Newcastle’s Bike v Car Time Trial


Last Tuesday, a small group of active transport advocates coordinated an independent time trial in Newcastle.  Their aim was to access the differences between various modes of transport travelling between the Newcastle campuses of the University of Newcastle. Synchronising their watches at 8:30am they headed off in their different modes of transport – public bus, shuttle bus, car and bike. Having recruited architecture students from the University of Newcastle for this time trial they had more than enough hands on board.

Decreasing the car parking in the Newcastle CBD has raised many concerns amongst residents recently.  University of Newcastle is contemplating expanding the city campus but this does not include any additional parking.  While within the CBD itself there has been a loss of parking spaces due to new buildings.  These advocates for active transport aimed to tackle this growing demand for more car parking by highlighting that driving by car is the slowest way to get around in peak hour.


NewcastleTimeTrialBelow are the times it took each time trialer to reach their meetup point:

Public Bus – 35 minutes, 12 seconds

Shuttle bus – 36:41

Bike – 44:50

Car – 46:04


Interesting Sam who drove his car did say that he would have arrived at the same time as the public bus however, he struggled to find parking on campus.  In actual fact, there were 2 hour spots closer to the meeting point but for a 2 hour lecture at university they wouldn’t have been sufficient enough so he had to drive an additional distance to find a four hour parking spot.  Not to mention it cost him the $4.50 to park at the university, plus fuel and car maintenance on top of that.

Their time travel test highlighted the need for having alternative methods of getting around other than by car. The active transport advocates are pushing for the Cyclesafe Network to be built in its entirety to prevent the rapidly growing centre of Greater Newcastle from being buried in car parks and roadways. This was great work by some active transport advocates to help highlight the need more alternatively ways to get around other than by car.


Watch the video below!

Sydney Harbour Bridge ramp delayed… again

Sydney Harbour Bridge ramp delayed… again


Yet again, the proposed ramp at the northern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge – meant to ease the burden of cyclists and meet accessibility needs – has been delayed. Roads Minister Melinda Pavey advised yesterday (21 March 2018, Sydney Morning Herald) that cyclists will have to wait another two years before the state government decides to deliver this much needed alternative to hauling bikes up the steps to access the bridge.

Instead, the government has decided to build lifts at either end of the Bridge, due to be completed by the end of this year. Although this is positive news and will enable people in wheelchairs and parents with strollers to gain access to the Bridge, this does not meet the needs of the thousands of cyclists who use this route everyday.

Currently over 2000 cyclists use the Sydney Harbour Bridge each day and are forced to dismount and walk their bike up 55 stairs. The situation is even more precarious on wet days when the stairs can be slippery and put cyclists at further risk of injury. Unfortunately for many cyclists who are trying to take advantage of the incredible health and wellness benefits derived from cycling, this obstacle can be even more cumbersome, particularly for cyclists at more elderly stages of life as well as families and children.

The main criticisms of the ramp, raised on behalf of residents of North Sydney by Mayor Jilly Gibson, surrounded the impacts the ramp would have on Bradfield Park in terms of tree felling and sightlines.

As illustrated in the proposed design for the ramp, it has a minimal impact on the historically recognized Harbour Bridge and does not affect the accessibility or functionality of the Milsons Point train station. Despite any critique of the design, the ramp will, quite simply, encourage more people to get on their bikes and ride into the city using a much more convenient and safer route, once complete. This will have a knock-on effect of easing congestion across this already heavily congested traffic route.

Looking towards our European counterparts for inspiration, it was recently reported that in the City of London (commonly known as the Square Mile), there are more cyclists on the roads during peak rush hour than there are cars, taxis, buses and motorcycles. Even with this 4-fold increase in cycling over the last 19 years, the City of London recognizes that “significant changes in cycling infrastructure provision and/or travel behaviour may be needed to spur further growth in cycling on City streets” (Cycling now the most popular form of rush hour transport on London streets, report shows, Henry Robertshaw for Cycling Weekly on 19 February 2018).

