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Fourth annual Sydney Rides Festival "bigger and better"

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Sydney Rides Festival to light up the night. Cycle Traveller

The Sydney Rides Festival continues to grow in 2014, with over 20 events planned including a new illuminated night ride with views of Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

“With bigger and better events planned this year, Sydney Rides continues to grow into one of Sydney’s best annual festivals,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore of the event which is now entering its fourth year.

“There’s something for everyone, from beginners to regular riders.”

The festival, which runs from October 11-25, includes the usual Spring Cycle as well as the Family Fun Bike Day in Pyrmont's Pirrama Park.

There will also be film screenings, live music, gourmet food trucks, a free breakfast to celebrate Ride2Work Day, free bike tune ups by the City's mechanics, as well as free workshops and talks, including a seminar with the Consulate-General of the Netherlands on what makes a great cycling city.

Sydney Rides Festival. Cycle Traveller

However, it's the new addition of Sydney Rides the Night that has tongues wagging.

The first ever public night ride, which will mark the festival's close, will pass alongside The Royal Botanic Gardens and loop through The Domain with creative lighting installations and an outdoor lounge at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, including music, food and stalls all set to the spectacular backdrop of the harbour.

“Sydney Rides is a great opportunity to explore our beautiful city by bike while keeping fit,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our network of separated cycleways and shared paths are giving people a safe and convenient way to cycle and we’re seeing the number of people choosing to ride grow every year,” she said.

Key dates:

Sydney Rides to Work: Wednesday 15 October
Sydney Rides the City, including Spring Cycle: Sunday 19 October 2014
Sydney Rides the Night: 6pm–midnight, Saturday 25 October

For more information visit sydneyridesfestival.net.

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