The people of Adelaide have been keeping a little secret all to themselves, but it would appear the word is spreading and it’s time to let the cat out of the bag – Adelaide is cool.
Not in a snobby “we’re too good for you” kind of way. Far from it. Adelaide is often cited as one of the friendliest cities in the world. A city where people go out of their way to help a lost visitor with a map, look a stranger in the eye and say hello or teach a newcomer the rules to AFL football.
No, we’re talking the kind of cool that comes from having the world’s only green belt of parks that wrap the entire city, free bike hire for everyone, the largest selection of food trucks in the country, the must-visit Adelaide Central Market jam packed with local produce and food from around the world and the expanding and cool ‘small bar’ scene.
And the best thing about Adelaide, it’s easy!
When Colonel William Light founded Adelaide in 1836, he had a simple plan: a one square mile city centre and lots of open space. He laid out the streets in a grid, surrounded by a ring of what are now State Heritage Listed parklands. The Adelaide Parklands were designed to be the ‘lungs of the city’ and now Adelaide is the only city in the world to be completely surrounded by parklands. Totalling 7.6 square kilometres in green space, compared in size to London’s Hyde Park at 2.53 and New York’s Central Park at 3.41 square kilometres - now that’s cool.
And speaking of cool. The very generous free bike hire* scheme in Adelaide is an initiative of the Adelaide City Council to help create a cleaner, greener city. They have thousands of free bikes for everyone to hire, every day. Cycling is the perfect way to get to know the city and beyond with an abundance of bike dedicated trails around the parklands and throughout the city, and a distinct lack of hills makes the pedalling a breeze. If you prefer to watch someone else do the cycling, don’t miss January’s Tour Down Under – first stop of the world’s annual cycling calendar. An Aussie flavoured Tour de France.
Fork on the Road event
There are nine handy hire locations in the city and all you need to bring is a valid driver’s licence, passport or Australian proof of age card. Your ID will be held as a deposit for the duration of the hire and will be given back to you when you return the bike to where you hired it.
Adelaide is a wonderful city to explore by bike, a full list of free hire locations can be found.
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