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School holiday bike ride along northern cycleway

TWO community bike days, one on each weekend of the upcoming April school holidays, will encourage people to get outside and experience the joys of cycling.

Ride the Gong will kick off the bike events with a Family Fun Ride. The event, hosted by Wollongong City Council, will take place on Saturday April 10 from 9am to 12noon at Fairy Meadow Beach Reserve, next to the surf club.

As part of the event, there will be two community bike rides to sign up for on the day at 9.15am and 10.15am.

Participants can ride together on a scenic return 5km coastal route along the shared cycleway with the Illawarra Bicycle Users Group (iBUG) and Illawarra Cycle Club.

There will also be other great free activities for riders of all ages and abilities including  bike games and challenges with Ride Nation, free bike safety checks with Bike Hub, interactive bike displays from NSW Cycle Tours, roving circus and magic tricks from Tom Foolery , and the chance to win a share of $500 in Bike Hub vouchers.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said few activities compare to the pleasure of riding a bike.

“With the UCI Championships arriving next year and the rollout of Council’s cycling strategy, we’re working hard to encourage and support more people to take up riding, or get back on their bikes,” he said.

“We want to support our community to create healthy lifestyles by engraining bike riding as a fun activity from a young age. Supporting families and young people to make cycling a part of their lives is not only great for personal health but is also an important benefit for the long- term wellbeing of our community.’’

The second event will be Pedal in the Park, created with the support of the NSW Government and The Festival of Place – Summer Fund.

Pedal in the Park will take place on Sunday April 18 in MacCabe Park, Wollongong and will provide the opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy a Sunday morning with their family, friends and fellow recreational bike riders.

The event will take place between 8am to 12pm with live music, biking tips and tricks, bike stallholders, and coffee and food vans to enjoy.

For more information and a full list of all the great activities taking place on our bike days, visit Council’s website.


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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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