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Sydney Cycling Sisters Gear Up for their next challenge!

Bike riders at the Gear Up Girl start line. On Sunday 12 March hundreds of women and girls will be rolling their way down to Cronulla Beach along some of Sydney’s most scenic, separated cycle paths for the annual Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl.

Bicycle NSW Event and Sponsorship Director, Jane Robertson said Sydney’s iconic women’s bike ride has three rides, a 20km, 40km and 60km, to cater for all women and girls. “You don’t need a fancy bike and Lycra to ride Gear Up Girl – it is not a race!

“This year the event will be aiming to set the record for the world’s largest community women’s bike ride. It is a fantastic day out for all women and girls to have fun and celebrate being women,” Ms Robertson said.

Cycling Sisters Represent!

One of the largest groups participating in this year’s event will be the Sydney Cycling Sisters.  The group is dedicated to providing an environment for women get together for regular rides around Sydney in a safe and supportive environment. Ms Cindy Rahal, group founder said the group is made up of a good mix of people.

“Last week we had an older lady come along with us which got me thinking about setting up a group for seniors. We have a lot of mums who regularly attend because they like going out early and getting their exercise before their kids are awake. We also get a smaller group of uni students and a few kids who come along with their mums. For example, my daughter participates.

“We don’t let public perception be a barrier for us to enjoy leisure activities.  There is a demand amongst women in our community which has seen us expand into Melbourne and one of our members has started Swim Sisters for Muslim women who enjoy swimming in their burkinis,” Ms Rahal said.

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Ms Rahal started the group in April 2015, after a career change took her back to university to study her Masters in Occupational Therapy. “I grew up in a house full of brothers and cousins. I always loved to ride growing up.” Ms Rahal said.

During her studies, Ms Rahal was examining different leisure activities and the barriers in place that prevent people from participating in certain activities.

Ms Rahal said the group were looking forward to riding their second Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl this year. “Last year, we found that riding with just other women was much more relaxed. At the end, it was so serene compared to all that testosterone, because it’s not all about being the fastest or climbing the steepest hill,” she explained.

An event with Heart!

Gear Up Girl riders with a costumed heart character.Heart Foundation NSW Chief Executive, Ms Kerry Doyle said the Heart Foundation was pleased to support Gear Up Girl again this year to encourage women and girls to get on their bikes in a safe, social and non-competitive environment.

“Helmet hair, getting sweaty and a fear of getting your dress caught in a bicycle chain are all reasonable concerns – but the health benefits to being physically active far outweigh the negatives.

“We want to see more women choosing bike riding as a fun and easy way to get more physical activity into their day,” Ms Doyle said.

To register your team for the Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl ride, go to www.gearupgirl.com.au

If you want to connect with the Sydney Cycling Sisters, you can find them on Facebook.

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A Response to Deputy Mayor, Cr Phelps

Bike riders enjoying the sun
Late yesterday, we were disappointed to see esteemed medical practitioner and recently elected Councillor and Deputy Mayor at the City of Sydney, Dr Kerryn Phelps, make comments in the media regarding a scheme to “require all cyclists to sit a compulsory test, carry a licence and have insurance.”

 

While a Bicycle NSW membership offers the best available personal accident and third party public liability insurance for bike riders and encourages everyone who rides to join, we cannot believe the discussion of mandatory ID and licencing continues to arise, in spite of our work with the NSW Government in 2016 to demonstrate the idea did not have merit.

 

Bicycle NSW continues to advocate for a better environment for bike riders and works towards the goal of increasing the number of people riding bikes of all ages, skill levels and life circumstances across NSW and Australia. By increasing bike riding participation, the issues of traffic congestion, mental health and obesity within our society can begin to be tackled more effectively.

 

Introducing tests, licensing and registration for bicycles is unnecessary, impractical and obstructs people from choosing a bike for their mode of transport. How would any government test and licence a child, for example? Bicycle NSW recently demonstrated, to the former NSW State Minister for Roads and Maritime Services Duncan Gay, through a survey of almost 4,000 riders that compulsory identification for bike riders was not necessary, nor improved the safety for cyclists on the roads and therefore should not be implemented. The then Minister agreed and rolled back the proposed legislation, instead opting to recommend that bike riders carry some form of ID and emergency contact information.