This is an important insight that the NSW Government needs to take heed of – active transport is vital to the economic, social, health and environmental growth of any major city. We can have – and indeed need to pursue – world-class active transport facilities. This starts with the government embracing investment in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

With NSW far from meeting the UN’s suggested target of 20% of transport funding dedicated to active transport, pedestrians and most notably cyclists, are being short-changed when it comes to infrastructure spending in favour of cars. This recent article from The Conversation shows just how little funding is given to active transport at both the city and state level. Although it is encouraging to see that at the city level there is some improvement, with Sydney allocating nearly a quarter of their transport budget for 2019-2020 to active transport (20 March 2018).

But there is still a long way to go before Sydney becomes a mecca for walking and cycling. If the proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge cyclist ramp is any indication of where we are headed, there is a lot of progress that needs to be made, and the government is best placed to set the tone of the conversation. Bicycle NSW strongly encourages the NSW Government to consider the health of its residents and the future of its cities by prioritizing active transport and changing perceptions on the dominance of the automobile.

Great Ideas for a Summer Ride

You’ve stumbled across this page because either;

a) You want to liven up your cycling routine

b) You want to get active on the weekend, but the gym is not your thing

c) You want to make good use of the last couple of weeks of Summer

The answer is ( as strongly ( and enthusiastically) advised by the Spice girls)- Spice. Up. Your. Life!

Turn a seemingly mundane bike ride into a fun-filled adventure. Don’t waste your last weeks of Summer sitting at home. Get fit while having a great time!

Down below are some awesome ideas for a Summer ride!

1. Beach ride

We are so lucky in Australia that we are in no shortage of beaches, which makes it the perfect opportunity to go on a beach ride. Hot summer days call for a cool, sea-breeze and a post-ride dip in the rejuvenating, salty waters that brace Australian shores. So, pop all your beach essentials in your backpack ( especially sunscreen and water) and get down to your local beach this summer!


2. Picnic ride

Need a fun but easy date idea? Want to add a bit more fun to your family outings?

Pack your picnic basket with scrumptious snacks and ride down to your local park for a peaceful lunch. Many say that food and cycling go hand in hand, which is a difficult pairing to fault, especially when a tasty meal perfectly compliments a summer bike ride. So, why not dabble in some culinary bike riding by treating your partner, family or friends to a delicious ending to a Summer bike ride?

Tip: Remember to pack your food in sturdy containers to prevent any spills or from your food getting crushed.

3. National Park Ride

Lush vegetation and acres upon acres of land to explore; a ride in your local National Park is sure to get your inner adventurer excited. Most national parks host numerous bike paths which keep the plants safe from bike tires while allowing you to see the beauty of the National Park. These are gems in the summer as tall tree cover protects you from the harsh sun, allowing you to get on with your fun-filled Summer biking adventures.

4. Evening bike ride

There is something special about Summer evening rides. Whether it is mesmerising views of the pink and yellow swirls in the sunset sky or the warmth of the evening rays- evening bike rides are simply the best! Daylight savings is your new best friend for those who work late and still want to get out and active. It’s relaxing ending to a stressful day or a great way to ride a bike in the Summer sun without the harsh rays which are out during the day.

5. Go for a ride with your kids

Make use of the great weather to get your kids on a bike and riding around this Summer. Organise a weekend ride or go for a ride after school! This way you’re getting your kids off their devices and while spending some quality family time together. Score!

You can even plan to ride with them in Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl (Sunday, March 11) as kids ride absolutely free -

Rail Trails ‘on track’ in NSW

Wednesday 21 February 2018

In Australia, Rail Trails – the conversion of disused railway corridors into shared-use paths for cycling, walking and sometimes horse-riding – are becoming important facets of regional tourism with more than 100 trails across the country ranging in length from 0.5km to over 1000km. The state of Victoria has been a leader in the rails-to-trails movement, which is beginning to take hold in NSW.

