Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) and Riding Groups
Bicycle User Groups (or BUGs for short) are local groups of like minded bike riders who get together for social riding in their area. These groups often run regular bike rides for their members, guests and members of the public to go along and enjoy. Bicycle NSW assists these BUGs for their public rides, supports their members to advocate for better bike infrastructure and conditions in their Local Government Areas, and go on to represent their concerns at a State level. BUGs exist across NSW, but only those affiliated with Bicycle NSW are listed here as we can assure their ride leaders are comprehensively trained and approved by us to deliver the highest quality, interesting and suitable rides for all participants. Individual members of BUGs are also encouraged to take out their own Bicycle NSW membership for their personal accident insurance and access to other member benefits.
Inner City Sydney
“Exists to create a platform towards a more sustainable future and inclusive society”.
ARTcycle, based in Sydney, promote art and artist-friendly cycling activities including tours, interactive, cross-discipline and hybrid arts practices at the intersection of art, industry and environment. Holding a range of rides that allow for exploring a range of art exhibits, ARTcycle takes exploring to a whole new level. Environmental conservation is another key mission of this BUG
Sydney Spokes 'is the home of gay and lesbian cycling in Sydney'. Each weekend they hold rides across Sydney, exploring different parts of the city and wider areas such as the Illawarra, Central Coast and Windsor. They offer membership, which is $25 for all Bicycle NSW members. Social gathering are held during most rides, including a coffee stop, lunch break or even a swim at the beach during the Summer months.
Inner West Sydney
Working to improve bicycling facilities in the Ashfield Municipal Council area, Ashfield BUG is for people who want to see improved conditions for cyclists in the Ashfield area!
Providing a voice for local riders, through working with partner groups to advocate for a better environment within the Ashfield area, this BUG creates a ‘cycling perspective’ for the decision makers across the region.
Bike Leichhardt actively lobbies local councils within the Inner West region for better bike routes and safer roads for cyclists. These areas include Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Rozelle, Balmain and Annandale. This user group encourages those who are see cycling as a form of practical and sustainable transport, and as a form of health recreation, to join as a member.
Bike Marrickville currently has major projects underway to create a better environment for cycling within the area. This includes the implementation of high quality cycling routes to Sydenham Station where bike racks are overflowing, minimizing the ability of potential riders to hop on their wheels as part of their daily commute.
With a key focus of advocating for the rights of cyclists, this BUG looks to educate riders and road users about respect on the roads and moving in a safe and practical manner. They lobby governments and providing advice and education to the local community and schools.
Canada Bay BUG
Composing regions of the Inner West in Sydney, this BUG was adopted by council in 2005 to foster a greater environment for cycling within this region. Canada Bay BUG facilitate regular weekend rides that cater for riders of all abilities. These rides commonly last for 1-3 hours, with longer riders normally held on the last Sunday of each month. To ensure participants gain the best experience possible, members are able to select rides which suit their ideal speed and terrain.
Bike North Incorporated cover Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby, Lane Cove, North Sydney, The Hills & Ryde council areas.
They run regular social rides where you can meet friends, exercise and have fun at the same time. They work with local authorities to make cycling better in Northern Sydney
Northern Beaches Bikers
The Northern Beaches Bikers meet each fortnight and hold rides that are suitable for all ages and abilities. The NBB hold their rides with aims to keep fit, discover new places and provide social interaction. Some of the rides involve off-road cycling, including routes near Newnes and the Kuringai Chase in Sydney, so the use of a mountain bike is advisable. For cyclists who prefer good conversation, company and coffee
St Ives BUG
St Ives BUG hold rides for keen cyclists who want to improve their skills and overall fitness. They offer memberships of their own, to ensure all members feel part of the family. Rides are held weekly on Saturday and Sunday mornings, while there is also a Wednesday night ride available during daylight savings.
BIKEast represents cyclists from the South Head of Sydney Harbour to the mouth of Botany Bay, including those on the fringes of Sydney’s CBD. They hold monthly meetings to discuss any issues within the region and welcome all cycling enthusiasts to contribute to creating a better environment for cycling within the area!
Holding four different ride options per week, including a route across the iconic Bondi Beach, BIKEast caters for cyclists of all ages and abilities. They lobby government for improved facilities within the beauty of Sydney’s East.
