Suit ride shows bikes are the business

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Suited-up Sydneysiders from businesses will ride through the city centre in style at lunchtime on Wednesday 5 October 2017, heralding the start of Australia’s biggest bike festival.

The annual Suit Ride will show off some of Sydney’s most stylish riders for the launch of the 2017 Sydney Rides Festival.

“A growing number of Sydney businesses support people riding because of the productivity, health and financial benefits bikes bring to the workplace,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Bikes are great for quick trips around the city and a great way to commute to work if you can – and more people riding bikes instead of driving helps ease congestion on busy roads.”

The Suit Ride will begin and end at The Domain, rolling past inner city businesses, parks and famous sights like St Mary’s Cathedral and Mrs Macquaries Point. Riders will be treated to a free food truck lunch after their tour.

City workers can also take part in the try-a-bike event during their lunch break in The Domain, with a selection of bikes available to sample and helmets included.

PwC senior manager, Belinda Louis, is among a growing number of workers riding to work in inner Sydney. She rides regularly from her home in Lewisham to Barangaroo, home to the largest bike parking facility in the southern hemisphere.

“Before riding, my morning commute involved squeezing into a crowded peak hour train, which wasn’t the most pleasant way to get to work. Now, I ride easily through backstreets without interruption and at my own pace,” Ms Louis said.

“As a mum with two young children, finding time to fit in exercise is not always easy. Riding to work is a great way to incorporate exercise into my week and I arrive to work feeling energised. Riding home is also a great way to unwind if I’ve had a stressful day at work.

“I’m fortunate to work in a workplace which provides excellent bike storage, lockers and shower facilities to support active commuters.”

The Suit Ride runs from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, with a free food truck lunch available in The Domain at 1.30pm. City workers can try a bike for free from 11.30am to 2pm.

2017’s four-week Sydney Rides Festival features more than 30 events celebrating bikes and family fun in the outdoors.

Other Sydney Rides Festival 2017 highlights include:

Sydney Rides photo exhibition – 3–29 October 2017

Explore Sydney’s secret subterranean park with a photographic exhibition in Paddington Reservoir Gardens, showcasing bike-based adventures and favourite rides. Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Oxford Street, 8am–8pm only.

The Big Adventure – 7 October 2017

Jump into a day of family fun at one of Sydney’s biggest green spaces with activities like biking, running, dancing and free yoga. Enjoy a food truck feast, animal petting zoo, kite flying workshops, AFL, BBL and NRL kids clinics, BMX displays and roving entertainment including a ballet performed on bikes. Sydney Park, St Peter’s, 9am–4pm.

Chocolate rides and foodie rides – 14 and 21 October 2017

After a sell-out in 2016, the almost calorie-neutral Chocolate Ride will return in 2017 with a bike tour of Sydney’s tastiest chocolatiers, gelato makers and confectioners. The Foodie Ride promises participants a glimpse of cheesemakers, smoke houses and delicatessens, led by expert guides along cycleways, shared paths and quiet backstreet routes. Pre-booking essential.

Spring Cycle – 15 October 2017

A once-a-year opportunity for beginners and regular riders to cross the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge by bike and cruise across the Cahill Expressway and The Rocks historic area, along car-free routes for the day. The 10km Sydney City Ride ends with a family-friendly event in Pirrama Park at Pyrmont. Participants can also join the 16km River Ride, 50km Classic Ride or ride alongside Australian tour legend Robbie McEwen on the 105km Challenge Ride to Sydney Olympic Park. Departing from St Leonards Park from 6.30am. Pre-booking essential.

Overnight escape to Cockatoo Island – 21 October 2017

Pack your bike on the ferry for a sleepover at Sydney’s most picturesque harbour island, then explore Cockatoo Island by bike after Sunday morning breakfast. Pre-booking essential.

Mechanics challenge – 25 October 2017

Stop by Martin Place for lunch to cheer on the fastest mechanics in the land, with inner tube changing races, chain greasing sprints and a tyre pumping challenge. From 12pm – 1:30pm, Martin Place main stage.

Cycle speed dating – 28 October 2017

Forget swiping right, speed-dating by bike is the new way for singles to mingle! Already a success in London and Queenstown, Cycle Speed Dating gives Sydneysiders the chance to chat before a relaxed ride and matchmaking. Starts in Surry Hills, 5pm – 11pm.

Light the City – 28 October 2017

Sydney’s two-wheeled twilight event returns to a traffic-free Mrs Macquaries Point for a Halloween-inspired community celebration. Friends and families can fancy dress to impress and enjoy spectacular harbour views, gourmet food trucks, epic illuminations and the popular silent disco as the sun goes down and trees light up. Bike hire is available on the night. Mrs Macquaries Road, the Domain, 6pm–11pm.

Source: City of Sydney

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