In Autumn 2017, the NSW Government announced a $300m boost to regional development through a Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund, aimed at increasing tourist numbers in local areas, driving job creation opportunities and building on other regional investment programs. This is good news for local councils and communities across the state who are interested in developing their own Rail Trail, many of whom have already submitted expressions of interest to the fund.

John Barilaro (Minister for Regional NSW), speaking after the Northern Rivers Rail Trail was approved between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek in February 2018, noted that the State Government is beginning trials of Rail Trails in NSW locations in order to improve economic opportunities throughout the region and build on the Rail Trails program for the future, including:

Bicycle NSW, as an advocacy group representing the voices of over 10,000 members, encourages the move by the NSW State Government to support the development of these important leisure facilities, not only for their benefit in promoting a more active lifestyle, but also for the economic benefit they can bring to local areas.

For example, “an economic impact study of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail, Warburton Rail Trail and East Gippsland Trail in Victoria, Australia found that, on average, for every visitor day at the rail trails, $51.10 of expenditure is injected into the economy (Beeton, 2003)”1, which demonstrates the economic potential of such Rail Trails.

As with any proposed development, there are advocates for and against the Rail Trails project. Rail enthusiasts are keen to maintain the rail corridors in the hopes that the railways will one day return, and proponents for the trails argue that increased activity will bring about economic benefits for the local area. It is important to note that although the rail corridors will be utilized for recreational purposes as Rail Trails, the rail corridor will be safeguarded for a return to use as a rail line, if needed. This is achieved by transferring the land from Transport for NSW-owned land to Crown Land, ensuring that any changes to use would have to be raised through an act of Parliament.

This visual timeline of The Rails to Trails Legacy from The Atlantic’s Citylab demonstrates the strong history and impact the rails-to-trails movement has had in the United States, and continues to have in cities across the world.



List of Rail Trails being proposed across the state, including:

  • Lady Smith to Wagga Wagga (Riverina Highlands/Wagga Rail Trail)
  • Culcairn to Corowa to Wahgunyah
  • Michelago to Cooma (Monaro Rail Trail)
  • Bungendore to Hoskinstown to Captains Flat (Molonglo Rail Trail)
  • Coolac to Gundagai to Tumblong
  • Goulburn to Crookwell
  • Mittagong to Picton
  • Tumut to Batlow
  • Blackheath to Mt Victoria
  • Black Mountain to Ben Lomond (New England Rail Trail)
  • Coolah to Dundedoo
  • Lapstone to Glenbrook
  • Merriwa to Denman (Upper Hunter Country Rail Trail)
  • Newnes to Wolgan Valley
  • Shortland to Kurri Kurri
  • Berry Estate Trail

Top places to stop off in Sydney CBD on a OFO bike!

Getting around Sydney City is no easy task, especially when you’re out to see all the amazing things it has to offer. But no fear, OFO is here! The new bike share company has expanded all across Sydney’s CBD, a perfect alternative to driving, while saving you the hassle of looking after your own bike. Download the app and get riding today.


Here are five amazing places to stop in the CBD on an OFO bike.

The Botanical Gardens 

Indulge in the beauty that is the Royal Botanical Gardens, situated in Circular Quay. There is no shortage of incredible plant life and views of Sydney Harbour when you stop off here. With so many things to do and see within Sydney’s own green oasis, a ride to the Botanic gardens is a good one. It’s a perfect spot for picnics, relaxation or a family day out. Guests are encouraged to walk on the grass and come up close and personal with the wildlife. While you’re there, take a trip to the Calyx, in the Western corner of the garden, which boasts a vast collection of plants and flowers, as well as, the largest green wall in Australia, measuring 6 m high and 50 m in length. There is also a gorgeous cafe for any foodies keen for a delicious coffee in Sydney’s leafy paradise. We advise you to park your OFO bike outside the gardens and explore on foot, to allow you to soak up the scenery. 

