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Van Badham's Excursion


Sunday 24 November, 2-4.30pm
Departing from St Ali North

You may have seen a play she wrote, you may have read her writing in The Guardian, but THIS SUNDAY 24 November you can join her on a two wheeled jaunt around Melbourne’s inner north, for the third instalment of our Pushy Women series, featuring speaker, teacher and MC, theatremaker, novelist, and barbarian Van Badham.

We spoke to Van about what bike riding means to her: “I started riding a bike when I was 5. It was a green Malvern Star and my parents assured me it was the greatest bicycle ever. For some reason, the front fork had to be replaced and the replacement was this pineapple colour. It made my bike even cooler. My bike became my closest companion for years: on camping holidays on the Hawkesbury River, I used to ride the bike for miles and miles through forests and orchards, past mountains and to distant and spectacular locations. It was freedom.”

“It’s the agency that the bike gives you that is what I like most about riding. As a girl, I think cycling really connected me to the possibility that I could – and should – determine my own direction, and have the power at my disposal to go where I wanted to and see things for myself. 40 countries and a big life later, I think I do owe my belief that adventure is always possible to the bike. I rode a hire over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco down to Sausalito when I was 27 and it was the most golden day of my life.” This is Pushy Woman after our own hearts! Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

So what’s on Van’s Pushy Women Excursion? Well, we’ll start out at our usual spot, the sunny side of St Ali North, with a free coffee and a tune up for your bicycle care of Velo Cycles. If you arrive early, you can take a spin on a Gazelle Electric bike from Velo Electric and Folding (perhaps you want to go all the way?). Departing this treadlie nirvana, Van will lead us on a journey into her past, with a story to tell at every stop. Prepare for cake at Babka, ice-cream  at Trampoline, discount designer frills at Alannah Hill, a spot of education at Trades Hall rounded out with a tipple at the Standard Hotel.

Tickets are limited so BOOK YOUR PLACE

Tickets:  $25 adult / $15 accompanying child (plus 30c booking fee) via trybooking (includes free coffee and bike tune up)
Tour start: 24 November 2pm at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North
Bring: Working bicycle + bell (or hire a bike from Velo Cycles for $20, please book prior to ride), helmet, camera/phone, water.
Contact: Pip via pip@thesqueakywheel.com.au if you’re new to bike riding, want to bring small family members along or if you have any questions.

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