Pedal into spring and try out the newly upgraded Moray Street bike corridor as Tour de Moray arrives in South Melbourne.

Launching on 16 October 2019 with a free breakfast at South Melbourne Market on National Ride2Work Day, council’s six-week Festival of Everyday Riding – Tour de Moray encourages everyone to get on their bikes, regardless of age, ability or attire.

Tour de Moray celebrates the recent bike lane upgrades in Moray Street, South Melbourne, which include fully separated bike lanes and Victoria’s first protected roundabouts, providing cyclists with a high-quality alternative bike route from Albert Park to the CBD. The upgrades were delivered 2018 in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

Mayor Dick Gross said he hoped the much-improved bike friendly features would encourage riders to take to the road.

“Bike riding is a fantastic way to get around Port Phillip and Moray Street’s recently upgraded bike lane and Victoria’s first protected roundabouts are a great example of the user-friendly bike corridors we want across Port Phillip to encourage riders of all ages and abilities,” Cr Gross said.

“You don’t have to be super fit or Lycra-clad to enjoy riding around our beautiful city.”

One of the many highlights of Festival of Everyday Riding – Tour de Moray is the free Bike Scavenger Hunt on 26 October. Pop ups and freebies will line a loop around South Melbourne, with activities including guided bike tours of the Tour de Moray route, rickshaw rides for non-cyclists, a family activities hub at South Melbourne Town Hall and Emerald Hill Library, and free food at South Melbourne Market and Albert Park Lake.

Tour de Moray also features a bike story time, bike-themed book display and local history exhibit at the Emerald Hill Library, free bike tune-ups from Back2Bikes and bike confidence courses, concluding with a shop-by-bike day at South Melbourne Market on 23 November.

All events, including the breakfast, are free except for the bike confidence courses which have a small cost and require bookings.

For full details of the program and to book the bike confidence courses, go to: portphillip.vic.gov.au/festival-everyday-riding or contact ASSIST on (03) 9209 6777.

Picture: City of Port Phillip