It may not be Amsterdam in the Netherlands but cycling is gaining traction on the roads, laneways and parks of Sydney thanks to Sydney Cycleways. An initiative of the City of Sydney, this program offers expert advice on everything from route planning to buying a new bike and free weekly bike maintenance courses at Sydney Park Cycling Centre.
In addition to the fun and health factors, riding a bike has become a more fashionable mode of transportation with a 100 percent increase in Sydneysiders cycling over the past 3 years. To support the growing needs of cyclists, the City of Sydney is building a 200 kilometre bike network with dedicated bike paths on roads and a variety of bike riding events.
In addition to 'Sydney Rides to Work' with its free breakfast and coffee and 'Sydney Rides the City' for the family by Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Sydney Cycleways invites all residents and visitors to 'Ride the Night' along Mrs Macquaries Road in The Domain. Running from 6pm to midnight on 25 October, the FREE event features a 2.5 kilometre illuminated course with light installations and special effects.
There will also be live music and entertainment on the big screen in an outdoor lounge at Mrs Macquaries Point. Hungry riders can stop for bites from gourmet food trucks like Cantina Mobil and Veggie Patch. Families can organise their own picnics and enjoy the atmosphere minus the alcohol and glass. To add to the fun, you also stand a chance to a Magellan Cyclo 505. Simply take a photo of your ride and yourself creatively lighted up at the outdoor lounge to enter the competition.
If you don't have a bike, there's no need to fret. Bike hire will be available on the night at $15 per hour including helmets and choice of electric-bikes. The event is FREE and open to all ages. So you, your family and your friends just need to turn up at any time during the event and 'Ride the Night' this October.