Cycling in the City RMIT launches new Bike Hub

Parking inside RMIT's Bike Hub

Finding excuses to skip work or uni just got a whole lot harder for those attending RMIT’s city campus. Launched on 13 April 2016, RMIT’s new Bike Hub provides a vibrant space for students and employees to park their bikes.

The space, which was created in just two months, saw a street level car park refurbished and transformed into the Hub. Where once there were car spaces there are now spaces for 400 bikes. Additional features of the space include bike repair facilities, showers and lockers and even ironing boards and hair dryers. There are also gender neutral, accessible and baby change facilities making this a space that is truly accessible.

While the facility is only open to staff and students it’s a great example of how workplaces and education providers can encourage active travel and sustainable transport while making use of a tired and old space. With census data indicating that cycling’s popularity is continuing to rise (the City of Melbourne alone has seen a 70% increase in people getting to work by bike), creating Hubs like this one is a great addition to CBD.

BIke repair station at RMIT Bike Hub

If you’re thinking about getting on your bike remember cycling is a great way to support healthy living. Some of the benefits associated with bike riding include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Source: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/cycling-health-benefits

Want more information?

  • For safety advice and information on the road rules follow this link.
  • If you are an RMIT staff member or student you can find more information about the Hub here.
  • If you’re new to bike riding there are a lot of free resources. These resources will help you find where to ride, park and how to maintain your bike.
  • If you don’t own a bike but want to explore the city you can take advantage of bike share resources. For locations and information follow this link.
     
Written by Kathryn Bates
May 02, 2016