The cycling breakfast was hosted outside the GSA's 1888 Building, with bike engraving provided by the Victoria Police team and bike maintenance by the University’s Bike Co-op. Live music was performed by Nick Swan and Peter Barry from the Sustainable Campus’ Furniture & Equipment Reuse Team.
The University’s Ride2Uni Breakfast events are hosted by the Sustainable Campus team and supported by University’s Bicycle Network, which includes the GSA, Melbourne University Sport, the Bike Co-op, and Melbourne University Law Students’ Society.
Sustainable Campus Engagement Coordinator Monique Edwards said they are expecting bigger turnouts at future campus cycling events.
“It’s really exciting to see so many more staff and students choosing to cycle to work and class each year - and the numbers keep growing,” she says.
“Cycling has so many positive benefits – not just for our own health and wellbeing, but for a healthy and clean environment.”
Cycling is a key focus of the University’s sustainable transport strategy in the Sustainability Plan 2017-2020, which was launched earlier this year. One of the priority actions in the Travel & Transport section of the Plan describes a commitment to prioritising cycle parking and end of trip facilities for cyclists:
“Promoting efficient, sustainable travel and transport options is vitally important to minimise the environmental impact of commuting trips to University campuses for our 50,000 students, 7,400 staff and our visitors.”
The Plan also sets out an action to replace 10 percent of car parking spaces on campus with bicycle parking by 2018.
The next Ride2Uni event will be on May 17 at the Reuse Centre, 221 Berkeley St, from 8.00am - 10.00am.
Find out about upcoming Ride2Uni breakfasts and other sustainability events on campus.
More on the Sustainability Plan.