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					                                   Ride to Work Day Newsletter October 2009
This project is funded by the
Australian Government Department
                                                                           In this issue:
of Health and Ageing.                                                      Ride to Work Day
                                                                                   Wednesday 14
                                                                                   October
                                                                              Carlo invites you to
                                                                              join in Ride to Work
                                           Day
                                           Big Ride to Work Breakfast 7am-8.30am Wednesday
                                           14 October
                                           National Workplace Cycling Challenge
                                           Ride safely to the Ride to Work breakfast
                                           Last to register for a chance to win Ride to Work Day
                                           Prizes
Pedal Power is proudly supported
                                           Ride to Work Starter Pack – limited offer
by the ACT Government, under the
                                           Pedalling Partners
ACT Health Promotion Grants
Program.                                News you can use
                                          Quote of the month
                                          Stolen bike
                                          Zoo 2 Zoo Ride
                                          Support Pedals2Perth
                                          Register for Fitz’s Challenge now
                                          Cyclists racked their brains
                                          Big strong cyclists needed
                                          Discounts at all the best bike shops – and more!
                                          Exercise, breastfeeding almost halves cancer risk
                                          Ask Google to generate bicycle route maps,
                                          UK motoring group promotes cycling
Find thirty®. It's not a big exercise     Workplace Cycling Workshops:
Just 30 minutes of moderate
intensity physical activity on most     Administrivia
days of the week is needed for            Items for next newsletter…
good health. You don’t need to            To join or leave this mailing list …
do 30 minutes in one go. Three lots     Calendar
of 10 minutes is just as beneficial.      Ride to Work Day 14 October.
For more suggestions on how you           'Bike Futures' Conference
can ‘find thirty’ check out               Zoo 2 Zoo ride 16-18 October
www.findthirty.com.au                     MTB Mechanical Survival Course : Sun: 18 Oct
                                          UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships.
                                          Fitz’s Challenge 1 November
Ride to Work Day Wednesday 14 October
Carlo invites you to join in Ride to Work Day
Carlo Alcos rode to his first Ride to Work Day last year. A year later he’s still pedalling to work,
waving to drivers he passes while they’re stuck in traffic, avoiding the seasonal flus and colds that
get passed around in trains and buses, and just enjoying the exercise and fresh air – especially
riding through the park. Read his inspiring story and his article, “A Pedaler Amongst Lead Foots:
Biking to Work.”
Here are five great reasons to give it a go:
    Be part of a big event
    Look good, feel great and have fun
    Do your bit for the environment
    Reduce your chances of obesity, heart disease and diabetes
    Save money
If all that isn't enough to convince you, why don't you calculate the health, environmental and
financial benefits.
Big Ride to Work Breakfast 7am-8.30am Wednesday 14 October
Come along to the rotunda in Glebe Park (entry off Bunda
and Binara Sts) for a FREE breakfast with food provided by
St Hilliers Contracting, Baker’s Delight, Australian Bananas
and Winners Bars. Cataldo’s Salon will demonstrate how to
treat “helmet hair,” and we will give away a night’s
accommodation for two at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The Night Parrots will entertain you at the breakfast. They are
a small, broad-tailed folk-pop band, endemic to the
Canberra region. They sing original contemporary acoustic
songs. They are cryptic and hard to find, but well worth
seeking out.
National Workplace Cycling Challenge
Celebrate the team spirit of National Ride to Work Day by
being part of the Workplace Challenge! Your workplace has
the chance to be recognised for outstanding participation
and all registered workplaces will receive a commemorative certificate.
There will be one ACT winner in each category listed below.
   •          Largest % of staff riding to work on National Ride to Work Day, in 4 categories of
   worksites.
   •         Best National Ride to Work Day workplace story. Write a short story (no more than 400
   words) about National Ride to Work Day in your workplace and send it to the Ride to Work
   Team with `RTW story’ in the subject line. Closing date: 21 October 2009.
   •        Best National Ride to Work Day workplace photo. Check with your workplace
   Coordinator, as each workplace may only send one photo. Closing date: 21 October 2009.