Barangaroo Point Reserve 

Sydney comes alive at Barangaroo. Its name originates from a courageous and free-spirited, Indigenous woman of the Cammeraygal Clan during early European settlement. Knowing this, you’ll feel empowered looking across stunning views of the harbour. Reopened after 100 years due to recent redevelopment, a stop off at  Barangaroo Point Reserve is a great place to invigorate your senses. Scattered across the reserve are plants and wildlife that pre-date European settlement, adding a break from city living, which is just across the harbour. Make sure you stop off here for a breath of fresh air and gorgeous views on your next ride.

Hyde Park Barracks 

Home to tens-of-thousands of convicts in the 1800s, Hyde Park Barracks is the epitome of #throwbackthursday. The robust, brick structure, surrounded by the bustling Sydney city, is the perfect place for a OFO bike stop off. Take the rare opportunity of exploring a piece of Sydney’s history, to see where convicts would sleep, live and work, as well as serving a hub of government administration for a short while. Whether it’s just for a glimpse or a thorough tour, the Barracks is an awesome place to visit on an OFO bike.

The Sydney Opera House 

This seems like an obvious one, but Sydney’s Opera House, hands down, is one of the best places to stop off on an OFO bike. Perfectly-placed, arched domes that overlook the glistening harbour- it is a sight to see. Sydneysiders are blessed with access to a unique piece of architecture in our very own city. While you’re there, make sure to park your bike a little while back and take a short walk down to the Opera House, where you can either; book a tour or simply stroll around the magnificent structure and bask in its beauty. Trust us, it’s a view that millions of people across the globe pay a lot of money for.

The Museum of Contemporary Art

A museum is one of those places which you know you SHOULD visit , but never do. The reality is, they are sometimes boring and they aren't everyone's idea of a good time. But, the MCA in Circular Quay will flip all your expectations upside down. With a mix of works which are culturally diverse and technologically influenced, there is something for everyone. Do something different and give the MCA a visit on your next OFO ride.

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Waterview in Bicentennial Park 


Located within Bicentennial Park and surrounded by breathtaking picturesque landscapes, Waterview is the ideal setting to commemorate your special occasion. 
Boasting floor to ceiling windows and a grand outdoor terrace overlooking the parklands, ponds and lakes, Waterview sets the scene for your special event. 
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Safe Riding across Summer

Riding in the Summer is a great way to get outdoors and stay active. But, the summer heat can bring some big risks to your health and safety.

 Here are 5 tips for safe riding this Summer.

Tip # 1 : Sunscreen 


Slip, slop, slap. These three words should be circling in your head before and during every bike ride that you go on. Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to protect your skin from sun damage. Remember, 20 minutes before any ride to apply sunscreen on all exposed areas of your skin. You’ll be thanking yourself later for saving yourself from the pain and peeling.


Tip # 2 : Ride with a friend 


Seems unusual, but is very important! On hot summer days in Australia, heat stroke is very common, especially if you’re out and about on a long bike ride. Riding with a friend is not just fun, but also a good way to ensure that in case of any emergencies, you’ll have someone there.

If none of your friends like cycling- join a Bicycle User Group (BUGS)!

Find all of Bicycles NSW’s affiliated BUGS here

Tip # 3 : Water


What is better than a drink of water after a tiring bike ride? Nothing. So, make sure to pack a big bottle of water on your rides to prevent you from getting dehydrated and to keep your energy levels up. It works just like magic.

 Hint: Not sure where to put your water bottle when on a bike ride? Don’t want to be weighed own by a heavy backpack? Buy a bike cage. These are attached to your bike and hold your water bottle in place.

Tip #4 : Glasses


Cringing at the thought of sun shining directly in your eyes as you ride up a hill? Problem solved. Wear sunglasses! Sunnies aren’t just a fashion statement, but a life saver when it comes to bright sunny days. They provide you with comfort on your summer rides and protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays from the Australian sun.


Tip # 5 : Regular stops 


Stop. Revive. Survive. Yes, this is the slogan reminding people to take a break when on a long drive, but the same applies when on a bike ride. Stopping and stretching is key to keeping concentration on a ride. Over-exerting yourself in the summer heat can bring on heat stroke or dehydration. When planning out your routes, it is ideal to include a rest stop every 32 kilometres, to make sure you’re getting adequate rest.


