A wheel of a good time: Simon Williams and Simon Waterworth enjoy a sunny ride to work yesterday.
A wheel of a good time: Simon Williams and Simon Waterworth enjoy a sunny ride to work yesterday. Bruce Thomas

Coffs joins in on Ride to Work Day

THEY pedalled, panted and pushed themselves all the way to mark Ride to Work Day on the Coffs Coast.

One keen cyclist even clocked up almost 40km as Coffs Harbour City Council and businesses joined forces yesterday morning under glorious skies to help locals enjoy the big event.

The council hosted a free breakfast in City Square which included prizes and giveaways and Star FM showed its support by broadcasting its morning program from the CBD.

A bike bus for people who wanted company on their trip into the CBD from the south, ran into City Square and Ride To Work Day ambassadors were out in force. Organisers staged an easy-grade bike ride around the CBD and Coffs Creek for those who wanted to be part of the day but couldn’t ride from home.

Coffs Harbour Education Campus offered a healthy breakfast to staff and students who rode in and hairdressers were on hand throughout the city to help cyclists tackle the dreaded ‘helmet hair’ before heading into work.

Local bike companies also came to the party by lending cycles to people without their own wheels.

In other news, paramedics say they’re responding to more than 400 bicycle accidents a month across NSW.

“Even if you are an experienced rider, you are exposed and vulnerable in the road environment and are at risk,” an ambulance spokesman said.

“You can suffer serious injuries that may result in permanent disability or even death. That is why it is particularly important to protect the head from damage and ensure your helmet is correctly fitted.



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