FUNDED by the City of Melbourne, an upcoming series of tours aims to help international students navigate the streets of Melbourne this April by bike! Amber Ziye Wang has more.
As Victoria’s largest service export, the international education sector continues to breathe life into Australia, a proudly multicultural nation. Now, organisations are recognising international students for their potential, and increasingly, the need to engage them.
The upcoming bike tours by the City of Melbourne is a fine example of such recognition. Now in its fifth year, the program has set the course for many international students by providing a warm welcome and knowledge base on how to navigate the streets of Melbourne — the place where they now call home.
Done entirely from the seats of your bikes, students will be guided by bicycle training experts and hosted by a local bike loving student. The tour will take you to Melbourne’s most iconic spots, with insider tips on the city’s ever growing café, food, and music culture — not to mention its nightlife!
Delivered by bicycle training and culture experts, The Squeaky Wheel, the program involves training and tour sessions on a range of knowledge points and skills. Topics include basic bike handling and safety, and the rules and customs of Melbourne’s roads.
To top it off, all ride participants will be invited to a follow up celebration ride, finishing up with a picnic and free admission to either an AFL game at Etihad stadium, or an A-League match at AAMI park.
The bike tours kick off in April. Registration is essential.
Registrations can be made at:
Lord Mayors Student Welcome – Saturday, March 19 at City Square, 2.00 – 5.00pm
The Couch Event at Hamodava Café – Thursday, March 25 on 69 Bourke St
The Squeaky Wheel’s official website – From March 1
Available sessions to sign up for include:
Session 1: Saturday, April 9 (10.00am – 12.30pm)
Session 2: Saturday, April 16 (10.00am – 12.30pm)
Session 3: Saturday, April 23 (10.00am – 12.30pm)
Session 4: Saturday, April 30 (10.00am – 12.30pm)
Session 5: Saturday, May 7 or 14 – Ride to football or soccer match TBC
For more information about the bike tours, contact Faith Hunter by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (0406 585 463).