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Sydney saddles up for two-wheeled extravaganza

From heart-stopping races to pedal yoga classes, guided bike tours and an illuminated night-time ride of spectacular City landmarks, this year’s Sydney Rides Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Now in its fifth year, the three-week festival will run from 10-31 October and include more than 20 events right across Sydney.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Sydney Rides Festival was becoming one of Sydney’s most-loved, with activities for young and old enthusiastic bike riders and the broader community.

“Sydney Rides Festival is a great opportunity to explore our city by bike,” said the Lord Mayor.

“It’s a great chance for people to see for themselves the infrastructure that’s supporting more people to ride and get fit, while reducing congestion.

“We’ve broadened the Festival to include new events for children and pedestrians, along with workshops, film nights and group rides to help people explore our stunning city on two-wheels.

“I’m sure the hundreds of families who attended last year’s twilight ride around Mrs Macquarie’s Chair will be happy to hear Light the City will again bring the festival to a spectacular close.”

Sydney Rides Festival highlights include:

Sydney Rides the Park (10 October)

This family-focused launch event takes place in one of Sydney’s most beautiful open spaces, Sydney Park. It kicks off at 7:30am with morning bike-yoga sessions, a bike-powered juice lounge, the Taronga zoo-mobile, plus a BMX arena and super-cross track with breath-taking displays. Try your hand at mountain boarding or rock climbing and enjoy gourmet food. Bring the kids to try out the City’s new state-of-the-art Children’s bike track.

Sydney Rides Challenge (10-31 October)

An online competition allowing riders to clock their trips and kilometres to compete for great prizes.

Sydney Rides to Eat (10-31 October)

Visit supporting local cafes and restaurants for rider freebies and discounts during the Sydney Rides Festival.

Light the City Discovery Rides (13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 October)

Sign up for a stunning evening Discovery Ride showcasing the joy and exhilaration of riding at night.

Suit Ride (Ride2Work Day 14 October)
Don your business best and join city workers on a Midday Sydney Suit Ride and lunch to celebrate National Ride2Work Day.

Sydney Rides Film Night (15 October)

A selection of bicycle inspired films from around the globe at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay

How to Cycle with Style for Women and Men (16 October)

Vélo-à-Porter’s Sarah Imm is passionate about combining riding and fashion. In this workshop at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sarah will show cycling fashionistas how to cycle with style.

Dirt Film Night (16 October)

Held in an old warehouse on the harbour, Pier 2/3, Dirt will be an eventful night of off-road films, bike games and a pop-up bar.

Explore Your Wild Ride:Night Ride Workshop (17 October)

Presented by Sutherland Shire Cycling Club, beginner and intermediate mountain bike riders are invited to attend this free workshop for practical tips on riding at night. It includes a guided night ride in the Royal National Park.

Saturday Slowies (17, 24 and 31 October)

Grab your bike and join a relaxed weekend ride through Newtown and Redfern to Centennial Park. Cruise the flats or take to the hills for a more strenuous ride before returning to Marrickville for bunch at the Marrick Café.

Spring Cycle (18 October)

Join Sydney’s most iconic bike ride and choose either 12, 50 or 105 kilometres for a picturesque ride through the City. The family City Ride rides finishes in festival style at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont or make the extra journey to the final finish line at Sydney Olympic Park.

Copenhagenize Sydney (20 October)
In partnership with the Danish Consulate, this event brings together world cycling experts from Denmark.

Roller Racing (24 October)

An event at The Standard in Taylor Square featuring bands, DJs, pinball machines, 10-pin bowling and roller racing on stationary bikes.

Tour De Hunters Hill (25 October)

Enjoy a guided ride around stately Hunters Hill as the jacarandas are blooming.

Light the City (31 October)

A night-time ride like no other, experience light installations and special effects on a 2.5-kilometre loop around Sydney’s stunning harbour at twilight. The closing event of the Sydney Rides Festival will kick off with a special Family Hour from 6pm-7pm. Relax at the outdoor lounge at Mrs Macquaries Point and enjoy roller racing, silent disco and gourmet food trucks.

The full Sydney Rides Festival program will be released on August 20. Visit sydneyridesfestival.net  for program details and booking information.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Manager of Community Engagement, Leanne Bridges, phone 02 9265 9617, mobile 0402 208 986 or email lbridges@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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What a well-deserved win!

Fiona Campbell of the City of Sydney Council (AKA The Bike Saint from MASSBUG) was awarded Professional of the Year at the 2015 Eco-Counter International Awards.

Eco-Counter promote active transport through the development of automated pedestrian and cyclist counting systems.

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The perfect time to plan your cycling in Indonesia

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What makes it doubly attractive is the absence of western style mass tourist development. . . . → Read More: The perfect time to plan your cycling in Indonesia

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Great East Rail Trail Ride

The trail crosses the wide Nicholson River on the original rail bridge.

The Great East Rail Trail Ride is a fully supported three day cycle event along the 100 km East Gippsland Rail Trail. It ran for the first time in 2014.

This is a little Great Ride, with numbers limited to 120, . . . → Read More: Great East Rail Trail Ride

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It’s that time of year again… Time to renew!

We want to thank our loyal members for being an essential part of the community that is creating a better environment for cycling. It’s been a big year at Bicycle NSW with record membership growth, significant advances in advocacy issues and some important wins for bicycle riders.

All the positive activity reflects the ongoing . . . → Read More: It’s that time of year again… Time to renew!

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Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge 2015

Bicycle NSW is proud to partner with the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge to promote cycling in one of NSW’s most picturesque cycling environments. Come and join the C4 rides and experience cycling through forests and farmlands and along creeks and oceans.

The annual early-August Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is gearing up to be . . . → Read More: Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge 2015

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Meet Our Lisa… From 0 to 40kms in under a month!

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State Government’s celebrated transport strategy at risk

The State Government is set to demolish $4.9m worth of successful transport infrastructure, and the people of Sydney are questioning how does this jeopardise the ultimate delivery of the integrated transport solution that was promised.

Hundreds of concerned people gathered in Hyde Park on Sunday 8 February to show their concern and defend the . . . → Read More: State Government’s celebrated transport strategy at risk

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Colleen and Rolf’s epic trip on the Mundabiddi Trail

“Munda Biddi” means path through the forest in the language of the Noongar nation. It’s a 1,000km mostly off bitumen route that cuts across the south west corner of Western Australia. When Colleen and Rolf Muller found out that the trail was completed over its entire length, planning was started and tickets were booked. . . . → Read More: Colleen and Rolf’s epic trip on the Mundabiddi Trail

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Otford Tunnel Rail Trail opportunity

[We apologise that this story was originaly reproduced without proper acknowledgement of the author, Jamie Honan. Our careless plagiarism was in the interests of furthering the Rail Trails concept and no offense was intended. Ed.]

Original story by Jamie Honan

Photos and story courtesy of Rail Trails for NSW website, http://www.railtrailsnsw.com.au/

An 1880s . . . → Read More: Otford Tunnel Rail Trail opportunity

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