By DANYON NEWCOMBE
TODAY Currimundi teacher aide Karen Dalli rode her bike to work, a routine she began three years ago and she hasn’t looked back.
It’s World Bicycle Day, a United Nations initiative encouraging the world to embrace the many forms of cycling.
Three years ago on the advice of a friend, Ms Dalli took the challenge.
“I ride half an hour to work where I can enjoy the fresh air and the social aspects while I exercise,” she said.
Even the Big Kart Track is catching the cycling bug.
The cycling community will take over the track for a race held in July.
The Fast Track Criterium Sprint Series is an initiative of Sunshine Coast-based Australian Cycling Academy and Australian Cycling Academy managing director Ben Kersten is delighted.
“We had this idea that it could be great for cycling and the Big Kart Track were so supportive of the concept,” he said.
Sunshine Coast Cycling Club president Gary Morgan advises potential Tour de France participants to get started right away.
“Get down to a reputable bike dealer and get a bike suited to your budget and start using the bike paths,” he said.
“Get your fitness up, then join one of the myriad of cycling groups on the coast.”
The National cycling participation survey conducted by the Australian Bicycle Council showed 34.2 per cent of the Australian population rode their bike at least once in 2017.
The United Nations created World Bicycle Day to encourage the use of the bicycle as a simple affordable, reliable, clean and a sustainable means of transportation.