Expected to attract more than 25,000 people, the City Of Sydney’s first ever Rides Festival will feature a diverse range of events such as a bike polo demonstration, film screenings, concerts and family fun days.

The event will run from October 8-16 and coincides with a number of already established events on the Sydney cycling calender, including the Sydney Bike Film Festival.

Sydney Rides Festival “will celebrate Sydney as a cycling city for those who already ride a bike, those who are thinking of riding a bike, and people who thought they’d left it behind in childhood,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

The festival will launch in spectacular style on Saturday, October 8 by transforming Forbes St, Darlinghurst into a street party. Event organisers are planning an afternoon in the sun with food, market stalls, music and riding demonstrations.

One of the highlights of Sydney Rides Festival is the Bicycle NSW Spring Cycle. Now in its 28th year, the ride will for the first time include a 16-kilometre city ride for novice riders wanting to explore the city in a safe environment. The Spring cycle will start in North Sydney, cross the Harbour Bridge and finish in Pyrmont.

If art is your passion, head to the BI Art Exhibition at the Somedays Gallery in Surry Hills. The free exhibition on Thursday, October 13 will feature works by some of Australia’s and the world’s most progressive and emerging artists who will use a reproduction of a vintage bicycle poster as the inspiration for their art.

Other festival highlights include a free breakfast for commuters on bikes as part of national Ride to Work Day, at Hyde Park between 7am and 9.30am on Wednesday, October 12.

INFO: www.whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/10967-sydney-rides-festival

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