 

Bike riders on a pathPerhaps Dr Phelps has not read our 2016 Bike Riders Survey results which demonstrated that 92% of respondents hold a Full Drivers Licence, 86% own a registered vehicle and 93% carry some form of ID when out riding a bike. These results would suggest the Dr Phelps’ assertion that “People don’t know what the rules are a lot of the time because they don’t have to pass any test to get on a bike…” are not founded in fact but instead based on opinion which has not had the benefit of broader exposure to the bike riding community. The City of Sydney’s own bike riding training delivered at Sydney Park is an excellent example of Government delivered capacity building and education programs for bike riders who want to improve their bike riding knowledge and skills and better share the road with other road users.

 

Instead, Bicycle NSW advocates for better education for all road users, through robust campaigns and engagement programs where bike riders are made aware of how the road rules effect them, but also for drivers and pedestrians to better understand their responsibilities when sharing the roads and paths with cyclists. Bicycle NSW applauds the great work and strong leadership demonstrated by Clover Moore and the City of Sydney and regularly recommends their SydneyCycleways Resources to it’s members and supporters as well as supporting key infrastructure developments and behavioural change projects like the Sydney Rides Challenge.

 

We invite Dr Phelps to reconsider her proposed scheme and instead look to how the Local and State Governments can better work together to deliver integrated biking networks and routes across the broader city and a matched, thorough education campaign to ensure all road users understand their rights and responsibilities and to finally put this “war between drivers and cyclists” to rest. We look forward to hearing from Dr Phelps to further discuss the work we do and the greater benefit bike riding offers to the community.

 

For further commentary on the previous proposals and how they would affect bike riding and the wider community, the following news articles discuss the issues:
Photos ID and Fines Campaign – Bicycle NSW Advocacy Campaign
18 reasons why registering bicycles is a bad idea – by Michael O’Reilly, Executive Style
Fewer People are cycling in Sydney – by Steven Herrick, The Guardian

 

To help us protect more bike riders and create a better environment for cycling through advocacy and community building, please join any Bicycle NSW membership today. 
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Registration open. Ride #gearupgirl on Sunday 12th March 2017

Set the Record and help get more women riding!

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A woman on a bike on a bicycle path
Gear Up Girl riders at the finish line

Our 2016 Bike Riders Survey demonstrated the gender divide is alive and well on two wheels. With a significant lack of coverage of Women’s Cycling in the media, it’s no surprise to see that less than 1 in 3 bike riders are female.

Bicycle NSW knows that 60% of the population would like to ride more but face numerous barriers to actually getting out on two wheels. Research shows that for women, these barriers can include:

  • not having anyone to ride with
  • not feeling safe on the road
  • not feeling fit or experienced enough to ride distances
  • not wanting to join a club or wear lycra

So over the last 9 years Bicycle NSW has been building our Gear Up Girl, ladies bike riding event, with the aim and purpose of encouraging and supporting more women to choose bike riding. Since its inception, Gear Up Girl has grown in size to now include 3 distances making riding achievable for all levels of bike riding skill and experience. Gear Up Girl has even spread to South Australia with BikeSA, our sister organisation, running their event for 7 years. This year Bicycle NSW is proud to expand the Gear Up Girl event even further and welcomes a new satellite event on the Central Coast.

Our women’s bike riding initiative is all about giving women the opportunity to experience the fun of riding and the strong sense of community and support they can receive from each other while, reaping the benefits of a bike.

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Gear Up Girl riders with a heart costume character

How does Gear Up Girl break down the barriers to cycling for women?

Ride with friends!

Gear Up Girl is a fun and social ride, not a race. We’re encouraging every riding lady to bring a friend and introduce them to the joys of riding. Gear Up Girls can set up their own team and get the girls from work, the gym, mothers group, your neighbourhood, or any of your friends together to ride, chat, experience the beautiful bayside ride and festival finish!

Everyone who participates gets a limited edition Gear Up Girl medal to mark their achievement and we are hoping to set the world record - not bad for a Sunday ride! And remember - Kids Ride Free!

