Social rides

Have fun, get active and explore Tasmania’s trails and paths on one of our free social rides

What is our social rides program?

Led by a team of supportive and experienced volunteer ride leaders, you can explore local paths, learn new shortcuts and skills, connect with fellow bike riders and most importantly have fun, on one of our free social rides.

Covering a range of interests, locations and abilities, all social rides are non-competitive and tailored to suit a small group of riders.

All you need to bring is your bike, helmet, lights, a water bottle and a small tool kit. 

RSVP to one of the rides listed below and you’re good to go! 

Social rides program


How does it work?

Tasmanian Members and Friends of Bicycle Network will receive an alert about upcoming Social Rides in each fortnight’s In The Loop bike news email update.

If you’re keen to participate in one of our social rides, simply RSVP to the ride below.  If you’ve RSVP’ed, we’ll be able to let you know if there are any changes (such as cancellation due to weather).

All social rides are categorised according to three key categories: difficulty of terrain, speed/pace and distance:

Terrain Difficulty Codes

1 – Flat

2 – Gentle grades

3 – Rolling hills

4 – Mostly rolling hills, some steep climbs

5 – Steep hills, long climbs

Pace (Average Speed) Codes

A – Leisurely (13-15 km/h)

B – Moderate (15-20 km/h)

C – Brisk to Fast (20-25 km/h)

D – Workout (25+ km/h)

Distance – in kilometres

Please note – if there are any riders under 16 years old, the adult with them will take primary responsibility for their safety on the ride.

Ride Calendar

What's on

Saturday 10 March 2018 - Artlovers' Scenic Route to MONA - S - 2-B-26

When: 9.45am for a 10am start, back about 1pm

Where: Meet at Cenotaph carpark, McVilly Drive. Map.

Description:  A relaxed ride, taking a different route to MONA, on quiet roads and offroad bikepaths.  This ride takes a scenic tour through Lutana, Goodwood and GASP in Montrose, on suburban roads (the e-bikes will be handy on the gentle hill here). At MONA we’ll allow an hour for coffee, snacks and a quick look around. The ride back to the city will be along the flat, safe InterCity Cycleway.

Bikes:  It’s an excellent ride for an e-bike. Road and hybrid also fine.

Ride Leader: Jack Gilding.  0407 486 651

Go/No Go: This is a “fair weather ride”  🙂   We’ll cancel around 5pm the day before if rain looks likely, and will advise people who’ve RSVP’ed.

Map of the ride.

RSVP here.

Sunday 11 March 2018 - Convoy to the E-bike Expo - S - 1-A-4

When: 9.30am for a 9.45am start.

Where: Meet at The Tasmanian Hockey Centre carpark, New Town. Map.

Description:  Calling all e-bike owners!  We’ll be making a Convoy of E-bikes to ride to the E-bike Expo on Sunday 11 March, come and join us!  It’s a short jaunt along the Inter City Cycleway, from the Hockey Centre to the Regatta Ground – easy peasy.  We’ll make a lot of noise on arrival at the Expo (bring your bells and whistles!).

If you are a new e-bike owner, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to check out other people’s bikes and to gain confidence on your bike on a safe path.  At only 3.6 km, you won’t waste many electrons either!

Bikes:  E-bike.

Ride Leader: Matt Drake.  0419 391 629

Go/No Go: This is a “fair weather ride”  🙂   We’ll cancel around 5pm the day before if rain looks definite, and will advise people who’ve RSVP’ed.

Map of the ride.

RSVP here.

Monday 12 March 2018 - Brompton Club - Sandy Bay coffee run- S - 2-A-10

When: 9.45am for a 10am start.

Where: Brooke St Pier, Franklin Wharf. Map.

Description: Calling all Bromptonauts!  Dayna and Stephen from Melbourne Brompton Club are visiting Hobart and would like to meet up with Hobart’s Brompton owners.  Yay!  It’s always fun to show off our Brommies and check out other peoples setups. 

