The Bicycle Celebrates 200 years

This coming weekend marks a significant milestone in world history, with the bicycle celebrating 200 years since the very first model of it was created.

Various events will be held across Australia to celebrate the big occasion, with cycling enthusiasts gearing up to attend bicycle events in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Darwin on Sunday.

The Sydney Classic Bicycle Show- held annually in the suburb of Canterbury- used their show in May this year to celebrate the occasion, while various events have already been staged across Europe, the home continent of the bike.

National bicycling advocacy group Bicycle Network will be hosting each of the major national events to celebrate the birthday, and, in a statement, the organisation said it looked forward to celebrating the milestone birthday through its events.

“There is a very important birthday being celebrated around Australia this weekend – the bicycle’s,” the statement said.

“200 years ago, German inventor Karl Drais came up with the idea of a replacement for the horse and cart and came up with a two-wheeled transport machine, the Draisine, which would evolve into the bike we all own today.”

“To celebrate this milestone we are throwing bike parties all across the country.”

“Among the many free, family friendly activities will be Penny Farthing rides in Melbourne and Sydney, plus group rides and social events in Darwin, Geelong and Bendigo.”

Each event will be free of charge across the weekend, and riders do not need a vintage bike to take part- any bike will do just fine.

Spectators are also welcome at each event.

The Melbourne event will be one of the biggest held on the weekend, and in a rather unique move, will even feature a Penny Farthing race.

“Along with the Penny Farthing race, the Melbourne event will feature a balance bike ride for children, Brompton (British folding bike) club ride and a display of other vintage bicycles,” said a Bicycle Network statement.

“In a nod to Drais’s heritage, the day will also have a German theme with sausages, sauerkraut and bretzels all available.”

“There will also be a mini BMX track, face painting and games. Police will also be engraving bikes for free to help prevent theft.”

The following are details of each event to be staged by Bicycle Network:


Melbourne – Brunswick Velodrome

Come one, come all, this family friendly festival has something on for everyone and you’re all welcome! Join us in celebrating 200 years of the bike. We have lined up a great list of free activities and things to enjoy to keep you, your family and friends entertained throughout the festival

  • Date: Sunday 11 June 2017
  • Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Location: Brunswick Veledrome, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Geelong history ride

From a view of the city from Eastern Gardens we track the story of the city and cycling over 200 years with an optional ride to Point Henry to watch vintage cyclists in the park.

Event is run by Rod Charles, author of A Whirr of Many

  • Date: Sunday 11 June 2017
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: Hearn Parade Geelong

Bike Bendigo 200 years of the bicycle ride

In celebration of 200 years of the bicycle events occurring nationally, join us for a family friendly ride, meeting at Wolstencroft Park playground in Flora Hill cycling along the bike path to Spring Gully playground. From here we will be sharing a picnic – bring a little something to share and a picnic rug! (there is also a café across the road to grab a hot coffee/tea).

This is a smooth ride away from traffic for riders of all abilities and at your own pace. If there are short on-road sections Bike Bendigo marshals will be present to guide riders.

  • Date: Sunday 11 June 2017
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Location: Wolstencroft Park, Flora Hill



Sydney – Queens Square

Penny-farthings to ride down College street to celebrate 200 years of the bike

Join us for a historical ride along Hyde Park, followed by morning tea in Queens Square to celebrate this milestone for our favorite mode of transport. If you have a heritage bike that you would like to dust off, now is the perfect opportunity, otherwise feel free to bring your own.

Coffee and morning tea available afterwards at Queen Square.

  • Date: Sunday 11 June 2017
  • Time: 8.45 for a 9am roll out
  • Location: Queens Square, Sydney


Northern Territory

Ride2School – Participating primary schools

Participating Primary Schools will do a special Ride2School for the Bike’s 200th Birthday.  Kids will Bling Their Bikes in honour of the 200th anniversary being held on Sunday 11 June.

Also, Nightcliff Primary School will have it’s Bike Hospital open for some special love and attention of kid’s bikes.

  • Date: Friday 9 June 2017
  • Location: Participating primary schools

Darwin – Cullen Bay

Departing from Cullen Bay at 7.00 am, the cycling community will be invited to a special Bicycle Network Breakfast at the Salty Plum Cafe at East Point Reserve.

  • Date: Sunday 11 June 2017
  • Time: 7.00am
  • Location: Salty Plumb Cafe, East Point Reserve, Cullen Bay


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