No Traffic on the 20km Route

Our Ride routes are up to 95% off road, utilising the great bicycle paths, shared paths and bike routes through the Inner West, St George and Sutherland areas. Our 20km Beach Ride has no riding in traffic! Feel safe riding with friends and like minded ladies - be loud and proud riding together.

Experienced riders can stretch their legs and support a friend! We encourage all those experienced riding ladies to bring a girlfriend and ride with them for the 40km or 60km rides - help show them how easy it can be and maybe they’ll come riding with you more often!


Plus, we have a range of Workshops
 where women can learn basic bike maintenance  and we have opportunities to brush up on basic riding skills to develop confidence before the big day!

Get Ride Ready - the easy way

We’ve developed a 6 week training guide for each distance, for anyone wanting to take part in Gear Up Girl. Even if you only train a little bit beforehand, all 3 rides are predominantly flat and achievable for those trying out riding distances for the first time in a while.

We provide rest breaks along the way and knowing there’s no race pressure means you’ll enjoy the ride much more!

Ride your way

Bicycle NSW has a network of Bicycle User Groups (BUG) who lead social and recreational riding groups on rides for all levels of experience across the State every week. We invite all bike riders to visit their local BUG and find some friendly locals to ride with. This year, Central Coast BUG are delivering their own Gear up Girl event for those who can't make it to the Sydney event.

Gear Up Girl is a social ride with no pressure to perform. We have seen every fashion statement from wings and tutus to dresses, casual wear, active wear and cycling kits - like the Australian made Gear Up Girl Jersey! Perhaps you and your team of girlfriends would like to set your own dress code for your Gear Up Girl ride?!

Register Now!

Set the Record!

Look after your heart health and ride in Gear up Girl March 12

Gear Up Girl Participants are also encouraged to raise vital funds for The Heart Foundation!

Did you know...

  • Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women. Three times as many women die of heart disease than they do of breast cancer.
  • Bike riding is not only good for your heart health. It can be a transport option as well as being a fun recreational activity enjoyed on your own or with family and friends.
  • Studies show that people who ride daily live significantly longer than those who don’t. In fact, some research shows that the simple act of riding to work can lower the risk of early death by 40%.
  • Increasing physical inactivity has impacted on the average weight of Australian women which has increased from 67kg in 1995 to 74.1kg in 2012. Cycling is one way of improving our daily exercise.
  • 90% of Australian women have one risk factor for heart disease and 50% have two or three. Being more physically active is one way to reduce your risk.
  • Among young adult women obesity rates have increased from 4% to 17% since 1989.
  • Only 57% of young adult women are sufficiently active for good health achieving more than 150 minutes of activity in the last week.

 

Still not sure?

Read about everyday women taking on Gear Up Girl, sharing with us their stories for #WhyIRide.

So join us and help make history - let’s get more women riding with us this Gear Up Girl, set the record and create a better environment for cycling, together!

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Media Statement Re: Clr Simon Menzies’ call to ban cyclists on Military and Spit Roads

A map of Bicycle routesRecently, Bicycle NSW was approached by the Mosman Daily to give a statement in response to Clr Simon Menzies’ call to Mosman Council to ban cyclists from Military Road and Spit Road corridor during peak hour for reasons of cyclist safety and improved traffic flow. We were advised that “He believes this is reasonable because an alternate purpose-built cycle route is available to use and he said it’s currently under-utilised” which we understand to refer to the Beauty Point Route.

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Cook Cove Precinct DA call for submissions

Affiliated Bicycle User Group, BIKEast, have made a submission regarding the Cook Cove Precinct DA, and Bicycle NSW will look to make a submission as well. All Bicycle NSW members and supporters are encouraged to review and make a submission should they see fit. BIKEast points out  the proposal is of state, not just regional, significance for the cycleway through the Cook Cove area of Arncliffe.

Cook Cove Inlet Pty Ltd on behalf of Kogarah Golf Club has submitted a Development Application (DA) to Bayside Council for site remediation, environmental improvements, public domain enhancements and a new golf course known as the Southern Precinct.

