Organisers declare Bulli bike day a huge success with over 100 riders taking part

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OVER 150 cyclists took part in the first ‘Make-Do and Ride’ family bike day event on Saturday, which culminated in a mass ride from the old Bulli Bowling Club greens to Woonona Beach.

Cyclists of all ages participated in free bicycle maintenance classes, while children decorated their bikes at a “Pimp my ride” stall and rode an obstacle course set up by organisers from Make-Do and Bike Wollongong, a local cyclist advocacy group.

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The rain held off for the whole event, where curious tyre kickers were able to test drive a range of electric cargo bikes and The Rising Tide Street band played a wonderful set.

Organiser Andrea Persico said the message of the day was simply- “ride your bikes”. “It’s thrilling to have so many kids spending the whole afternoon decorating and riding their bikes, and some grown ups considering bikes for transport,” Mr Persico said.

Another of the organisers, Matt Loft said he was pleased to see the smiles and hear the bells ringing as the cyclists set off on the ride as a large group.

“It was a great turn out, and we can’t wait to do it again,” he said.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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