Pedal power challenge wins support of city businesses

February 15, 2017 by  

Thousands of workers from Alexandria and throughout the City of Sydney are gearing up to participate in this year’s Sydney Rides Challenge.

According to Lord Mayor Clover Moore, the challenge, which is held over four weeks, will see businesses promoting an active and healthy workplace while at the same time competing to secure honours by having the greatest number of staff riding bikes.

Representing a great opportunity for companies to make the most of individual promotional products featuring company logo designs, the event has already attracted registrations from leading organisations, including Lend Lease, Sydney University, Westpac, Allianz, Hilton Sydney and NRMA.

The Lord Mayor said many businesses are already well aware that employees who are active are also more productive and happier.

He said riding a bike to work was a growing trend that was having positive flow-on effects throughout the city.

In addition to boosting an employee’s overall wellbeing, he said, having more people using bikes to ride to work assists greatly in easing traffic congestion, which is currently costing Sydney businesses an estimated $5bn annually.

Lord Mayor Moore said 7,000 city workers currently ride to work, which is the equivalent of seven full Sydney trains and 116 packed buses.

He said last year 359 businesses were represented by 4,465 workers, who rode a total of 618,604km during the challenge.

The Sydney Rides Challenge will be held from March 1 to 31.