Get on your bike and ride to work

YOU don't have to give Alex Land an excuse to ride to work.

He happily pulls out his bicycle each day and travels 12km across Rockhampton.

But if you normally lack motivation, unlike Alex, today is a good excuse to get back on that bike.

It's National Ride to Work Day and Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten is urging residents to join in the fun.

Alex, 30, said riding to and from work was a great way to clear your head.

“It just helps me feel relaxed and I enjoy it,” he said.

“It helps me think things over and clears my head on the way home.”

Alex, an enrolled nurse, has been riding from his Koongal home to his workplace at Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital at Wandal for five years now.

“Rockhampton has the perfect environment to do it because we have good temperatures most of the year and it's mostly flat everywhere,” he said.

Alex said any initiative like National Ride to Work Day that encouraged people to exercise was great.

Six other Rockhampton businesses have already got behind the initiative by registering on the Ride to Work Day website.

Staff from the following businesses will be riding to work today - Ergon Energy, Queensland Rail, Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation, Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, Department of Infrastructure and Planning and Department of Justice and Attorney General.

Mr Schwarten said this year he was calling for more women to get involved.

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