As part of the proposal, Cook Cove Inlet will deliver 1.4km of new and improved shared pedestrian / cycle pathways along the Cooks River, completing a missing regional cycling link. The project will also provide a new pedestrian bridge across Muddy Creek connecting Arncliffe with Kyeemagh.

Cook Cove Inlet are also in the process of developing a Masterplan for the Northern Precinct of Cook Cove, which includes plans to connect new north south cycling links with the Southern Precinct. When complete, the Cook Cove project will create a continuous pedestrian and cycle network along Cooks River foreshore, providing regional access to the Sydney CBD, Taren Point, Homebush Bay and to the future Inner-West Greenway.

If Bicycle NSW members would like to view the plans they can visit Bayside Council’s website. Members can also make a submission in support of the proposed designs by writing directly to Bayside Council – the public exhibition period has been extended and now closes on Friday 10th February 2017. To make a submission use the details below:

Bayside Council

Submission on DA-2017/179 – Cook Cove Southern Precinct

Attention: Marta M Gonzalez-Valdes, Coordinator Major Assessment Team
By mail: PO Box 21, Rockdale NSW 2216

 

For more information about the Cook Cove project, please visit the website www.cookcoveprecinct.com.au or email info@cookcoveprecinct.com.au.
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Do Australia Day By Bike!

Australia Day is right around the corner and there’s no better way to enjoy the public holiday than by getting out and about on your bike! We’ve compiled some of the best ways to get involved and celebrate the best things you can do on a bike in NSW!

If you want to take in some history…

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Parramatta Heritage Rides (a part of our CAMWest BUG) are running 3x 90-minute bicycle tours for free on Australia Day, with each showcasing different elements of Parramatta’s diverse history. The first one goes at 11am with a specific focus on the farmlands of the first settlers. The second ride will depart at 1pm, touring sites that hold a significance to the local indigenous communities. The final ride will begin at 3pm and will take riders all around Parramatta’s most well known historical sites. Places are limited so book now to make sure you get in!
Bike Liverpool, one of our great Bicycle User Groups, is running an awesome Australia Day Heritage Ride on the 26th. They’ll be going from Liverpool Train Station at 9am on an easy ride past Brickmaker’s Creek, the Crossroads Pub and Cowpastures and promise interesting and informative commentary about the history of the area. If you’re interested, contact Matt on 0424093940.

If you don’t know where to go…

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What prevents a lot of people from riding is just not being sure of where they can ride! Local councils offer up maps of cycleways and bike-friendly areas in your neighbourhood, making it even easier to plan out your Australia Day ride.
Check out your local Council’s Australia Day activities and see whether they have Bike Parking available for you and your bike crew!
Some of our favourite spots to ride around the Sydney area that you should be checking out this Australia Day include:

  • Cooks River Cycleway – easily one of the most popular shared paths in Sydney, this 23km stretch is fantastic for family trips around the inner South West. Start from Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood and cycle along to river through Beaman Park, Canterbury Park and up to Punchbowl Rd.
  • The Spit to Manly Beach – take in some stunning waterfront vistas on this 19km ride that will challenge you with a climb up Battle Boulevard, through Balgowlah and ending with a fresh dip at Queenscliff Beach. Perfect!
  • Centennial Parklands – perhaps the most cycle-friendly spot in NSW with over 750,000 cyclists visiting every year, there’s no better location to take the family with shared cycleways for beginners and more experienced riders and cycle-hire running 7 days a week.

If you want to be social…

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All throughout the state are Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) made up of people keen to socialise and go for a good ride.
Some inter-state social rides for Australia Day weekend include Shoalhaven BUG’s Saturday Morning Meander for those who want a easier ride, Central Coast BUG’s Terrigal – Norah Head Return ride for those who want to push themselves a bit harder and the Coffs BUG’s Sunday morning ride from Coramba to Nana Glen.
Our PushOn Calendar has a comprehensive list of all the rides coming up around the Australia Day weekend and into the future, so head there to find and contact a group of like-minded riders in your area.

If you want to keep it chill…

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If you’ve already sorted what your Australia Day plans are, that’s fantastic! Maybe you’re heading to the beach, or to the park for a BBQ, or to a mate’s to listen to the Hottest 100. Why not jump on your bike to get there? The perfect way to start off a very chill day is to take a ride and appreciate all the natural beauty of Australia in the summertime.

