On ya bike: Spring cycling events

It’s spring, the sun is shining (well right now it is, but with Melbourne weather, who knows), and with a number of cycling events coming up, it’s the perfect time to dust off your bike and hit the road.

Bupa Around the Bay

Bupa Around the Bay

The best way to ease back into riding is with National Ride2Work day on Wednesday 16 October – not only because you’ll be accompanied by thousands of other Melburnians on two wheels, but also because you get a free breakfast. On top of that, if you’re a bit nervous about riding, you can meet up with the RACV angels, who are experienced riders and will give you guidance and support on the way.

For more adventurous riders, there’s the Bupa Around the Bay on October 20, with options from a 20km family ride to an epic 250km loop around the bay. Plus you can raise funds for the Smith Family while you pedal.

There’s also a celebration of all things bike in the three-day Bupa Around the Bay Festival, held in the Alexandra Gardens before and after the big ride.

The cycling evironment in Melbourne is constantly changing, with the ongoing roll-out of the City of Melbourne’s Bicycle Plan 2012-16. To get an update on the plan’s progress, and have your questioned answered, come along to the free Bicycle Forum on Wednesday 23 October.

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The City of Melbourne is a very proud cycling city, with bikes for hire and even places to shower. Find out more about getting around by bike in Melbourne.