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Cycling

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Cycling is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation or sport.  It is physically challenging, builds fitness and endurance and gets you out and about enjoying the outdoors.

It’s a great form of active transport and one of the ten most popular sports and physical activities for adults in NSW. 

There are many different types of cycling: road and track cycling, mountain biking for the adventurous types and BMX for those who like to extend their technical skills.  Memberships and licences are available to help you get involved in the different competition and participation events.

If your children are aged under 10, they should be supervised at all times by an adult when they ride their bikes in traffic environments.  It’s also very important to talk with your kids and establish safe routes where they can ride.

When they’re learning to ride independently they should begin on footpaths and quiet streets with adult supervision. If your child is under 12 years, you can ride with them on the footpaths while they’re learning. 

It is important that all family members maintain their bikes, know the cycling rules and always cycle with care! See: Bicycle Laws and Penalties - NSW Government, Roads and Traffic Authority website (new window).

Getting around

Riding a bike is a fun activity that everyone in the family can enjoy. It’s also a great way to explore your local community.

To help you get from A to B, the Roads and Traffic Authority has produced cycleway maps You can download them online, or order them for free on 1800 060 607. See: RTA Cycleway Maps - NSW Government RTA website (new window).

This is what the RTA cycle maps look like:

 

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The City of Sydney has cycling maps and courses for beginners to encourage more people to get on a bike and get active. Your local council may also have information on local cycling routes.

Keep safe

It’s really important to stay safe while you’re cycling. Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Always wear an approved bicycle helmet that is fitted properly and fastened to your head.
  • Always obey the road rules, including traffic lights, stop signs and give ways.
  • Give hand signals when changing lanes or turning left or right.
  • Wear visible clothing – bright, light and reflective is best.
  • Plan safe routes and use quiet streets, bicycle paths or shared paths wherever possible.
  • Ride in a predictable manner and maintain control of your bike at all times.  It is an offence to ride with both hands off the handlebars, feet off the pedals or to carry anything that prevents you from having control.

NSW Roads and Traffic Authority also has a useful Handbook for bicycle riders that provides really useful information on road safety, bicycle maintenance, road rules and the legal side of riding your bike. You can order also free bike maintenance poster which tells you the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance checks you need to do to keep your bike safe and roadworthy.

See: Handbook for Bicycle Riders - NSW Government, Roads and Traffic Authority website (new window).