Winners of each category will receive prize hampers containing two Nike jerseys and a bicycle
computer, courtesy of Trek Bikes Australia. More …
Ride safely to the Ride to Work breakfast
To ensure that you arrive safely at the Ride to Work breakfast, check out the following advice:
Enjoy Safe Cycling in the ACT                          Riding in Traffic
Everything you wanted to know about riding             Cycling and your health
       to work                                         Cycling - health and safety tips
Responsible Riding                                     Cycling - preventing injury
Learning new skills.
Last to register for a chance to win Ride to Work Day Prizes
ACT Prizes include TREK 7.6 FX bikes valued at $1,999, and a Ride to Work Starter pack.
Click here for information on how to register and qualify for these prize draws.
Ride to Work Starter Pack – limited offer
A Ride to Work Starter Pack includes a helmet, lights, bike lock, water bottle, pump, and puncture
repair kit. We have negotiated a special deal with some of Canberra's better bike shops for a
minimum 10% discount on these packs. The price varies from $150 to $200, depending on the
discount and the items available at each shop. This offer is only available until 30 November 2009.
Click here for more information.
Pedalling Partners
Please click here if you work in Civic and you could help work out a suitable commuting route,
would like someone to show you a good route to work, or would just like someone to ride with. Our
current volunteers ride to Civic from Belconnen, Conder, Curtin, Gungahlin, Holder, Macquarie,
Scullin and Watson.

News you can use
Quote of the month
Building roads to cure congestion is like buying bigger clothes to cure obesity. John Grant, The
Age, 5/9/09. [Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter #122]
                                     Stolen bike
                                     One of our Ride to Work members has had his bike stolen:
                                     Description:
                                     Bike: Trek 1.2 Road Bicycle, 2008 Model.
                                     Colour: Black with red detail. Shimano 600 crankset, with red
                                     pedals (not clip-ins). Front tyre is a Schwalbe Blizzard (easily
                                     identified by the blue stripes). If you see this bike, please
                                     contact Gerard on 6283 2089.
Zoo 2 Zoo Ride
Starting in 2006, this is now an annual event. The 2009 Zoo 2 Zoo will take place on 16 to 18 October
with 3 rides travelling to the Western Plains Zoo starting from Taronga zoo, Wagga Zoo and
Canberra Zoo respectively. This year the goal is to raise money and help raise awareness for the
Black Dog Institute which offers specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder. More …
Support Pedals2Perth
ACT Chief Minister's Department Rider-to-Worker Dan Stewart and two friends will cycle from
Canberra to Perth later this year to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.
Information on the ride is available at www.pedals2perth.net. Dan would be grateful for any
support that you might be willing to provide, be it a financial donation, raising awareness of the
project, or simply sending a message of encouragement.
Register for Fitz’s Challenge now
Registrations are filling up quickly, so avoid disappointment and register now at www.ocf-fitz.-
com.au. Four challenges – how far will you go? Fitz’s Epic Challenge 207 km: a hill-grinding odyssey
(3300+ m ascent) Fitz’s Classic Challenge 165 km: a daunting challenge with plenty of climbing
(2300+ m ascent) Tharwa Challenge 105 km: this one will sneak up on the complacent (1300+ m as-
cent) Tidbinbilla Challenge 50 km: designed specifically to challenge newcomers (800+ m ascent)
Details and registration at www.ocf-fitz.com.au
Cyclists racked their brains
[Graham Readfearn: Courier-Mail September 22, 2009]: Ideas for bike racks sketched on napkins in
Brisbane bars have turned into a free-wheeling business for two Queensland university graduates.
Tim Ceolin and Mark Rossiter established Penny Farthings Pushbike Parking in 2007 to design,
manufacture and sell facilities for bike riders.
Their innovative "green pod" design crams two changing rooms, two showers, 28 lockers and
28 bike racks into just three conventional car parking spaces.
Big strong cyclists needed
The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets tandem riding team is looking very strong cyclists weighing around
90kg or more who would be able to pilot a tandem with Ross, a blind cyclist. Ross has been training
hard for the Hartley Challenge.
