Celebrating sustainability on National Ride to Work Day
The BUG has been reformed by the University's Sustainability Unit in conjunction with Melbourne University Sport and the Student Union to represent all bicycle users at the University.
Sustainability Manager, Engagement Danielle Rostan-Herbert said the day highlighted the possibilities of using more affordable, healthy and carbon-emission free modes of transport.
"It’s the only national day on the calendar where first-timers and regular bike riders can celebrate the act of riding to work together," she said.
The BUG's reformation is part of the University's wider agenda to achieve a sustainable campus.
This commitment includes the development of a strategy for sustainability, which establishes ambitious targets for reducing stationary energy use and related carbon emissions, water, waste and travel emissions.
Ms Rostan-Herbert said sustainability at the University was evolving beyond an operational focus to a philosophy underpinning every activity.
The University BUG will look to further develop a bicycle-friendly campus by providing relevant bicycle-based information, more free breakfasts and networking opportunities.
The BUG is free for all University staff, students and alumni to join, register at www.bug.sport.unimelb.edu.au
For ideas on travelling more sustainably, see http://sustainablecampus.unimelb.edu.au/difference/transport/checklist.html.