If you don’t own a bike…

..why should that stop you? Bike rental places are set up everywhere that offer cheap rates for people to take out a bike. Here is a list of the great bike rentals spots around the city of Sydney.
Check out our friends in Newcastle, at newly launched bike share scheme Bykko who offer awesome bike hire deals from $1.40 per hour for a 24 hour hire. All you need is a credit card to take a bike out for a lovely Australia Day with friends or family. Self-serve stations are located in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Sydney.

 

Make your summer a BikeSummer!

Don’t forget to snap a few pics of you and your friends or family out riding, share them on Facebook or Instagram, hashtag #BikeSummer and tag us @BicycleNSW to show off how great your Australia Day ride is!

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Bicycle Lanes Cycleway, Shared Paths & Bicycle Routes: Navigating the Differences

Last week a number of riders were fined for “Not using Bicycle Lane” at the corner of Liverpool and Pitt Streets in Sydney. While there is a cycleway it is NOT a designated Bicycle Lane according to Rule 153 of the NSW Road Rules.

Here is the intersection below:

A CBD intersection

To be precise, the actual definition of a bicycle lane according to NSW Road Rules, Rule 153 is defined as “a marked lane, or the part of a marked lane:
beginning at a bicycle lane sign applying to the lane, and
ending at the nearest of the following:

(i) an end bicycle lane sign applying to the lane,
(ii) an intersection (unless the lane is at the unbroken side of the continuing road at a T-intersection or continued across the intersection by broken lines),
(iii) if the road ends at a dead end-the end of the road.

This is the important signage where you must obey if you are cycling on the roads:

As the NSW Road Rules, Rule 247 (Riding in a bicycle lane on a road) states, “the rider of a bicycle riding on a length of road with a bicycle lane designed for bicycles travelling in the same direction as the rider must ride in the bicycle lane unless it is impracticable to do so.” In all situations, all bicycle riders MUST use the bicycle lanes provided if they see the signage and are travelling on roads, whenever practical.

With that being said, there is a slight difference to that of a separate cycleway.

Although the term “cycleway” is a term that is not part of the regulations, the definition of a separated cycleway in Sydney’s CBD is referred to sections of roads/paths where cyclists and pedestrians are allocated separate areas of use. They are also considered as ‘bicycle paths’. The only exception to this is Rule 51, which prohibits cyclists crossing the bridge on roads, but this only applies to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The other type of “cycleway” is a “shared path”. According to Rule 242, these shared paths are separate areas where space is shared between cyclists and pedestrians with the separation, which is found on the bicycle path.

Cycleway stencils on share pathShared path images from a Sydney Cyclist forum post.

As shown in the picture above, the symbols do not show or designate either a bicycle lane or bicycle path and this is considered as a “bicycle route”. As part of the bicycle NSW guidelines, a bicycle route is defined as:
“Bicycle route – any marked route which forms part of a bicycle network. The route may utilise different types of bicycle facilities and may be on-road (bicycle lanes and bicycle shoulder lanes), or off-road (bicycle paths, separated paths and shared paths) in the road related area paralleling roads or, through parks and reserves.”
Basically, a bicycle route is simply a recommended route for cyclists to follow but it includes the use of regular roads. “When the bicycle symbol is painted on the road, be it in the centre of the lane or the shoulder, and neither a bicycle lane or bicycle path regulatory sign is present, the road is for all intents and purposes no different to any other road a cyclist may choose to ride on” says Rob Berry, General Manager of BikeWise.

As seen at the start of the intersection of Liverpool St, there is clearly no signage of a “bicycle lane” so this is considered to be as a “cycleway.”

CBD intersection

 

 

Bicycle NSW has been contacted by a number of individuals affected by this and have made a request to NSW Police that:

  1. All “Not ride in a Bicycle Lane” offences issued on 19 January, 2017 be withdrawn as soon as possible.
  2. All officers be made aware of the difference between a cycleway and a legally designated Bicycle Lane.

