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A creative way to prevent close passes!

A Creative Way to Prevent Close Passes!

Bicycle NSW continues to work hard to raise awareness of Minimum Passing Distance (MPD) legislation. Drivers must give bicycle riders at least one metre space in 60 km/h or under zones and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is above 60km/h. But we know this isn’t routinely happening.  We advocate for much more enforcement and there

ACTIVE TRAVEL WINS AT WILLOUGHBY PUBLIC SCHOOL

Active Travel Wins at Willoughby Public School

Bicycle NSW volunteer Nicolle Kuppens has found bike riding in Sydney a challenge after many years of everyday cycling in the Netherlands. In particular, she is disappointed that it is so difficult for her children to ride to school.   So Nicolle was delighted to learn that her local council, Willoughby on Sydney’s lower north shore,

BUGS Improving Rider Safety

BUGS Improving Rider Safety

One of the most important goals for Bicycle NSW is to ‘create a better environment for all bicycle riders.’ In working towards this objective, rider safety on the roads has been a key focus for our team over many years. Minimum Passing Distance (MPD) legislation was introduced in NSW in 2018 after a long advocacy campaign by Bicycle

MAKING LOCAL STREETS SAFE FOR BIKES

Making Local Streets Safe For Bikes

Protected cycleways that separate bike riders from both vehicles and pedestrians are gold standard facilities. Great examples of these cycleways have been built over the last 15 years in NSW. Many local governments are planning more projects.  They are the best solution for busy roads with fast traffic. But it is very difficult to make

Take the Bicycle NSW Safe Biking Pledge for National Road Safety Week 2024

Take The Safe Biking Pledge

Take the Bicycle NSW Safe Biking Pledge for National Road Safety Week 2024 Help make NSW a safer place to bike! Take the pledge. Show your commitment. Traffic injury is one of the biggest killers in Australia and National Road Safety Week (5-12 May) is here to highlight the impact of road trauma and ways

Bicycle helmet standards change

Bicycle Helmet Standards Change

But not just yet in New South Wales…. Just a few weeks ago, the Assistant Treasurer accepted the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) recommendation to adopt additional bicycle helmet standards in Australia.   This means that bicycle helmets meeting 6 Australian and overseas standards can be imported and sold in Australia. Australia’s new standards should allow a

Should we ban e-bikes in apartments?

Should We Ban E-Bikes in Apartments?

Stories of spectacular fires caused by lithium-ion batteries have sparked fears about the safety of these batteries and the gadgets they power. And of course, this includes e-bikes and other e-mobility devices. As our recent article Why is there an e-bike in my shower? highlighted, e-bikes are very popular with people living in apartments. Of

Police tape across NSW road

NSW Road Safety Forum Misses Vital Ingredient

Road trauma statistics have trended in the wrong direction over the last few years. 370 lives were lost in the last year in NSW, 100 more than in the previous 12 months.  This is a 37% increase. 62 people died in crashes in January and February 2024, up 29% on the 3-year average for the

Give me room! A close pass is intimidating and very dangerous.

New Push for Minimum Passing Distance Compliance

The NSW Police agree that Minimum Passing Distance legislation must be enforced – but we need your help! Bicycle NSW was very proud to play a key role in the establishment of Minimum Passing Distance (MPD) legislation when it was introduced in NSW in 2018.  Minimum passing distance laws had been a long-term goal for Australia’s bike riding community.

Nicolle and her daughter in Amersfoort

Travel to school: a Dutch experience

Nicolle Kuppens is an urban planner who lives on Sydney’s lower north shore and loves riding bikes. Two years ago, Nicolle and her young family moved back to Australia after a decade in the Netherlands. And she is really missing the ease of getting around by bike! When cycling is part of the fabric of