What to pack when going out for a bike ride

Not sure what to pack when going out for a ride? Don't want to be lugging around a heavy bag?

Here are 10 essential items to bring along when on a bike ride, without weighing you down.

1. Backpack

Our first essential when it comes to a bike ride is to buy a backpack. Buying a durable backpack is key to withstand adverse weather conditions or any damage on your rides, and is especially handy as it is convenient to wear on your back without the worry of attaching fixings to your bike to hold your bag. A tip when purchasing a backpack is to find one with reflective panels to make sure you are visible on the road, and one without long cords which can get caught in your tyres.

2. Waterbottle 

Ensure that you always have a water bottle on hand to avoid dehydration and keep your energy levels up on long or short bike rides. People normally underestimate how draining a bike ride can be, especially on hot, summer days. You can buy a water bottle cage at any bike store, making it easy to attach to your bike to lighten the load of your bag.

3. Sun Protection

Rain, hail or shine, it is important to make sure you are protecting yourself from harmful UV rays. When going on a bike ride, particularly during Summer, lather yourself in sunscreen, pop on a hat and some sunglasses to keep you sun safe.

4. Small first aid kit 

It is always better to be safe than sorry, this is why it is key that you carry a first aid kit every time you ride. A first aid kit is not only for any accidents that you might be in, but if you encounter any injured cyclists, you have a kit at hand. 

5. Insurance 

We never want something to happen to you but that doesn’t mean it won’t. A pile of wet leaves is enough to cause an injury and Bicycle NSW has your back. In simple terms, we cover everything but the bike ( and racing)



6. Energy snacks and Electrolyte drinks 

Who doesn’t love a snack? A snack is important to pack on a long bike to make sure to keep your energy levels up. The best snacks for a bike ride are bananas! Their potassium and carbohydrates are great for fuelling your muscles, as well as a trail mix or some energy bars. Energy drinks, while not ideal, can also help refuel any electrolytes lost in sweat. The bonus with bringing along some snacks is that they don’t take up much room and are quick and easy to eat- they’ll get you back up and riding in no time!

7. Pump or Mini inflator

Carrying a pump in your bag may not seem like a good idea, but these are vital for any long bike ride. A flat tire can happen and you want to be prepared in case it does. A mini bike pump or inflator is small enough to fit in your pocket or it can be attached to your bottle cage with some clips. Quick tip, don’t just pack a pump without knowing how to use it. Search up some YouTube tutorials or go to a bike maintenance workshop.

Bicycles NSW has its own cycling course called Beginner Riding Skills which runs on the first Saturday of each month, which costs $20 for members and $10 for non-members.

Find out more details here.

8. Mobile Phone

Make sure you have a charged mobile phone with you, especially for long bike rides in remote locations. Off-road trails are notorious for accidents, having your mobile phone on you allows you to call emergency services if you are in any trouble. Another bonus of bringing your phone is to take awesome photos of the places you visit on your bike ride, which is quite often when you’re on one of Sydney’s amazing bike routes. 

9. Patch Kit

A patch kit is one of those things that you never think you’ll need it until you do. These are handy for any damage to your bicycle’s tubes which requires a quick fix. Filled with the essentials, a patch kit usually contains adhesive and a couple of patches, to get your puncture repaired for the ride home.However, it is best to replace a punctured bike tube when possible.

10. Headlight

Make yourself noticeable on the road with a headlight! Riding on the road can be a risk, especially at night on low-lit roads, so wear a headlight to ensure that you are seen. Not only this, but a headlight is can help you to see the road at night to avoid any obstacles or rough terrain. These headlights can be attached to your helmet and can be purchased at different strengths, so choose the headlight which suits your needs.

10 Routes across NSW to get your bums out this Summer

The New Year is in full swing! It’s time to get out and riding this summer! Riding on the road can be daunting (and boring) for some, why not explore the beautiful scenery that New South Wales has to offer? Great bike tracks are in abundance in the State, and whether you’re up for something scenic or challenging, New South Wales does not fall short in either of these categories.


