Bike lessons on menu for community picnic

Bike lessons on menu for community picnic

All the family is invited to join a picnic with live music, green living workshops, gourmet food, and lots of bikes at the inaugural East Side Ride.

The free community event in Centennial Park on Sunday April 21 is being organised by community radio station EastsideFM and was made possible with a $10,000 Environmental Grant from the City of Sydney.

“This great event will provide practical and fun green living advice and live local music, while also educating people about how cycling can help tackle traffic congestion and keep you healthy,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

Eastside Ride’s Tony Smythe said the City’s funding was crucial to the first ever East Side Ride.

“By bringing together people from all sides of life the East Side Ride will provide a point of connectivity in our ever-expanding city,” he said

“It’s a picnic with rich pickings – soulful Sydney music, fabulous food from Sydney’s Food Trucks, bike fashion and games, and green living workshops.

“We’re hoping most people will ride their bike to the event and make a whole day of it. It will be a great grassroots gig with something for everyone.”

East Side Ride will bring together jazz funk gurus Directions In Groove, reggae ska outfit Kingtide and soul songstress Lily Dior.

There will also be gardening and compost stalls, seed banks, kids’ edible gardens, and more green living initiatives.

At the cycling hub visitors can Try2Wheels, including electric bikes, watch and learn about rebuilding old bikes, and see a bike-polo and bike fashion display.

When:             Sunday 21 April 2013
Time:              9am – 4pm
Where:            Loch Avenue South. Centennial Park
Cost:               Free

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