Sydney Night Rides
Sydney Night Rides hold rides after the sun sets, giving an amazing and unique experience to cyclists. They encourage all types of riders to come along - they even organise bike parties to share a common love of riding. A ride is held each Tuesday night at 8pm from the Pride of Redfern (115 Lawson Street, Redfern NSW).
Bike South West
Bike South West is a BUG that looks to improve cycling infrastructure within the Bankstown and Canterbury regions. They work with local governments to continually advocate for improved facilities within the region. This includes working with the Bankstown Council to promote participation in the annual ‘Bike Out West’ participatory event, and meeting with the NSW Government to ensure sustainable cycling infrastructure is planned for in the WestConnex project
Whilst fortnightly rides are open to all members of the public, Liverpool BUG strongly encourage membership to gain the best experience from the BUG. This includes input in the organized rides, a vote at the AGM and enhanced voice for advocacy work with local councils.
CAMWest works with local councils across the Parramatta, Blacktown and Holroyd regions to create a greater number of cycle paths and routes in these areas. The projects of this BUG include the Upper Parramatta River Catchment Cycleway, which connects the river to the CBD, and the implementation of bike lockers across a range of stations within Sydney’s West.
Sydney Cycling Sisters
The Sydney Cycling Sisters work to build capacity and confidence of women to ride, and to lead rides. To promote cycling to minority groups and be consulted on advocacy and community development projects related to this and related issues. They mostly hold rides across different areas of western Sydney, including Chester Hill, Auburn and Strathfield .
Western Sydney Cycling Network
Western Sydney Cycling Network (WSCN) hold rides from their base in Prairiewood. They regularly hold rides across the Fairfield district, where cyclists can mingle with others over a coffee stop during the ride. They also regularly spend time recycling bikes, with over 2000 recycled since 2006. They are then donated to a new home for new riders to enjoy.
Addventageous encourages communities to be HAPPY riders which is Healthy Active Positive Purposeful and Youthful. We offer a range of classes which build skills , confidence and safety whether your learning to ride, get back on the bike, ride to work or just ride for recreation. Age is no barrier
Central Coast BUG
Since its establishment in 2012, Central Coast BUG has created a body of action for the Central Coast cycling community. Initially formed as a voice for advocacy, this group has attracted a range of members who are excited by the idea of riding along the beautiful coast and sharing their passion with others. Offering different route options each weekend, the CCBUG is for individuals of all ages and abilities. They travel to places such as Woy Woy, Gosford and Brisbane Waters.
Central Coast Touring Cycle Club
The Central Coast Touring Cycle Club (CCTCC) meet every Sunday of the month and hold rides for all cyclists. Participants can plan whether they choose to ride and if so, how long they ride for. Riding locations include Wyong, Bobbin Head and the gorgeous Tuggerah Lake, with paths along the beautiful beaches a common feature of the weekly routes. Furthermore, all cyclists are provided with the chance to stop on the way to refuel, refresh and interact with fellow riders!
Coffs Harbour Bicycle User Group.
Enjoying a mantra of ‘social, non-competitive cycling for all’, Coffs Harbour BUG hold regular Thursday rides are held for all who are keen to hop on their bikes and ride with fellow cycling aficionados. This group have proudly developed a family-like feel, with members and non-members regularly coming together for regular meals and other social events.
Dorrigo Urunga Bellingen BUG
Dorrigo Urunga Bellingen BUG (DUBBUG) stage a range of alternative rides across the year for its members, providing participants with new experiences and ultimately advocating for cycling in previously unfounded territory. Feature rides include multi-day events across Armindale, Ballina, Grafton and South West Rocks. Routes along the South Island of New Zealand and across the Nullarbor have also been held by this group.
Guyra Cycling Community
The Guyra Cycling Community are for everyone - their group is made of children, adults, roadies, mountain bikers and more. They all have a passion for riding bikes. They create a welcoming environment, by holding a range of rides that suit every cyclist. They hold a ride each morning, leaving from Rafter's Restaurant at 5:45am and returning at 7am - the perfect way to start your morning before work.
