A photo of cyclists at Federation Square from one of the previous Ride to Work Day events in Melbourne.
Image: Bicycle Victoria
Source: Bicycle Victoria
Fifty-eight Melbourne Museum staff cycled to work on October 15 as part of the annual Ride to Work day – some covered distances of more than twenty kilometres on their journeys. Thousands of Victorian cyclists participated in the national event, many stopping for the free breakfast offered at Federation Square, or congregating for culinary rewards at their workplaces.
Others joined in a tribute to the cyclist who died recently on Swanston Street, walking their bikes down the stretch where Carolyn Rawlins was killed, and drawing attention to the need for safer conditions for bicycle-riders in the city. There has been a significant increase (about 10%) in the number of people riding into the city in the last few years.
The Melbourne Museum contingent was organised by the Climate Change Committee, a staff initiative that aims to increase environmental awareness and action.
Museum Victoria is in the process of discovering and analysing the organisation’s “carbon footprint” and developing programs to reduce emissions and save energy to ensure all three venues (Scienceworks, Immigration Museum and Melbourne Museum) operate sustainably.