Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Ride to Work Day Wednesday 17 October 2007

Toowoomba BUG is pleased to report its involvement with USQ and the first Ride to Work day activity to be held at the USQ campus.

Not only did the Vice Chancellor gave his in-principle and financial support to the day, he also rode his bike to the RtW breakfast to join nearly 60 other staff and student cyclists.

And it wasn't just USQ Toowoomba doing the riding, with the Springfield and Fraser Coast campus staff and students also joining in with their own versions.

Toowoomba riders started arriving at about 8.00 am and enjoyed a USQ and Student Guild supplied feed until work/study called all just before 9.00 am.

At lunch time, the Quad and R block were taken over with various displays.

Outside, staff and students were treated to a collection of odd and unusual bikes, courtesy of James, a BUG member.

SpeedPedal, the Greenspeed recumbent tricycle and Burley trailer specialists from Mount Tamborine, were there with a GT3 Series 2 and two child trailers on display, as well as a very popular Brompton folding bike: http://www.speedpedal.com.au

Inside, Bikeline was there in force with a display of bikes and information.

Bikeline offer a womens special group training ride class twice a week for beginning and advanced riders- contact Bikeline for further details: 4638 2242

Also there was Queensland Transport, Queensland Health, Toowoomba City Council, and HOPE.

The Toowoomba BUG is hoping USQ staff and students will form their own workplace BUG as a result of this very successful day to help build some momentum in advancing Toowoomba as a cycle friendly city, building on the good work TCC has already done with the TCC Cycle Strategy.

WIN TV called in and a short burst of the lunch time activity appeared on the 6.00 pm news on the night.

Toowoomba BUG thanks USQ and all who appeared or assisted in making the day a success.

Next year, more USQ riders and more Toowoomba workplace BUGs is the objective.

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