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Published January 19th 2017
Do the 'Loop' for FREE
Free Bikes Adelaide is a great way to explore the Festival City. Traverse along wide streets, through parklands, beautiful gardens, iconic attractions and along the Torrens River to fully appreciate the nature and cultural identify of this vibrant city. And the best thing is it's totally FREE and is doable by anyone with reasonable fitness. There are no hills to worry about – more inclines if anything – and the bikes are each equipped with three gears to help when it's needed.
I did the 18km 'Loop' around the whole city in an afternoon taking just 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace with the odd break to relax and enjoy the views. The shorter River Torrens Linear Park Trail City Loop at 9.6km in length is easily achievable in 45-60 minutes. The route takes you on a leisurely tour along the Torrens River meandering along its banks with views of the Festival Hall, Convention Centre, and Botanical Gardens.
Bikes are available from 21 locations across the CBD and in North Adelaide. It's best to check opening hours on the Free Bikes website and to note some locations have a small supply of bikes. The Bikes SA main office at 53 Carrington Street has a good supply. You just need to have photo ID to hire the bike and return within the opening times of the hire location.