There are pitfalls to living in a thriving city; sometimes everything happens at once. Friday is a big day for Sydney with major events around the harbour, Moore Park and in the city where much of George Street remains closed. Why not walk or ride to beat the rush?

Sydney’s winter light festival Vivid launches on Friday evening, with extensive road closures from 6pm around Circular Quay and the Rocks to accommodate bumper numbers of visitors. Meanwhile 60,000 sports fans will be heading to Moore Park for a Sydney/Melbourne AFL derby at the same time as the Waratahs take on the Chiefs in the super rugby. The Friday afternoon peak is expected to be exceptionally busy as a consequence, with commuters encouraged to re-time their journeys.

At times like these the easiest way to get around is on foot or by trusty bicycle – it’s fastest, free and you’re always guaranteed a seat. Could you walk home, or to a quieter stop? Maybe your journey home is along one of our city cycleways, in which case you won’t even need to worry about the traffic. Check our map to plan your route.

Vivid will be lighting up the city from 27 May until 18 June, with major road closures every Friday night. Why not make a night of it in June and join with friends to take in the lights, sights and experience and travel home off peak, by foot or by bicycle?

Thinking about riding? Remember to add to the illuminations by lighting up yourself! You can pick up free bike light blinkies at our free tune-up sessions next Tuesday in Victoria Park, Broadway – from 4pm to 5:30pm.