Ride with confidence into a more sustainable lifestyle

12 October 2022

Dust off the bike in your garage and polish your cycling skills as part of the 2022 Sustainable Ipswich program of events.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said free workshops on rider confidence and bike maintenance would be held on Thursday 20 October at Ipswich Cycle Park.

“The workshops, offered through council’s Active Healthy program, are aimed at adults wanting to develop skills needed to be confident to ride regularly on bike paths and bikeways,” Cr Milligan said.

“When people feel confident as cyclists they are empowered to take the active transport option, which is good for their health and good for the environment.

“Opting for active transport such as walking and cycling reduces traffic congestion, parking demands and carbon and air pollutant emissions. This makes for a more sustainable city.

Councillor Milligan said the workshops are being held the same week as National Ride2Work Day, Australia’s largest celebration of commuter riding.

“These workshops are a great chance to give commuter cycling a go,” Cr Milligan said.

The workshops will be held with ‘Roadie Rob’ who has a lifetime passion for riding and coaching.

“Riding a bicycle is for everyone – especially in Ipswich where the terrain is mainly flat and you can get around easily,” Cr Milligan said.

“The basic skills in these workshops are important to keep you safe and have fun on a bike.

"As long as you can ride a bike, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, you will learn something.”

More than 50 per cent of car trips are less than five kilometers, and Roadie Rob said cycling was a great alternative.

“Cycling keeps you fit, and it does not cost you any petrol – so it is a cheaper option than driving on those short trips and it keeps you healthy,” Cr Milligan said.

Find the Sustainable Ipswich program and register for events at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/sustainability