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NMIT gears up for Ride2Work Day

02 Oct 2012

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) staff and students are gearing up for Ride2 Work Day while the Institute is getting right behind them with free bicycle maintenance work shops, uniforms and a Ride2Work Day morning tea.

NMIT CEO, Andy Giddy, is also coming along for the ride and will be NMIT's official Ride2Work Day Ambassador.

"Finding time for a bit of exercise is an important part of a healthy work-life balance,” says Andy. “I try to ride to work a couple of times per week in the summer months using the off-road bike paths that link our Greensborough, Preston, Epping, Heidelberg and Fairfield campuses - I usually park at one and ride to Preston where my office is located.

"I will also be participating in the last three days of the Great Victorian Bike Ride again this year with my wife and kids - we first participated in 2010 (on a triple tandem bike with my then 6 and 8 year old children) managing 202kms over three days."

So far around 50 NMIT students and staff have registered for the ride on October 17 with more expected to register at the start of Term 4. NMIT is encouraging all staff and students to have a go by offering incentives including free pre-Ride2 Work Day bicycle servicing (provided by staff and students from NMIT's Certificate II and Certificate III in Bicycles courses) for all R2WD registered NMIT staff and students.

Registered staff and students will also receive a free, limited edition NMIT centenary anniversary cycling jersey* plus T-shirts and other prizes.

While staff from all of NMIT's six metropolitan campuses have registered for Ride2Work Day, NMIT will have two official Ride2Work Day destinations - the Preston and Fairfield campuses and all participants will be treated to a great morning tea organised by NMIT's SLAM (Student Life and Media) team.

The Ride2Work Program, a national ongoing program organised by Bicycle Network, encourages Australians to take up cycling. Ride2Work Day is the Network's major annual event and is the only nationally recognised event of its kind. An estimated 150,000 Australians take part and ride statistics are made available to local, state and federal governments to help better plan cycling infrastructure and programs.

*limited stocks apply.

What: NMIT takes part in Ride2Work Day
When: October 17. Morning Tea from 10 - 11am.
Where: NMIT Preston and Fairfield campuses.


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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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