Yesterday was National Ride2Work Day here in Australia. A day that encourages Australians to start riding to work and promotes commuting by bicycle as a regular habit.
Our Ride2Work Program at Bicycle Network is the one of the largest national behaviour change programs of its kind. Since it’s launch it’s seen a dramatic increase in the number of people choosing to ride to work. A staggering 61% of new riders who registered last year reported that they are still riding to work – weekly or more – when surveyed in March 2015, five months after National Ride2Work Day 2014.
This was the second ride2work day that I’ve worked at Bicycle Network and it was even more enjoyable than the first. Our activations which take place across capital cities and some regional centers across Australia encourage workplaces and councils to invite local cyclists for a free breakfast on their commute to work. The Melbourne City Square activation where I worked was once again a buzz of activity and it always amazes me with its diversity of cyclists passing through.
As with last year, I once again set out to not only capture the highlights of the event, but to really catalogue the wonderful mix of people that commute to work. The portraits that follow are but a microscopic view of a vast canvas, which reflects the very real commuter community here in Melbourne, one that I am very proud to be a part of.