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Cycling

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Cycling is a physically challenging activity that builds your fitness and endurance – and gets you enjoying the outdoors as well! It’s a great form of transport and one of the ten most popular physical activities for teens and adults in NSW.

There are lots of options for the keen cyclist, such as road and track cycling, mountain biking for the adventurous types and BMX for those who want to extend their technical skills. They’re all really rewarding activities and membership licences are available if you want to compete or get involved in participation events.

Getting around

To help bicycle riders 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: Cycleway Maps - NSW Government RTA website (opens new window)

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.

It is important that you maintain your bike and know the cycling rules.
See: Bicycle Laws and Penalties - NSW Government RTA website (opens new window)

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: A Handbook for Bicycle Riders - NSW Government, RTA website (opens new window)