ENCOURAGING workers to 'Escape the Office' this summer, Bicycle NSW has teamed up with Addventageous, an affiliated riding group, to deliver a free program of rides in the Sydney Olympic Park business precinct.
As part of their work for the 'Get Healthy at Work' initiative, Addventageous are hoping to show employees that bike riding can be a great way to be active and socialise, as well as sharing a few cycling tips and tricks.
Starting from Pablo and Rusty's Espresso Bar on Jacaranda Square before moving through Bicentennial Park and surrounding streets, the next session is on Thursday, January 11 from 8am to 9am, with the final ride on Thursday, February 8.
Riders are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the ride for a briefing and a roadworthy bike and well-fitted helmet are essential. Register at bicyclensw.org.au/escape-the-office-rides.
Park Bikes manager Chris Barlin said that with more than 35km of cycle tracks as well as dedicated bike lanes, the precinct is an ideal place to ride for both beginners, including families, and more experienced riders.
He said several organised clubs use Jacaranda Square opposite their shop as a starting point for regular rides, including the Parklife Cycling Club (PCC) and the Lidcombe Auburn Cycling Club (LACC).
"There are also quite a few office workers in the precinct who ride around the Park at lunchtimes," he said.
"It is generally a quiet and nice place to ride and there are lots of bicycle trails here."
One of cyclist who regularly uses the park is Dooyeon Kim who said he rides there twice a week.
"I ride with the Casual Cycling Group Sydney as well as on my own," he said.
"I love it, Sydney Olympic Park is a good place to ride."