2018 Sydney Rides Festival highlights

October’s Sydney Rides Festival will boast more than 30 family friendly events celebrating bikes and urban adventure.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that as the weather warms up, the four-week Sydney Rides Festival is a great opportunity to discover the city on two wheels.

“With winter behind us, spring will be the best time to get outside, get active and discover just how easy it is to travel through our city on a bike,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Cycling in Sydney is more accessible than ever. Over the past 10 years, we’ve established a regional cycling network of shared paths, quiet streets and 12 kilometres of safe separated cycleways. Bike trips through our city have more than doubled and City residents are riding at twice the rate of greater Sydney.”

“The Sydney Rides Festival returns in 2018 – with more activities, events and opportunities for people to get on their bikes. Supporting people to ride is part of our plan to make Sydney a bike-friendly, green and connected city.”

Now in its seventh year, the festival saw more than 20 000 participants boost local businesses and tourism in 2017.

The 2018 festival program will include guided bike rides, workshops, a photography exhibition and a mass participation ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more information and booking information visit sydneyridesfestival.net.

2018 Sydney Rides Festival program highlights will include:

The Big Adventure – Saturday 6 October
An enormous screen-free family fun day with mountain boarding, rock climbing, sports clinics, dancing and even bike yoga. Bring your picnic rug for a food truck feast and watch breathtaking BMX stunt riders and roving entertainers throughout Sydney Park.
FREE – 9am-4pm, Sydney Park, St Peters

Sydney Rides Photo Exhibition, Paddington Reservoir Gardens – 6-27 October
Discover Sydney’s secret subterranean park with a spectacular photographic exhibition in Paddington Reservoir Gardens. The display will highlight bike-based adventures and Sydney’s most spectacular rides.
FREE – 8am-8pm daily, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Oxford Street

Spring Cycle – 14 October
Cross the Harbour Bridge car-free on Sydney’s biggest bike ride, the Spring Cycle. From regular riders to lycra-lovers, there’s a route for all abilities – from a ride through the Rocks and Pyrmont, up to a 105km challenge all the way to Sydney Olympic Park.
Bookings essential. More information at springcycle.com.au

Light the City – 27 October
Experience the beauty of Sydney’s spectacular harbour at twilight. Dress to impress at this Halloween night of family fun at Mrs Macquaries Chair. Bring your bike, hire a ride or take the route on foot and experience spectacular lights, illuminated trees, gourmet food trucks and entertainment. Bring your dancing shoes for the ever popular silent disco at sundown.
FREE ENTRY, bike hire available – 6pm–11pm, Mrs Macquaries Road, the Domain

Image 1: Light The City 2017 at Mrs Macquaries Chair. Credit: City of Sydney Katherine Griffifths
Image 2: Cargo bike parade, Hyde Park, 28th September 2017. Photo by Damian Shaw / City of Sydney