARENESS is a start….we all need to be aware of who is behind, in front and beside us on the road, regardless of the vehicle type, we are all road users and need to be aware of each other. What if just by playing road trip games you can increase the awareness of cyclists on the road?

Punch BuggyThis is where ‘frequency illusion’ or ‘Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon’, comes into play. What is this? Well have you every played punch buggy? You know, see a VW Beetle and punch the passenger beside you while calling ‘PUNCH BUGGY’. Have you noticed how this game heightens your awareness of these cars on the road? That is exactly what frequency illusion is. It’s the ‘phenomenon’ in which people who learn or notice something, start seeing it everywhere. It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden there are more VW Beetles on the road, it just means that you now have a heightened awareness for these cars. So why not use this phenomenon to heighten awareness of cyclists on the road!

Road trip games can be an easy way to pass the time while on a long or short trip, something to keep the passengers entertained so the driver can concentrate on driving. Why not mix up some common road trip games or introduce some new ones this Easter. Try out these ideas. You just wait and see how frequency illusion kicks in after playing these.

  • Counting cyclists, simple yet affective.  It really is that simple, you can simply count how many cyclists you see on road trips or mix it up a little.  2 points for a bicycle, 1 point for a motorcycle and a bonus 10 points for a tandem bicycle…yes we do see these. You can set a point goal, or just try and achieve maximum points until you reach your destination.  First to see calls it, as you can guess this one can get a little heated, be ready for a good debate over who saw what first.
  • Traffic cricket – We choose red for our wicket (it is my favourite colour after all).  Passenger one will start the count (we count any road user, cyclist; motorcycle; car; truck etc), passenger one will continue to count road users until they encounter RED (a red car, red truck, rider wearing or riding a red bike etc).  Passenger two then starts their count until they encounter RED.  The game continues for as long as you like.  The passenger with the highest count during their innings wins!
  • Spotto – An old favourite. See a yellow car and call ‘SPOTTO’, well why not get creative. We’ve come up with many more names like: Fairy Floss – pink; Booger – Green; Crusty Demon – Motorcycle and Wheelie – cyclist. Kids are very creative; if you’re ever stuck for ideas ask a little one for help.
  • Cyclist silence – Everyone in the car must remain silent until someone spots a cyclist. Not going to lie, this is one of my favourites.
  • Cyclist story – Remember the shopping game…I went to the shops and bought a……. Well same idea different base.
    • Step 1 – see a cyclist and give him/her a name.
    • Step 2 – passenger 1: This is Sam, Sam went for a ride and saw a purple people eater
    • Step 3 – passenger 2: Sam went for a ride and saw a purple people eater and a Brisbane Bronco
    • Step 4 – passenger 3: Sam went for a ride and saw a purple people eater, a Brisbane Bronco and a truck carting seals etc etc
    • Carry on until a) you see another cyclist or b) someone can’t remember something in story. A new game then kicks off.

Remember these are passenger games! Be mindful of your driver and avoid distractions.

There are so many avenues to available to bring about positive changes for all road uses. Organisations such as Space for cycling Brisbane and local BUG’s (Bicycle User Groups) proactively seek change. Get involved help make positive changes in your community to make the road safe for all users. Speak to your local member and let them know of concerns in your community.

Let us know what you do to promote safe cycling in your community.

EasterHappy Easter from the team at cycle2city.  Remember, Easter chocolate is calorie free – ok it’s not but I’ll keep telling myself that.


Beating the Breakfast Blues.

Breakfast on the go: tips and ideas!

According to the Dieticians Association of Australia, enjoying a nutritious breakfast everyday is important for a number of health reasons. Research shows that breakfast can help you maintain a healthy weight, provides energy and essential nutrients, and improves alertness, concentration, mental performance, mood and memory.

 

Unfortunately, according to a study by Kraft Foods Australia, more than half of Australians are regularly skipping breakfast. The Kraft Foods ‘Aussie Breakfast Report’ researched the breakfast eating habits of Australians. The study found that more than half (56 per cent) are missing out on their morning meal at least once a week, and almost a third are skipping as many as three times per week.

 

The report found that many people attributed skipping breakfast to not having enough time in the morning.

 

Below are some healthy breakfast ideas and tips for having brekky on the go as recommended by the Dieticians Association of Australia.

 

Smart eating ideas for brekkie!

 

  1. A bowl of whole grain cereal with milk, a dollop of yoghurt and sliced fresh fruit. Try adding a sprinkle of nuts for extra crunch!
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  1. A delicious smoothie made from milk, fresh fruit and yoghurt

 

  1. A toasted slice of sourdough with some cheese, baked beans or avocado

 

  1. Untoasted muesli or rolled oats

 

  1. Poached eggs on whole grain toast with tomato, mushrooms or spinach

 

Rushed for time in the morning? No need to skip breakfast!

 

  1. breakfast tips cycle2cityKeep a supply of healthy whole grain cereals in the house. These are quick, easy and very nutritious. Try  quick oats – 90 seconds in the microwave!

 

  1. Prepare breakfast the night before by setting the table, with bowls and cutlery. This works well for children. You could also prepare bircher muesli the night before.

 

CYCLE2CITY BREAKFAST

 

  1. If you eat breakfast at work, be prepared with some healthy food choices. For example, store some yoghurt and cheese in the fridge. Keep a loaf of whole grain bread, some nuts, fruit and tins of baked beans on hand.
  1. Smoothies are a quick. healthy and easy breakfast option, and can also be consumed on the go!

 

As the days grow cooler, the morning motivation can be harder, don’t sacrifice breakfast for an extra 10minutes in bed.  Fuel up and be ready for whatever the day throws at you.


Queen’s Wharf Development Traffic Changes

Queen’s Wharf Development – CBD traffic changes in affect from January 1, 2017.

The Queen’s Wharf Development construction is scheduled to commence on January 1, 2017.   The development is situated between the Brisbane River and George Street, and stretching from Alice Street to Queen Street, the construction of the integrated resort development is expected to take place over 6 years.

During the demolition phase the Bicentennial Bikeway is expected to remain open.  The route for cyclists and pedestrians may change depending on the construction works throughout the six-year build.  Cyclists will be notified through extensive signage and traffic controllers will assist with the safe management of these spaces when necessary.

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How to keep up-to-date 

 


Brisbane Councillor Schrinner visits Cycle2City

Great to catch up and show Cr Adrian Schrinner Cycle2City facilities and discuss future opportunities. We thank Cr Schrnner for taking time to vist and discuss bringing bigger and better options to our members. Cycle2City prides itself on innovation, we were one of the firsts to introduce such a facility to Brisbane. We provide an alternative to public transport with high quality, safe and secure bike parking, showers, lockers and support services at great value for money so that cycle commuting becomes the absolute pleasure it should be.

Our facilities are superior to most End of Trip Facilities found amongst newer buildings. Did you know you get your own locker, hot shower and a fresh daily towel to use all for the low cost of $4.88 per day (12mnth membership). We also offer great discounted rates to businesses either small or large in Brisbane. Be part of the Cycle2City movement by joining today or contact us directly reception@cycle2city.com.au

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