Instagram photo by @librarymook

Yesterday I went to my first Sydney GreenUps event. It’s a monthly social meetup for anyone with an interest, passion or concern for the environment and sustainability. They cover a range of relevant topics, from locally grown foods to eco fashion. Last night’s GreenUps was a “Cycling Celebration” and perfect tie-in with all of the local bike festivities taking place this month as part of Sydney Rides Festival.

I was inspired by the sense of community among the Sydney cyclists who attended. By the end of night I had met some casual bike enthusiasts, a former Ironman triathlete, and made a new friend, Ange, who volunteered to take me shopping when I decide to take the plunge and buy my own bike.

The talks included a presentation on research taking place at UNSW on cycling habits, and how to be a “Gracious Cycler.” They also shared some of the trailers for films being shown at the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) – a celebration of bicycles through film, art and music.

I had such a fabulous time at GreenUps and these cool cycling kids. I wanted to highlight some of the awesome upcoming events that help make up The Sydney Rides Festival. It will run from the 8-16 October, and there is something for everyone. For the full lineup, please visit here.

These are few of my recommendations and picks:

Programs 1 & 2, 14 Oct
Programs 3 & 4, 15 Oct
Programs 5 & 6, 16 Oct

Which events will you be checking out this month? Tweet me your photos from the festival or tag them #fetchsyd – happy cycling friends!