We need cyclists to ride with him on training rides before the Challenge, and in the Challenge on
28, 29 and 30 November.
If you are interested in this Challenge and in helping Ross and our team complete this ride, please
phone Lauren Brand on 0403 602 577 as soon as you can.
Discounts at all the best bike shops – and more!
Pedal Power members get special discounts at all 18 of Canberra’s best bike and bike clothing
shops, plus two camping stores, Rebel Sport, Doug Thompson panniers, Row’n’Ride bike and
canoe hire, YHA hostels and a Chinese medicine clinic. Click here to join Pedal Power and start
enjoying great discounts!.
Exercise, breastfeeding almost halves cancer risk
NEARLY 40% of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented if women kept a healthy
weight, drank less alcohol, exercised more and breastfed their babies, according to a new report.
[Source: Herald Sun, September 1, 2009, quoted in Active Media September 2009.]
Ask Google to generate bicycle route maps,
According to an article in the Aug. 26th Marin County Bicycle Coalition newsletter, a request for
Google to create maps for the best cycling routes in any particular area has been posted on their
'Suggest It' page. Everyone with an interest in biking (and walking) should go to
http://tinyurl.com/ctuuos and “vote” under Route Information. If Google is flooded with requests, it
may result in a tool of interest to all cyclists and walkers. [Source: University of South Carolina
Prevention Research Center Notes].
UK motoring group promotes cycling
A UK Institute of Advanced Motorists study shows that over five million drivers there also ride
bicycles. Their Cycling Motorists report (PDF, 2.4 MB) promotes different strategies to get more
drivers to cycle. [Source: University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center Notes].
Workplace Cycling Workshops:
Develop practical skills and confidence for your staff to safely use bikes for work, commuting, fitness
or just fun. Workshops focus on building confidence, knowledge, improved bike handling,
technique skills, cycling safety and awareness. Max: 8 persons per riding group, Cost: $275.00
include handouts. More …

Administrivia
Items for next newsletter…
Are due by Friday 30 October. Please use the Pedal Power contact form at
http://www.pedalpower.org.au/contact/ or send an email to ridetowork(at)pedalpower.org.au.
To join or leave this mailing list …
To join the list for this newsletter, contact your workplace Ride to Work coordinator or email your
workplace details to ridetowork{at}pedalpower.org.au, [replacing “{at}” with the “@” symbol].
To leave the mailing list for this newsletter, please contact the Ride to Work workplace coordinator
who forwarded it to you.
Calendar
Ride to Work Day 14 October.
Click here for more information.
'Bike Futures' Conference
15 - 16 October 2009, MCG, Melbourne. Inaugural Bicycle Network conference with keynote
speaker Niels Torslov, Head of Traffic in Copenhagen, Denmark. More ....
Zoo 2 Zoo ride 16-18 October
Ride from the Canberra Zoo to the Western Plains Zoo, to raise money for the Black Dog Institute for
depression. More …
MTB Mechanical Survival Course : Sun: 18 Oct
Only a few places left. Cost: $66.00 includes some supplies + arvo tea. More …
UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships.
19th to 24th October 2009 at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney. More …
Fitz’s Challenge 1 November
If you ride to work regularly, you’ll be in fine shape for the 50km Tidbinbilla Challenge – or perhaps
the 207km Fitz’s Epic! Details and registration available at www.ocf-fitz.com.
Hartley Ability Cycle Challenge
28, 29, 30 November: Join 300 cyclists riding 450 km from Canberra to Kosciusko and back to raise
money for Hartley Lifecare: http://www.hartley.org.au/events.html.
Bike Maintenance Classes
Sunday 29 November: Pedal Power’s next Basic and Intermediate Bike Maintenance classes.
Australian Cycling Conference
– 18-19 January 2010: Professionals involved in cycling research, policy development, planning and
project implementation present research and findings, learn about the latest events in their field,
and network with peers. More details: www.hubtt.com.au/australiancyclingconference.
Semaine Federale in Australia
24 January 2010: A week of cycle touring for cyclists of all abilities, culminating in the Audax Alpine
Classic.

				
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