Cycling facilities in NSW come in a wide range of shapes and styles, from shared-use paths and trails to on-road infrastructure like bike lanes.
In many communities across NSW riders can access shared paths (such as the Cooks River Cycleway) - as well as an ever-expanding network of on-road bike facilities for getting to and around important regional centers. Shared path offer car-free space to ride (though you'll usually share with pedestrians, hence the name), and in some cases take advantage of old rail corridors or other direct routes which connect quickly and easily.
If you ride on a shared path then make sure to keep at least 1 metre distance to anyone walking.
RIDING ON THE ROAD
When riding on the road, it’s important to always wear a fitting helmet and use a bike with a bell and working lights. Bikes are considered as vehicles and have to comply with road rules and must stop at red lights and stop signs.
It's generally recommended to favor roads with fewer cars and slower traffic speeds, such as neighborhood residential streets - it may not always be the most direct, but it will be much more comfortable and may be more interesting as well! If you can't avoid riding on roads with speeds below 60 kph try to favor those with bike lanes or other dedicated infrastructure (if possible).
If you're unsure of how to navigate your city's streets and finding the most comfortable routes for riding, use the NSW Government’s Cycleway Finder or consult Google Maps' bicycle route feature. You can always ask a friend who rides a bike, or visit your local bike shop for guidance as well!
TIPS FOR NEW CYCLISTS:
Find a comfortable place to ride - we suggest looking for one of the following:
- A multi-use trail or path (there may be one in a nearby park, or across town, a quick google search for trails will get you started)
- A quiet neighborhood street with little car traffic (look for roads that don't connect major roads, or which have low speed limits)
- An organised social ride or event, such as a social group ride (see Bicycle NSW’s ride calendar or SportsMatchMaker if you’re searching for someone to ride with)
I ALREADY RIDE
There are many group rides put on by various organisations (advocates, clubs, and and bike shops) throughout the year all across NSW. These rides will run the gamut in terms of difficulty (beginner to advanced) and geography (city centre to the outer areas of the region). We can't list them all here, but with a bit of searching it's likely you'll find a group that fits you. And if you don't, then maybe it's time to start a new group!
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