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The most fun you can have on two wheels
The humble bicycle is one of the most energy-efficient forms of transport. It also gives the rider the benefit of fresh air and exercise. So if it's been too long since you went for a ride, here's the perfect way to get back in the saddle. The 19th annual Bike in the Valley Ride offers mapped rides of different lengths with food and entertainment afterwards. The whole family is welcome and the event is completely free.
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Proudly supported by the City of Swan, Perth Autumn Festival and Lotterywest, this year the ride starts and finishes at Chardonnay Park in The Vines. There are 6km, 12km and 23km ride options using dual use paths. The routes are well signposted and travel through bushland, past homesteads and golf courses. There will be marshals at road crossings and even a "sag wagon" to rescue riders or bikes if needed.
If your bike's been in the shed for a few months a check-up with the Dr Bike Clinic is indicated. This free session explains bike skills, safety, maintenance and ways to make riding your bike more efficient and easier.
After the ride kids can enjoy the Cuddly Animal farm or a pony ride. There's a sausage sizzle and plenty of space for picnics.
The ride is free but registration is required. Registration opens at 9:00 am and an early arrival is recommended. There is plenty of free parking, including trailer space. Finally, a note on the weather: according to the organisers, "If it's not snowing, we're going."