Stories from New South Wales

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Image for story My Biketober Holiday Prize!

My Biketober Holiday Prize!

I have taken part on the Biketober Challenge for several years now in the Wollongong City Council Team. It's a great way to ditch the car, save some money on petrol, tone up the leg muscles, get... read more

Topic: Other

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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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Why We Ride

I just had to stop for a few minutes on the way to work this morning. There is one point on my ride where I go through a park and ride up/down a hill where there are great views and lovely sun expo... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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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Image for story Go the bike

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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Stories from around the world

Power of the Pedal

Loving the fact I can travel to work faster by bike than by taking the car! I feel very satisfied as I zoom past the stationery traffic stuck in the morning and evening traffic jams. All viwed from... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Port Hills fires

Again being an ebike commuter paid dividends when the Port Hills were ablaze again. All Motor vehicles were stopped from getting into the Suburb but my trusty ebike took me thru to the cordon wher... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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The cycle of life

There are many moments in our own 'journey' with cycling. I remember learning to do without stabilisers in our back garden when I was young, riding no hands, doing a paper round, riding to school..... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story In Madrid, not UK, sorry!

In Madrid, not UK, sorry!

We hired bikes and discovered the lovely Casa de Campo then the very impressive new infrastructure along the Rio Manzanares. And the weather was fantastic too!

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story The team at Great South are clocking up the KMs 🚲

The team at Great South are clocking up the KMs 🚲

“For me riding a bicycle helps me to become aware of the elements and landscapes around me. It’s a form of mobile meditation and a test of endurance when it its rainy and windy”. - Paula López

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Newtown is Awesome

Very rarely do I ride through Newtown to get to Mahi. What a cool experience! So many friendly cyclists, lovely chats while we waited for the green light. I love the Wellington cycling community x

Topic: My commute by bike

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From Small Beginnings ....

I joined the Bike Challenge last year as a new rider and was the only one riding from work. I enjoyed it so much I kept riding and have convinced my work colleagues to join me this year. I have a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Kotahi Rau Kiromita

Kotahi Rau Kiromita

Kia ora! Kua takoto te mānuka o te Aotearoa Bike Challenge, nō reira i whakatau au ki te eke kotahi rau kiromita i kotahi te rā, e mau ana tōku tīhate "Toitū Te Tiriti", kia kitea ai ia e te mare... read more

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Image for story What to do with unused pavement chalks

What to do with unused pavement chalks

I saw my neighbours outside with their wee one on his little balance bike. I looked at my box of unused pavement chalk sitting around and knew what needed to happen. Some time and a combined effo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Balancing the bike and gym

Balancing the bike and gym

Took on a challenge for myself this year to keep up with the gym (35 day challenge) and getting out for rides on my bike, whilst increasing how often I bike to work and home. Been a successful few ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Our 'Bike Bus'

Our 'Bike Bus'

I've started taking the kids to school by bike this year and love how excited they get! On bike days they are out of the door in record time, eager to get pedalling. We're enjoying it so much, we'v... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

Out and about

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has got not just me but my husband out and about biking on the weekends. It is amazing how many individuals, couples and families are out enjoying a bit of free air and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Love Taupo - I can bike to work

Love Taupo - I can bike to work

I biked to work today, the first time since last years Bike Challenge. To say I am proud of myself is an understatement, plus I encouraged my work colleague "M" to bike to work today too. I must a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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CONNECTION and INSPIRATION

Planning on visiting my grandchildren on the weekend, I was looking forward to catching up with them. Having a lunch time meet up was a good idea, as it gave the modern generation time to get o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 💖 Riding’s better done together 💖

💖 Riding’s better done together 💖

My boss Wendy and I took the Active Southland E-Bikes for a spin on Valentine’s Day! Our first 1:1 catch up on wheels.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride