Get yourself whirring along to Hobart's inaugural Electric Bicycle Rally on Saturday 22 February 2014! Designed for both current owners of electric bicycles and for people who've never ridden one before, this exciting new event features three components: Come & Try, Group Ride, and The Display.
Come-And-Try: If you'd like to try out some electric bicycles, Bicycle Tasmania have invited four Hobart retailers - Bike Ride, Eco Bikes, Ken Self Cycles Tas Mobility - to bring along various styles of bikes for test rides. You'll be able to head straight out on to the InterCity Cycleway for 2km of uninterrupted plain sailing while you get used to the bicycle. Ride one or ride several, all test rides are free. You may also be able take one of the loan bikes on the group ride at the conclusion of the test rides (numbers limited by e-bike availability). The Come-And-Try session is between 10am and 12pm (note, this has been extended due to public demand). Meet the bike shop reps in the top end of the car park of the Granada Tavern, 666 Main Rd, Berriedale.
Group Ride: we're going on a 20km jolly around five Derwent River bays, up one leetle hill, along some lovely quaint streets and finally gobbling up a decent chunk of dedicated cycleway back to the starting point. Wheeee! Expected ride time for the circuit is 1 hour. The ride briefing starts at 11.30am and we will depart as soon as that is completed, therefore you must register before 11.30. We encourage all ride participants to arrive early so you can get to meet the other great e-bike owners...maybe you'd like to swap for part of the ride?
Cost is $10 for non-members, $5 for Bicycle Tasmania members, snacks are provided (see below). We expect to finish the ride between 12.30 and 12.45. Starting point is the top end of the car park of the Granada Tavern, 666 Main Rd, Berriedale.
The Display: MONA Market is setting up some bike racks in the middle of the lawns so we can proudly display our e-bikes for the general public at the end of the group ride; representatives of the four bike shops will also be on hand e-bikes, brochures and friendly advice. Meanwhile we can mosey around the various food and drink stalls and enjoy the market stage entertainment. MONA is also providing some power points for us in case you need to do a little top-up charge. You're welcome to linger at the market for as long or as briefly as you want. Having your e-bike display and using the recharge station is free.
Food, Drink & Other Arrangements: For the Come-And-Try session and the group ride participants, Bicycle Tasmania is providing juice boxes, muesli bars, fresh fruit and plain water (BYO drink bottle). If you would like a hot drink before the ride, you can get coffee in the Granada Tavern gaming room or bar. They don't do take-away drinks so bring your own cup if you would like to take it outside. At the MONA market there will be a wide choice of hot and cold food and beverage stalls with items for purchase. There is also plenty of space on the lawns for a BYO picnic if that's your thing. The Granada Tavern has a free BBQ starting at 2pm.
At the starting point of the group ride there are toilets available in the Granada Tavern. During the ride there are several possible toilet stops including Giblin Reserve (Goodwood), Cornelian Bay and Moonah. At the end of the rides there are public toilets at MONA.
If you need to get to the start point of the group ride or the Come-And-Try by car, you are welcome to park either in the car park of the Granada Tavern or within the grounds of MONA.
Sponsors: The Electric Bicycle Rally 2014 is supported by cash and in-kind sponsorship from the Tasmanian Government through the Climate Action Council, Museum of Old and New Art and the Granada Tavern. Bicycle Tasmania thanks them sincerely for their contribution to the promotion of widespread and safe cycling in Tasmania.
- February 22, 2014 at 10:00am - 1pm
Granada Tavern & MONA
- Alan ·