Come along on an easy ride to Lower Sandy Bay for coffee.  We’ll take the tourist route through Battery Point and along Sandy Bay Rd, along quiet roads and on-road bikelanes.  Then head back to the city – short and scenic. 

10km, back within 2 hours.  

Bikes:  Bromptons.

Ride Leader: Di Elliffe.  0411 671 652

Go/No Go: This is a “fair weather ride”  🙂   We’ll cancel around 5pm the day before if rain looks definite, and will advise people who’ve RSVP’ed.

Map of the ride. (Note we are only doing the first half of this route)

RSVP here.

Sunday 25 March 2018 - Family Ride to the Taste of the World - S - 1- A-5

When: 10.45am for a 11am start.

Where: Cornelian Bay sportsground carpark. Map.

Description:  The Taste of the World Festival in Moonah should be a lot of fun, with lots of yummy food, music, dancing and entertainment for all ages.  We’re adding in an easy little bike ride, to make it even more awesome!

This short and easy ride (under 5km in total) will start at the Cornelian Bay sportsground carpark.  We’ll get all the kids and bikes ready, then set off through a tunnel (yay!) and along quiet Bell Street for the first leg.  We’ll then move onto the safe, separated Inter City Cycleway.  Arriving in Moonah, we’ll move onto Albert Rd, where littlies can use the footpath if necessary.  Soon we’re at Benjafield Park, where all the action is.  We’ll stay for an hour or so, depending on what the group wants, then head back on exactly the same route.

4.6 km, back within 2.5 hours.  

Bikes:  All

Ride Leader: Di Elliffe.  0411 671 652

Go/No Go: This is a “fair weather ride”  🙂   We’ll cancel around 5pm the day before if rain looks definite, and will advise people who’ve RSVP’ed.

Map of the ride.

RSVP here.


Become a ride leader

The success of our social rides program rests on a team of dedicated volunteer ride leaders. Leading social rides is a great way to meet new people, commit yourself to regular exercise, have company on your favourite rides, and do your bit to help build the local bike riding community.

If you’re interested in becoming a social ride leader, please contact the Social Rides Coordinator.

Please note – all ride leaders must be accredited, either through another accreditation program or through Bicycle Network Tasmania. Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll contact you to discuss your skills and interests, and keep you in touch as the next Ride Leader Skills Development Workshop is scheduled.

When:  7.15pm a 7.30pm start. 

Where: Carpark of the Ferntree Tavern. Map.

Distance: 20km (approx. 2 hours)

Map of the route


Experience the Pipeline Track in the dark, from Ferntree to Tin Cabin. We will take a break at Tin Cabin to light a fire and warm up.

Since the ride is at night and the track is unlit, it is necessary to have good lights with a suitable battery life (approx. 2.5-3 hours).  We will also be riding supportively (e.g. in pairs to share the light on the path).

Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring an extra layer.  Bring a drink and snacks to stay energised for a 2-3hr ride.

Riders:  All welcome. A social ride where the group will ride together to support newer riders.


  • good front and rear lights for your bike
  • a torch for when we arrive at the cabin
  • snacks to stay energised for a 2.5-3 hr ride (and marshmallows for the fire?)
  • water (also may be available along the route)
  • a windproof layer for the return downhill leg (and gloves, warm socks, thermals for warmth, depending on the weather).

The route: this is a gentle uphill ride along unsealed paths, all offroad, with a steady downhill run on the return leg.  Suits hybrids and mountain bikes.  It is safe, with some gentle gradients and will last about two and a half hours. 

Bike type: Suits Hybrids and MTBs

Ride leader: Your ride leader is Matt Drake

RSVP here.

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We’ll make every effort to ensure our organised rides are safe and supportive, however we encourage everyone to cover themselves with a Bicycle Network membership. This ensures you have excellent year-round 24/7 cover against both Personal Injury and Third Party Personal/Property Damage whilst riding your bike. 

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