Two wheels beat four

TWO wheels have beaten four in this year’s Ride2Work Day Commuter Challenge, which saw six different transport options go head to head from South Hobart to the waterfront.

“We’ve started running the Commuter Challenge on Ride2Work Day to show how long each transport option takes on the same route,” Bicycle Network Tasmania’s public affairs manager Alison Hetherington said.

“But it’s not just about which mode is quicker.

“Options like riding a bike also provide health benefits and save you money so your daily commute is more than just transport.

“This year, we ran the challenge from the Cascade Brewery to the Ride2Work Day breakfast on Morrison Street.”

The pushbike rider took back streets and got there in 10 minutes, the e-bike rider took the Rivulet Path and got there in 13 minutes, followed by the motorbike and motor scooter riders also at 13 minutes via different road routes, the car driver in 14 minutes straight down Macquarie Street and the bus passenger in 32 minutes.

Ms Heatherington said the challenge showed the convenience of bicycles and motorbikes and also illustrated the need for buses to get dedicated road lanes so they could be a viable alternative to private cars.

“E-bikes are an option many people may not have thought about, but they are quick, cheap to run and riders don’t need a shower, but still get in some daily exercise,” she said.

“The challenge reflects the true nature of commuting as the car driver and motorbike and bicycle riders all had to park as normal and walk the rest of the way to the breakfast.”

The Bicycle Network extended its thanks to RACT, Motorcycle Riders Association, Hobart Motor Scooter Club and its volunteers for taking part in this year’s Commuter Challenge.

Caption: Anna Fitzgerald, from Rokeby, and Shane Holland, Bicycle Network Ride to School coordinator, at the Ride2Work Day breakfast.

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