Riarna Gersekowski, 5 in front of the many bike-riders who came to the bike breakfast held underneath the Grafton Bridge.
Riarna Gersekowski, 5 in front of the many bike-riders who came to the bike breakfast held underneath the Grafton Bridge. Adam Hourigan

Breakfast for Bike Champions

THE humble bicycle is reinventing itself as swift, sociable and sustainable according to the organisers of yesterday's Breakfast of Champions held at Grafton's McClymont Park.

The free breakfast for cyclists was organised by the local branch of Climate Change Australia to promote cycling as an environmentally friendly transport alternative, particularly for getting to work.

Riding to work in peak hour is healthier and faster than taking a car across the Grafton bridge. It also reduces congestion for those who do drive according to organiser Claire Purvis.

"In the morning it is four minutes quicker to ride your bike from South Grafton to the Clock Tower, than to drive a car," she said.

"And you get to burn kilojoules, not fossil fuels".

Around 60 people took advantage of the breakfast that included pancakes, watermelon, egg sandwiches and fresh coffee.

For Lucy Gersekowski the breakfast was a great opportunity to introduce her 5-year old to her first bike ride in traffic.

It was also an opportunity for her husband to kick of his new ride-to-work routine.

"We only live about 3.5 kilometres from his work, and there is only a small hill. It is a pretty easy ride," she said.

"It is about getting a little bit of fitness and not driving the 4WD so much. Parking is also tight around where my husband works," she said.

Ms Gersekowski has a young baby, but was still considering getting back on her bike. She was thinking of attaching a buggy trailer for the baby she said.

When Riarna gets a bit older she and her 10-year old sister will be able to ride to school accompanied by their father she said.

Ms Purvis said there were quite a few people who "sometimes" rode to work and that her organisation wanted to lift this level of participation so that these people 'mostly' rode to work she said.

To help encourage more cycling Climate Change Australia (Grafton), is considering holding more breakfasts on a regular basis she said. The breakfast was also timed to take into account the Road Transport Authority's bike week she said.



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