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Enjoying a ride round Sydney’s cultural side

Sydney’s popular guided bike tours are back, with an inner-city chocolate ride, foodies market crawl, and a family ‘two ducks’ ride added to the line-up.

The new series of free guided rides organised by the City of Sydney will run most weekends and some weekdays in May and June 2017.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was a great opportunity for less experienced riders to explore Sydney on two wheels.

“Sydney’s inner city is brimming with cultural attractions – joining a guided ride is a great way to explore Sydney’s many villages like a local,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s also a safe, easy and practical way of getting to know Sydney’s best bike routes, especially for those looking to start riding to work.”

The free guided rides cater to a range of interests and abilities, with six different themed tours to pick from.

Those looking for a leisurely weekend pedal will love the ‘chocolate ride’ or the ‘market crawl’, which takes in three bustling markets. Families will enjoy the easy 6.5-kilometre adventure in the ‘two ducks ride’, while aspiring commuters should try the ‘give yourself a lift’ rides in Glebe and Waterloo.

Chocolate ride

Eat your way around the backstreets of Marrickville or Alexandria on an almost calorie-neutral bike tour. Experienced guides will lead you to the hidden chocolatiers, gelato manufacturers, patisseries and specialty shops.

Market crawl

Take in the best of Sydney’s local market scene, from Kirribilli to Paddington. The tour visits four markets in three hours, with plenty of time to browse stalls and grab a bite. Be sure to bring your bike panniers or a backpack to carry all your market goodies.

Street art ride

Explore Sydney’s vibrant street-art scene on this guided ride through Sydney’s inner city laneways where you’ll discover some of the city’s best public art. Don’t forget your camera, there’ll plenty of stops for photos throughout the ride.

Guided ride to work

Give yourself a lift to work and join a weekly guided ride to work from Forest Lodge or Green Square. Join an experienced ride leader to discover the best way into the city. People can join the ride at two locations along the two routes.

Green Square to city ride

Green Square is just 3 km from Central station. It’s also one of Sydney’s best bike commutes. Join our guided ride for a leisurely weekend pedal down the George Street cycleway to the urban oasis of Prince Alfred Park. The ride is ideal for less experienced Green Square riders looking to find the best way to avoid the busy train or bus.

Family ride

Take the kids outdoors on a family adventure from Centennial Park on an easy 6.5 km looped ride. You’ll enjoy a short ride around the park before going through Moore Park and along the Bourke Street Cycleway for a well-deserved gelato stop. This easy, mostly off-road ride is ideal for families with children aged 6-15 years.

All guided rides have limited space. Riders under 18 years must ride with a parent or guardian.

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