Free wheelers at Sydney Festival

Forget battling the traffic – the best way to get to and from Sydney Festival events this summer, safely and conveniently, is on two wheels.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Chair of the Sydney Festival, said riding a bike would be the easiest way to get around, with free valet bike parking available to lock up bikes securely.

“A true highlight of summer, our much-loved Sydney Festival will again bring big crowds to 92 music, dance, drama, visual arts and performance events at 53 venues across Sydney,” the Lord Mayor said.

“At major events across the three-week festival, our free valet bike parking will have enough space to safely store up to 300 bikes while you make the most of the entertainment.

“With our enviable summer weather and fewer cars on the road during the holidays, now is the perfect time to dust off your two-wheeler, leave the car at home and ride to Sydney Festival events instead.

“You’ll be joining as many as 2,000 people who are making the most of Sydney’s growing bike network and helping reduce road congestion each weekday.

“The City of Sydney is contributing $2.1 million to Sydney Festival 2013, which attracts tourism and business for our retailers, cafés and restaurants and delights residents and visitors every year.

“Along with the City’s own New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year celebrations, Sydney Festival is helping cement our place as Australia’s home of major cultural and creative events.”

The festival launches on Saturday 5 January with a new opening celebration – Day One: An Opening in Three Acts at Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and The Domain.

The City’s free valet bike parking will be at:

  • Day One: An Opening in Three Acts, Hyde Park North on 5 January between 9am and 3pm and in The Domain between 5.30pm and 11.30pm;
  • Summer Sounds in The Domain on 12 January, from 5.30pm until 11.30pm; and
  • Symphony in The Domain on 26 January, from 5.30pm until 11.30pm at both events.

For more information about the City’s bike network, visit

For more information, contact City of Sydney Media Adviser Maya Catsanis, phone 0409 045 425 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0427 044 768 or email