Desperate for exercise with your bub or toddler, but sick of power-walking with the pram?
What about cycling? Not the trike kind, but the kind where you get back on your bike. If you install a sturdy baby / child seat, your little one can ride tandem. It's an upfront cost (you'll need a good helmet for bub too!) but it will open up a world of FREE cycling paths in your neighbourhood.
To start you off, Sydney Mums Group has found 7 of the most accessible, easy and popular suburban bike tracks, across Sydney. Let us know which one is your favourite.
One of the best places to take your family for a cycle. With a dedicated bike hire located in the park (including tandem and kids' bike options), the site offers some of Sydney's safest and easiest trails, past park, river and wetland views. Read more about the family-friendly attractions of Olympic Park here.
Still one of the best places in the East for all types of leisure pursuits, including an easy cycle around the park's well laid-out pathways and Grand Drive Cycle Line. As with Olympic Park, there is also a bike hire centre.
These sprawling neighbourhood parklands offer leafy cycling and walking tracks, around brilliant community leisure facilities, including an aquatic centre, BBQ area and playground. I might be a little biased but this was my favourite bike-riding haunt from childhood (I rocked a Malvern Star and pink Stack Hat in those days)!
Total Distance: 1.9km section of the wider Botany Bay Trail
Whose Local Is It?: Southern Sydney mums
Upgrades to this popular bike path are due for completion in April 2018. The shared cycling / pedestrian pathway forms just part of the wider Botany Bay Trail. Once completed, it will provide a high-quality, uninterrupted, continuous foreshore trail between La Perouse, around Botany Bay to Kurnell in the south.
With 1000s of bike tracks all around this great city, consider this your starter list for getting out and about with bub on the back of your bike. If you think there are better paths we should be listing for mums in your area, Join the Conversation and leave a comment, so we can update this article.