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Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park

My favourite bike route would be at Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park. There are plenty of roads to ride and I just rode around there today. It was lovely weather and I rode for about an ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Riding to Macquarie Park as part of your commute to work

Riding to Macquarie Park as part of your commute to work

If you're thinking of cycling to work to Macquarie Park, or a resident of the area, go my YouTube channel to see first hand where the low stress routes are and other cycling related content Rid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Anytimeeeeeee...

Anytimeeeeeee...

The beauty of cycling is that as long as YOU are ready, you can cycle anytime of day. Morning, afternoon, evening or very late/early hours. That's what I do, cycle odd hours and just have fun &... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

On our way back from the Gong on Saturday morning, myself, Jim Ponton and Nigel Lamb decided that instead of riding around the Woonona Surf Club where 'NSW's angriest Magpie' lives, we would form a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

1986 Riding in China

In 1986 I joined a group of 12 people who cycled in the Foshan and Guangshou Areas of China for 3 weeks. We cycled through lots of different weather, ate some amazing dishes, & cycled approxim... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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"Some one has to die to get a car space"

I started at the Kids Hospital Westmead earlier this year. On the first day I enquired about staff parking. My colleague said "You have to wait for someone to die to get a car space". I replied wi... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bathurst to Sydney

30 years ago, I was 27, with a desk job and needed a challenge. I rode a 5 speed bike from Bathurst to Thornleigh in Sydney, via Bell's Line of Road. It took me 13 hours. I hit a lump of tar going ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story A 15 year old's Cycling Dreams

A 15 year old's Cycling Dreams

When I was15 I wanted to be a professional cyclist. Cycling wasn't the coolest sport at Peninsula Grammar where cricket and footy (VFL) rule but I was in the cross country team and swim squad and h... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Beautiful country road ride in Crookwell

Beautiful country road ride in Crookwell

Visiting a friend in Crookwell, on way to Canberra for some riding. He took us on a beautiful flat ride along a country road. So nice getting out amongst the sounds of cows, kookaburras, frogs and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Parramatta

My favourite place to ride would be Parramatta. I love riding there and that's where I hire my bike. Around the Parramatta river there is plenty of space to ride and also around Parramatta Park the... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Invite your work buddies to register

Invite your work buddies to register

Great prizes to be won! Including bikes, back packs; adventures trips; restaurant vouchers and so much more. If they haven't rode much and or want to particiapte in riding opportunities, check out... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling to RPA from Coogee film ...

Cycling to RPA from Coogee film ...

Watch this space for - workers cycling to and from RPA to Coogee

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 1 Month, 1 Goal, Fight Cancer!

1 Month, 1 Goal, Fight Cancer!

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer, the biggest killer of children from disease in Australia. Children deserve to be living life, not fighting for it. This October, I'm riding 500... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story SLHD has been winning cycling challenges for years

SLHD has been winning cycling challenges for years

Back in 2015 The Public Health Unit won a cycling challenge that City of Sydney hosted and the SLHD Health Promotion Unit coordinated. The team enjoyed their winning prize of a day at the Hunter V... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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And now we are 5... almost 6?!

A “Biketober” email in my “Inbox” piqued my interest. As a regular bicycle commuter for many years, I’d let myself get a bit lazy over winter and the cooler months… too hard, too cold, easier opti... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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NSW Department of Education

There are a few different teams out there who are essentially part of the one organisation. Love2ride asked me to be Champion for NSW Department of Education because that was included in my regist... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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You have to be in it....

I have been a regular supporter of bike riding events that encourage everyone to ride more and have supported the workplace challenge for many years. I've seen it help motivate riders to start a ha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Magpie

A long time ago I was riding and my father got swooped by a magpie so I got jealous that he got swooped and I didn't so I went back and got swooped. Now; whenever I see a magpie I go back and get s... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The Start of Biketober!