Here are 10 amazing (tried and tested) bike routes to inspire you to get your bums out this Summer!

The Bay Run

Nestled in Sydney’s Inner West is one of the most popular Harbourside tracks in Sydney. From Rozelle to Birkenhead point, this 7 km long track is a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians encircling stunning views of Iron Cove. The beauty of the Bay Run is that you are never more than 20km away from the water and it is a completely flat track allowing for easily cycling with beautiful water views. If you’re really in the mood for a workout, there are state-of-the-art fitness facilities scattered along the Bay Run, accommodating for all needs.

Centennial Park

Home of the cyclists, Centennial Park in Sydney’s East is the perfect location for first time cyclists or experienced riders who love the quaint track that is Centennial Parklands. Being one of the most popular tracks in Sydney, it hosts over 700,000 cyclists annually with riders of ages young and old, so you’ll never feel out of place. Enclosed, with 3.7 km of track, and complete with smooth roads has a segregated bike path which allows for smooth and safe cycling. For those who don’t own a bike, no fear, there is bike hire available at the Centennial Park Cycles Centre, or if you’re looking for something a bit more convenient, why not hop on an OFO bike? Download the app on your smartphone, locate a bike and get riding for a low cost, saving you the hassle of having to bring a bike or returning one at the hire centre at a specific time.

Cooks River

Take a bike ride back in time on one of  New South Wales’ little known, yet historic cycling tracks, located in Sydney’s South-West. You will trail a track that’s 23 km of open space, calling for a day out exploring Sydney’s south, from Settler’s Park in Ryde, all the way down to Botany Bay in Kyeemagh. For those weekend where you feel like exploring a little bit of Sydney, the Cook’s River trail is ideal to endure a long ride with great views.

Manly Dam Mountain Track

Smooth, paved bike paths, not your thing? Looking for something a little rougher? If you’re looking for a mountain biking experience, Manly Dam Mountain Track is for you. It is a quick track, only around 10 kilometres, but the difficult terrain, swooping turns and drop offs galore, is sure to be a great experience. Not only is the track one of the most interesting in New South Wales, it is actually the most used off-road trail in Australia, with over 150,000 riders a year and 500 passes distributed per day. For inexperienced riders, this is a great starting point if you wish to try some mountain biking. If you’re interested in hiring a bike for the day, Manly Bike Tours offers bike hire at a low cost.

Prospect Reservoir and Orphan Creek 

We’ve all heard the term, the West is best, and from what we have found, Western Sydneysiders surely have struck gold when it comes to cycle tracks. Prospect Reservoirs closure in 2013 was a sad day for locals as a 13.6 billion upgrade was taking place, but after its re-opening in 2015, the cycleway is as popular as ever. For those who are new or nervous to riding, this is perfect for you, as it is possible to cycle through the Prospect cycle way without crossing a single road. This is also a bonus for parents who want to avoid the stress of children cycling across the road, as the extensive cycle networks are a perfect location for teaching yourself or your child how to ride. Once some confidence is built, you can try the Prospect Canal Reserve, around 10 km long and then loop back to Prospect on the 34 km Parramatta-Liverpool Rail Trail.

Akuna Bay and West Head Loop

Invigorate your senses with a breathtaking ride through the Akuna Bay loop, situated right near Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Regional Park. The beauty of this route is that it will suit anyone of any skill, challenging experienced riders with technical climbs and descents, while inexperienced or casual riders can cruise the track. Akuna Bay Marina is captivating with views of multi-million dollar yachts and an award winning restaurant to fuel up for the rest of the ride. From here, you can take the Coal and Candle Road route towards the West Head lookout including a 3 km climb with a gradient between 6 to 8 percent to really get that adrenaline pumping.

