A bicycle built for two?

Checking out Melbourne (Photo: City Cycle Tours)

Finding someone to share your life with has never been easy, especially with more of us working longer hours than ever before.

Earlier this year the Australian National University surveyed 8,000 workers and found their preferred working week would be capped at 39 hours, but most people work considerably longer than 40 hours a week.

That makes creating space in the week to look for a soulmate challenging.

And when it comes to the means of finding that special someone, not everyone is interested in online dating or Tinder.

So this summer, Melbourne’s City Cycle Tours is shaking up the dating scene with bike events for singles, to help people mingle and see if romance strikes.

Michelle Brown, founder of Melbourne By Bike, set up the tours when she realised some of her clients were coming along in the hope of meeting a partner.

The monthly tours start from Federation Square and meander around the city, before wrapping up with a picnic in Flagstaff Gardens.

It’s also BYO bike so couples have the option to ride on rather than returning their bicycle at the end of the day.

“There are no set routes. It’s more like, hey – where do you all want to go,” Michelle told Hatch, saying the tours deliberately have a casual feel so riders can focus on each other as well as the sights. – Liela Boyd.