Central Coast workers are being encouraged to get on their bikes and join in Australia’s biggest celebration of commuter riding on Wednesday 18 October.

National Ride2Work Day is organised by Australian charity Bicycle Network and aims to support and celebrate the many health, wellbeing and environmental benefits riding provides.

To mark the occasion, Central Coast Local Health District will be hosting a gathering of bike-minded people at Gosford Hospital outside the Central Coast Clinical School and Research Institute building on Holden Street.

Riders – new, rusty and regular – can roll up any time between 7:00am and 8:30am for a cuppa and a chat with fellow riders and to receive a free reusable cup, water bottle or towel, while stocks last.

The Gosford Hospital gathering is one of a number of Ride2Work Day events taking place across the nation on what is the day of the year for commuters to choose to ride, connect and celebrate with other members of the community.

Nigel Tebb, Health Promotion Officer at Central Coast Local Health District, said getting involved in Ride2Work Day has many health, social and environmental benefits.

“National Ride2Work Day provides the perfect opportunity for those looking to start or get back into the habit of using a bike to get around – and there are so many great benefits that come with it,” Mr Tebb said.

“Riding to work, even part of the way, is an efficient way for adults to build physical activity into their day, which is essential for health and wellbeing. Cycling regularly, even for a few minutes at a time, can help reduce the risk of many diseases, including some cancers, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

“It’s also a much more sustainable way to get around too, and for shorter journeys it can prove quicker than being stuck in traffic and finding a car park.

“Getting out and on your bike also helps connect you to your community, which is so important for mental health.

“We encourage the community to get out and join the commuter evolution – you’ll head into work healthier and happier for it.”

For those looking to cycle with others to the Gosford Hospital gathering, the Central Coast Bicycle User Group has organised a ride from Fishermen’s Wharf, Woy Woy from 6:45am. For further details, call 0414 538977 or email ccbug100@gmail.com.

Visit the Bicycle Network website to see what Ride2Work Day events are on the Coast or to register your own event. You can also register your ride to make it count and to help the Bicycle Network understand where people are commuting by bike and how far they pedal. Visit bicyclenetwork.com.au/ride2work-day.