Something for everyone this December

From a street mural ride, to one sitting down and Christmas lunch as a destination or just the usual coffee incentive, there’s something for most riders in this fortnight of social rides.

Kangaroo Bay exploration

This ride was originally advertised as the Risdon Brook Dam ride but we’ve since discovered that the route we were going to take has been blocked so it’s been changed to Kangaroo Bay on Saturday 4 December.

The 19 km loops out of Kangaroo Bay will explore sealed and gravel tracks, included the Gordons Hill and Rosny Hill nature reserves. Make sure you bike has wide enough tyres to handle gravel paths.

Meet at 9.45 am at the Kangaroo Bay playground car park, with a finish time of about 12 noon. Bicycle Network members are invited to bring a plate for a barbecue following the ride to talk about volunteering opportunities and ideas to help more people ride more often.

Please RSVP to ride leaders Brian and David R.

Women on Wheels follow the art trail

This months’ Women on Wheels ride is following the Corridor of Modern Art trail along the Intercity Cycleway from Moonah to Berriedale on Sunday 5 December.

Meet at 9.45 am at the Station Street car park in Moonah and your ride leader Di will guide you along the strip which has more than 10 really interesting pieces of work on the back of factory walls, garages and underpasses.

Please RSVP as the ride will be cancelled if the weather is looking too windy or wet. There will be a coffee stop along the way.

Recumbent Ride in the Norfolk Plains

 You don’t have to ride a recumbent to join this ride, but if you do own one, here’s your chance to put up the flags and flashing lights and join other riders on Saturday 11 December.

Meet ride leader Tony at 10.15 am at the Longford Village Green in Lyttleton Street. The group will leave at 10.30 am for the 47.6 km route out towards Bracknell and back via sealed country roads.

There will be two breaks along the way and there is a chance to shorten the route if the group wants to.


Christmas lunch at Longley

This 30 km ride from Fern Tree to Longley on Saturday 11 December will be broken up with lunch at the Longley Hotel before the return leg uphill to Fern Tree.

Meet at 9.45 am at the Fern Tree Tavern car park to follow the Pipeline Track to Huon Road and down through Longley to Lower Longley. There will be three ride leaders – Jack, David A and Brian – to cater for different abilities within the group.

If you want to go to lunch but not do the ride, just let Brian know when you RSVP at The hotel Facebook page has a menu if you want to see what options are available to you:

E-bike Coffee Cruise: Ridgeway–South Hobart meander

The e-bikers are heading bush on Thursday 16 December taking in the best of quiet roads and tracks through South Hobart and Ridgeway.

Meet at 9.45 am at Hamlet Café for the 17.5 km route straight up through Waterworks Reserve and Ridgeway onto Huon Road then back down into South Hobart via Strickland Avenue and the Rivulet path.

The ride will finish with coffee at Hamlet, please RSVP to ride leader Di in case of cancellation.

Mounty Nelson High

Join the crew for the slightly challenging 23.5 km up the Mount Nelson Road bends to the signal station for coffee on Saturday 18 December.

Meet at 9 am at the Cenotaph car park to head through Battery Point up to the signal station for coffee before returning along fire trails down to Sandy Bay Road and back through Battery Point to the Cenotaph. You’ll need wide enough tyres to handle the gravel fire trails.

RSVP to ride leader David A. via

Upcoming rides & events

Social rides are featured in each edition of In the Loop, but if you want more notice visit our social rides calendar, which is regularly updated.

Bicycle Network Tasmania accredits Social Ride Leaders and requires anyone interested in leading rides to be accredited. If you would like to be one of our Ride Leaders, please email our Rides Coordinator with your contact details and what sort of riding you are interested in and we'll let you know when the next Ride Leader Skills Development Workshop is scheduled.

COVID-19 guidelines

Our social rides leaders are following a set of protocols to help make our rides compliant with government directions:

  • Meeting places for rides will have plenty of space for people to maintain 1.5 to 2 metre distancing while unloading bikes, listening to the briefing, and getting ready to ride.
  • Riders are asked to register online or via phone so there is no paper being handed around on the day. 

People are asked not to attend rides if they have fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or runny nose.