Hi Everyone! This is the start of Biketober and I have logged my very first ride. I rode around Newington Armoury, Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. It wa... read more

Topic: Other

Denim Jeans hoodie baby distance and hot day

3 months prior I had met a guy who was partner to my wife's friend who was a cyclist and suggested that we should do a ride together. Well finally 3 months later we got that ride in. He turned up o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Post-lockdown ride

Post-lockdown ride

Out for my first ride with friends after the lifting of the 5km radius restriction, went big and did 100km and loved chatting with loads of other cyclists at this beautiful spot in Kurnell, looking... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

I have found a nice 10klms loop near my place with some hills and some Strava segments to benchmark and motivate my unfit just back on the bike dad bod. First couple of times I had no trouble, but ... read more

Topic: Other

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Go the bike

Just a quick one - I rode my bike so much that my actual car battery has gone flat.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Addicted to chain lube.

Addicted to chain lube.

I think that as a mechanised society we have lost sight of how incredible the human mind and body really are. We're built for going incredible distances in hot and cold with just the power of our m... read more

Topic: Other

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Going For Broke!

[address removed] Depression is an insidious disease which at best impacts its victims and everyone around them and at worst makes suicide appear as the only option. In Australia eight people ea... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Blayney to Bathurst 2019

Blayney to Bathurst 2019

Adventurously, we attempted the 2019 Blayney to Bathurst purely to feel like real cyclists by receiving a number we could pin to our shirts. After 70km, one flat tire, the consumption of many, man... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycling, a wheely great love story!

When people ask me why I love riding so much it’s hard to give a wheely short answer! Perhaps first and foremost it’s a great fitness activity that you can incorporate into and around your daily co... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A time saver, good for the environment and me

A time saver, good for the environment and me

Lexy loves to ride to and from home to work at RPA campus "..it saves me time and I don't have to sit in crowded transport or a car - it works for me. Also great for the environment and I get my h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story KGV RPA bike parking see other site bike parking

KGV RPA bike parking see other site bike parking

Across SLHD there are bike parking facillities see your site's Transport Access Guides for end of trip facilities: Balmain Canterbury Concord RPAH SLHD Community Centres have their own TAG... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling mums

Cycling mums

Nadia and Ana from the Health Promotion Unit SLHD enjoy their commute to work by bike. They cycle together to and from Coogee and work at RPA campus. They make the time by organising their busy y... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story King Carl Gato Lives

King Carl Gato Lives

There is but one human truth and that is there are many truths. I know this because I ride a bicycle. My cat does not ride on a bicycle, but he is alive. For him that is blessing, I suppose, and fo... read more

Topic: Other

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N+1

It doesn't matter how many bikes I have or how many rides I do, how many places I visit or how far I go, only that there is always one more person to bring on the journey - you!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Its great to be an encourager

Its an amazing feeling to see your colleagues and friend follow your envouragemnet and go sustainable and carbon free. Their stories of enjoyfull ride are so exciting

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story My new patches

My new patches

I completed a couple of challenges last year on the ride spot app and I love the patches I received 💖 Time to complete some new challenges 🚴🏽‍♀️😀 @ride_spot @peopleforbikes

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Pine Harbour and beyond!

Pine Harbour and beyond!

As of the end of January, AT is now running the Pine Harbour ferry at weekends. You know what this means? Trips out to Ōmana Regional Park by bike from downtown… ⛴🚲🏞

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Heatwave

It's been around 33 degrees here in ChCh but I'm still getting out on the bike. This bike challenge has been a fantastic motivator to get me on my bike more regularly and for longer distances. I've... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Love to Ride 2023

It's the first week of the Love to Ride 2023 challenge and I am so proud of all my coworkers that have signed up and are fully embracing it. The weather hasn't been on our side so far, but that has... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Adventures in Parenting

Adventures in Parenting

Getting out for exercise with small kids requires a different approach than just simply hitting the trail. These days we have to factor in nap time for the little one, and pack an abundance of snac... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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What's up with traffic lights not sensing my bike haiku

Stopped on the daimonds I patiently wait my turn The bike light stays red

Topic: Other

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A hot evening in Canterbury

Friday was a warm one in Canterbury so my wife and I decided to meet for dinner and a drink - so at 5:00pm she left the Christchurch city centre from work and headed home, while I left home in Waik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Rainy in summer

We had to bike in the rain because it's not sunny at all, even though it is supposed to be summer. So sad.

Topic: Other

Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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