The Three Gorges

Are you up for a cycling challenge? Because you are in for a treat! Those calves will be burning and foreheads dripping with sweat up the tough, 60 km track at The Three Gorges. This track is not for the faint-hearted and is a challenge to even the most experienced of riders, calling for any daredevils who are keen for a challenge. What makes the route so challenging is it’s vertical inclines and hairpin turns, which requires some intense endurance. Luckily, all that hard work does not go unrewarded as at the top of the hill, there are breathtaking views of Hawkesbury River and Ku-Ring-Gai Hills, which leave you with a sweet finish to a killer bike track.

Loftus Loop Trail at The Royal National Park

Get your heart pumping on this 10 km mountain bike trail through Sydney’s stunning Royal National Park. There are a number of linking loops throughout the trail which range from around 15 minutes to 4 hours. Along the trail you will encounter a range of different terrain as it changes from wide, flat trails to steep, single track trails, keeping you challenged by what the trail has to offer.

Ettalong to Umina Beach

Beach bums, this one’s for you. A route sprinkled with some refreshing sea salt, the Ettalong to Umina Beach ride is sure to be enjoyable. The 7.5 km ride is packed with adventure, so why not make a day of it? Bring your swimmers along for a refreshing swim on a break and enjoy the beachside cafes that the central coast has to offer. This is a fairly easy route which can be spiced up for your tastes, and instead, you can try the Putt Putt to Putty Road track, which offers a 13 km on road route speckled with beautiful beaches and views, either track provides a great ride.

Dubbo Tracker Riley Cycle Path

What better way to experience the Macquarie River Foreshore than on the Tracker Riley Cycle Path in Dubbo? There are two river based loops that can be taken; a 13 km route which follows from Serisier Bridge to Tamworth Street Footbridge or Tamworth Street Bridge to Dundullimal Reserve which passes Taronga Western Plains Zoo, adding an interesting bonus to your trip. The sealed and relatively flat cycleway allows for smooth cycling inviting bike riders of all abilities and ages. If you’re ever in Dubbo, make sure that you give the Tracker Cycleway a go, you will not be disappointed!

5 Tips to Get riding this Summer

Summer is here! The time to hop on a bike has never been more perfect. These five tips are exactly what you need to get out and riding this summer! #bummer #bicyclenswsummer

Take a cycling class or workshop

A lot of people are scared to hop on a bike because they do not know to ride one or have not ridden one in years. Good news! Even if you have never been subject to training wheels and a couple of knee scrapes when you were younger, it is still not too late to learn ( just maybe without the training wheels and knee scrapes). Across Sydney, bicycle user groups (BUGS)  and organisations provide cycling classes inexperienced riders. These courses cater for a range of riding abilities, tailored specifically to adults, which aim to make you feel comfortable to get on a bike and help to build your confidence to ride on the roads. These judgement free courses are offered by a number of cycling companies throughout summer.

Bicycles NSW has its own cycling course called Beginner Riding Skills which runs on the first Saturday of each month, which costs $20 for members and $10 for non-members.

Find out more details here.

Make use of bike shares

No bike? No worries! The launch of dockless bikes in Australia has allowed for anyone to ride a bike at a low cost. OFO bikes have been scattered around every Sydney corner in the last couple of months ready for someone to hop on and go for a ride. Whether you’re up for some cardio during your lunch break, want to ditch the stress of public transport, or simply just to get fit without monetary investment, these bike shares are fantastic. Not only are they cheap and easily accessible, but you can attain one through an app on your phone. All you have to do is create an account, locate a bike using GPS, ride and park, while having all the information on how to use the bikes at your fingertips. OFO is exactly what you need this Summer for convenient bike riding without the stress or hassle of purchasing your own or using public transport.

Find out about OFO here.

Ride with a friend

Want to be fit and active? But find it difficult to motivate yourself to ride a bike? Try riding with a friend. Many people don’t hop on a bike because they might feel lonely or nervous riding on their own. Having a friend by your side will help you stay fit and active while having some fun as well.