Newcastle Cycleways Movement (NCM)
The NCM has played a key role in the implementation of different cycling plans within the region. From playing a strong role in the planning of the Fernleigh track, to the construction of the East-West cycleway from the centre of the city to Wallsend, this BUG has achieved a range of landmark decisions. Monthly meetings are held for members to continue the advocacy push, while participation within RMS forums ensures continued voice
Port Stephens Cycle Group
Port Stephens Cycle Group are a community based riding group who cater for bike riders of all ages and abilities. They hold rides in areas across the Port Stephens region, including Salamander Bay, Soldiers Point, Medowie and Nelsons Bay, ensuring scenic views which can be enjoyed by all while they mingle with fellow keen cyclists.
Dubbo BUG cater for all riders, placing particular emphasis on those who the lack the confidence to ride regularly, and for people who are looking to hop back on their bike after a period of inactivity. Meeting every Sunday morning at Wahroonga Park in South Dubbo for a social ride, this BUG encourages new people each week to come and join the fun.
Badbugs Bathurst Cycling Club Recreational Riders Group
Bathurst and District Bicycle User Group, or BADBUG, aim to promote cycling and to help people meet other cyclists. They organise a regular Saturday morning ride for cyclists of all ability levels. They work with the Bathurst Regional Council to push for the development of a fully integrated cycling network. Other rides of note that this riding group support include the Blayney to Bathurst Cyclo Sportif Challenge (B2B). while extended touring rides are held from time to time around the district, interstate and sometimes even overseas.
Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club
Home of the Orange Piranhas, the Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club is a family oriented club which caters for participants of all ages and abilities. Providing triathlon programs, which provide an extensive cycling component, inclusion and participation are the key aims of this club. During non-event times all members are continually supported with their aims of improving fitness and achieving personal results.
Silver City Bush Treadlers
A group to promote Silver City Bush Treadlers Dares, post photos, keep up to date with other riders. We ride to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and ride somewhere in Outback Australia every year on our Annual "Dares".
Albury Wodonga Pedal Power
A non-profit club for recreational cyclists in the Albury-Wodonga region, Pedal Power provides a range of social rides, hoping to promote fun, exercise and socializing, with the added bonus of experiencing the beautiful Albury-Wodonga landscape.
Catering for all levels and abilities, and people of all ages, Pedal Power hopes to get more people cycling and create a better environment for cycling in the Albury-Wodonga region. They do so by representing to local councils and supporting cycling activities.
Cootamundra BUG hold rides each Wednesday and Saturday, embarking on a host of potential routes, weather dependent. They enjoy a strong member base within the Cootamundra region, with members actively partaking in voluntary, administrative roles in the cycling events held by the Cootamundra Cycling Club
Eurobodalla BUG provides those on the far south coast of New South Wales with the opportunity to enjoy numerous social rides in a friendly and encouraging environment. Through the wonderful scenery on offer in areas like Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma and Bodalla, budding riders are encouraged to come together and interact with fellow cycling aficionados in a relaxing and peaceful environment.
Rides are held each Monday and Wednesday.
Rides are staged by Kiama BUG on Saturday and Sunday, with the two rides accommodating for both fast, experienced riders, and those who are new to bike riding. The rides are organized and held by members of the BUG, ensuring sound knowledge of the routes and the best course of action for each ride.
Kiama Touring Cyclists
The Kiama Touring Cyclists are a unique body that is part of the DoSomething charity. The group holds advertised rides which are open to all members of the public, as well as holding regular meetings where local cycling issues can be discussed.
This BUG frequently works with the government and organizations to improve cycling conditions within the Kiama region.
Riverina Highlands Rail Trails
The Riverina Highland Rail Trails hold a vision of introducing rail corridors along closed train lines for the purpose of walking and cycling. This rail trail will range from the inland city of Wagga Wagga through to the sub alpine areas of Tumbarumba and Batlow, providing an alternative, practical route of transport. They also come with the added bonus of the scenic countryside for all travelers
Shoalhaven BUG hold a full on recreational riding program, where cyclists can participate in four rides across the week which travel to places such as Nowra, Kiama, Woollamia and Berry. They have education programs and social events to ensure that members are trained on their bicycle and have the opportunity to interact with fellow cycling aficionados. Advocacy work is also high on the agenda, where the implementation of the Shoalhaven City Bike Plan has been an ongoing priority.
Southern Tablelands Cycling
Through looking to promote recreational and tourist cycling, Southern Tablelands Cycling encourage keen riders to hop on their bikes and enjoy the quieter roads and lanes across the district. This BUG connects Goulburn with surrounding smaller towns and villages, such as Crookwell, Taralga and Gunning.