It's all about the triple bottom line

By UTE SCHULENBERG

HOW did you get to work this morning?

If you came on your bike, then well done, you are part of a growing body of workers who used pedal power today, National Ride to Work Day, to do their bit for global warming and their health.

Both regulars and first timers from over 2500 workplaces have signed up to help celebrate this inaugural national event.

For Centrelink call centre worker Aaron Virieux riding five kilometres to work is great for both his health and hip pocket.

"We're a one-car family and riding to work allows us to stay that way," Mr Virieux said.

"And at the end of the day, that short burst of energy clears my mind of the day's pent up energy."

Colleague Mark Henderson says he looks forward to his daily ride home to Sawtell.

"It de-stresses me," Mr Henderson said.

"I arrive home, relaxed and exercised I have a shower and I'm ready for the evening.

"It's about the triple bottom line economy, environment and social. For the 20 other riders I see each morning, there are hundreds of cars it's a disappointing ratio when you consider how great the benefits are.

"Hopefully this event will encourage others to get out of their cars and join us and also remind drivers that bike riders are entitled to their place on the roads."

See www.ride2work.com.au



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