Staff across the Westmead precinct have been encouraged to swap their cars for public transport and walking this week as part of Ride & Stride Week (October 16 – 20).
The week, which is an initiative of Western Sydney Local Health District, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Westmead Redevelopment, aims to get hospital, research and education staff who usually drive to work to consider alternative transport options like trains, buses and cycling.
As part of the week, staff were invited to participate in Ride2Work Day today (October 16), trial public transport options or drive part of the way and ride or stride the rest of the journey.
It was fantastic to see so many staff take part in Ride2Work Day – a definite increase on numbers last year.
Participants enjoyed breakfast at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, along with an appearance from the Parramatta Police Bike Squad.
Free electronic pedal-assist bike trials were also on offer and free bike maintenance workshops.
Representatives from Transport NSW and Parramatta Light Rail are set to visit the precinct later this week to talk to staff about current and future public transport arrangements.
Ride & Stride Week is an opportunity for people to trial alternative ways of getting to work and provide feedback on what works – and what doesn’t – to help create a more accessible, liveable and workable precinct.
All feedback from the week will be used to inform the precinct’s future transport needs, including light rail, bus routes, walking and cycling networks and connections to Parramatta CBD and other major roads.