Uni staff and students learn new transport tips

A NEW Ride2Uni program has rolled out at Tasmanian university campuses during September, giving people the skills and tips needed to ride a bicycle for transport.

Ride2Uni is a partnership between Bicycle Network and the University of Tasmania which aims to get more people choosing two wheels to get to classes.

“While most of us learn to ride a bicycle as kids, we know that some people stop during their teens and twenties, so this program is all about giving them a skills refresher so they feel more confident in getting back on a bicycle,” Bicycle Network’s Tasmanian public affairs manager Alison Hetherington said.

“And for people who have come from elsewhere in Tasmania, Australia or overseas, we run through some of the more comfortable routes to get to campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.

“These are typically off-road paths where available and quiet road riding routes, with sections on footpaths on busy roads that have no cycling infrastructure.

“With the university moving its campuses and some accommodation into city centres, giving more people the confidence to ride will improve their transport options.”

University of Tasmania Associate Director of Sustainability Corey Peterson said the choice of transport options was critical to address the needs of the student community.

“Part of our efforts then have been to ensure that students feel empowered to make choices that work for them, including how and where to ride a bike safely,” he said.

“We’ve found that the students not only choose this transport option as a quick way from A to B, but it is noted as improving their general health and wellbeing in this time of community stressors like the pandemic and climate change.”

The program ran on 8 and 10 September in Hobart and will run again on 22 and 23 September.

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