Failed fitness-related New Year’s resolutions comes down to a lack of motivation, there is no better way to get motivated than to find a friend to ride with. No one likes letting a friend down, and by having a riding partner you will be second guessing your excuses not to go for a ride. This is the perfect opportunity to give you an incentive to ride this summer, ensuring that you will get active while you have fun.

Grab a mate and go for a leisurely ride.

Choose the right bike for you

Our Bicycle NSW members get exclusive discounts at the following stores;

  • Park Bikes, Sydney Olympic Park offer 10% off bike servicing, accessories and bikes.
  • Ashfield Cycles offer 5% off bike servicing, accessories and bikes.
  • Wheely Convenient 5% off bike servicing.
  • Bossi Bicycles offer 10% off accessories.
  • NIXEYCYCLES offer 5% off bike servicing, accessories and bikes.
  • Tune Cycles offer 5% off bike servicing.
  • Mokeysee offer 15% off accessories.

There are loads of bikes on the market. Find the one that suits your purpose. Whether it’s to suit your aesthetic, to help you carry a load or for speed and efficiency. People don’t often realise the different types of bikes there are on the market, each with their own features suited for the specific terrain or use. When buying a bike online, doing some research beforehand is key to understanding what you can purchase within your budget while choosing a bike which suits your needs.

There are numerous websites with handbooks for purchasing a bike for beginner riders such as here, which guides you on choosing a bike for different needs. If, however, you’re not familiar with bicycle jargon and need some assistance, most bicycle stores will help you in choosing the right bike and will fit the bike to your body size to ensure better performance and comfort.

Join a riding group

It is not always easy to find a friend to ride a bike with. Why don’t you join a riding group instead? Bicycles NSW offers a programme called Bicycle User Groups or BUGS which are local groups who cycle together. They are spread all across Sydney, running regular bike rides for their members and advocate for cycling changing in their community. Locations of these groups include; BIKEast in the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Cycling Sisters advocating for women’s cycling confidence in the Western suburbs and Central Coast BUG in Northern New South Wales- just to name a few. So, if in doubt, join one of the numerous BUGS across Sydney to get you socialising and motivated to get riding this summer.

Find all of Bicycles NSW’s affiliated BUGS here

Bummer – Bums out this Summer!

The 2017 National Cycling Participation Survey has indicated that just 12.5% of NSW residents ride a bike each week - the lowest in Australia. Bicycle NSW want to see bicycle riding become a mainstream activity for all - so we are calling you to get your bums out this summer!

What is Bummer?

'Bummer - Bums out this Summer' is our call to action. We want to see more people on their bikes, and we need YOU to hop on your wheels and be a part of this! The best way to get more people riding is by getting more people riding!

Bike riding in Sydney is lower than the national average, ultimately indicative of state wide trends. There are many reasons that contribute to the drop in cycling numbers, including

  • Increased fines for cycling offences
  • Lower confidence to cycle on congested roads. 
  • A lack of action taken toward breaches of the Minimum Passing Distance
  • Removal of key cycleways
  • Slow delivery of a connective bicycle network of cycleways and routes

We are continuing to work with government and other authoritative bodies on these issues, and we need YOUR help. By having more people out on their bicycles, these bodies are more likely to take action and deliver a better environment for cycling. 

How can you take part?

All you have to do is hop on your bikes and show us how much fun you are having! Below there are links which will allow you to learn more about Bummer, including the rides you can go on, our ambassador and our  competition! 

Our Hero image competition is all about having riders show us where they have been riding across the summer! All who enter the competition go into the draw to WIN an awesome prize pack - see the link below for more information. 

Are you insured if you fall off your bike?

A Bicycle NSW membership ensures you are covered every time you cycle on two wheels. So if you are distracted, lose control or the victim of someone else's misjudgement, you can rest easy knowing that you will be assisted on the road to recovery. 

Our global riding insurance costs as little as $2 per week. That's right - you are just one small gold coin per week away from enjoying comprehensive coverage when you cycle anywhere in the world. 

Are you insured if you fall off your bike? Join the Bicycle NSW community today.