A huge benefit of being a Bicycle NSW member is that we provide you with free legal consultation with Veritas Law Firm when it comes to these sorts of issues. Veritas Law Firm are highly experienced and will help any cyclists that are in need of legal advice regardless of their financial situation.

A great article written by Michael O’Reilly explains the reasons bike riders sometimes avoid their lanes.

 

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You can make BikeSummer a Reality!

City Rider at dusk

Recent data shows that bike riding participation in the Sydney CBD has dropped to 2014 levels, a development Bicycle NSW is concerned is indicative of trends NSW wide. So we’re calling on all people who are capable of riding a bike, to join us and make this summer a BikeSummer!


But what is a BikeSummer?

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Trends

In any area of interest, there are trends that build until they are the hot topic, the trend everyone is talking about, reading about, doing or wearing. Remember when Kale was THE superfood that every blogger and TV host was talking about? Or the emergence of the hipster trend and the surge in men growing a beard? Every trend has it’s ‘summer’ when everyone is doing it, talking about it, and it becomes a normal part of society – everyone knows about it or does it.

Drop in participation

The Cycling Strategy Manager at the City of Sydney made a presentation in late 2014, showing the trends in bike riding participation. Every time a new cycleway in the LGA opened, riding participation experienced a significant increase and then stabilised through until the next cycleway opened, making bike riding accessible and appealing to more people. With participation steadily increasing, she supposed that a Bike Summer was on it’s way. However, since then, for the first time in five years, Sydney has experienced a decrease in cycling participation.

Causes of the decrease

The drop has been blamed on increased fines for cycling offences, the increase in Police activity targeting bike riders, the removal of key dedicated cycleways and the slowed delivery of an integrated citywide bicycle network of cycleways and routes. If the largest city in Australia can’t maintain steady growth in bike riding participation and infrastructure installation, what hope does the rest of the State or Country have in making cycling a priority?

Survey results

The Bicycle NSW 2016 Bike Riders Survey showed that more than 80% of people ride a bike for fun or exercise. More than half used a bike as part or all of their transport to their workplace, and just under half used a bike as a utility or active transport solution to run errands and travel to locations other than work. More than 75% of Bicycle NSW members reside within the Sydney catchment area.

So we’ve decided to take matter in to our own hands and make this summer, BikeSummer!

Why is BikeSummer important?

Cyclists and Look both ways intersectionBecause the more people we can demonstrate are riding bikes, the more positive attention we can have focused on infrastructure and the more influence we can have over how our towns, cities and State are developed to encourage more people to choose a bike for transport. We have seen an alarming number of reports recently about driver aggression endangering cyclists lives and intimidating bike riders through road rage style actions. The negative focus on bike riding in the media and the slowed delivery of infrastructure has nurtured an attitude in non-cyclists that is dangerous for everyone on the roads. Unfortunately, poor education and lack of awareness of cycling rights on our roads and poor driver decisions has even recently lead to death.

More bikes, less traffic

More bike riders equals more cycleways, more bike lanes, more space for riding on our roads and more support for cycling. 60% of people are interested in riding but are concerned about safety – better infrastructure can help get these people out and enjoying a bike too! More people on bikes means less in cars and a decrease in traffic congestion.


So how can you make this summer a BikeSummer?

Bike riders enjoy the sun in a parkSimple, get out on two wheels! That’s right, by simply being out on your bike, you’re helping make bike riding more visible and common, and the effect you’ll have is to encourage more people to get out and ride.

But there are even better ways to make a real impact this BikeSummer:

1 – Show Off Your Bike Love!

Get out on your bike, take your friends, family, riding group, coworkers, anyone and grab some photos and videos of you all out enjoying your favourite summer locations by bike. Post them to social media using the hashtag #bikesummer and tag @bicyclensw for your chance to win some great prizes!

2 – Join Us!

Bicycle NSW is the peak advocacy body for bike riding in NSW and we can do more to create a better environment for cycling when we have more members join us as financial members. Membership offers you the best bike riding insurance available and covers you for personal accident and third party damage or injury when you ride anywhere in the world!

Plus, when you join, you’re adding your voice to ours when we advocate to the Government for better infrastructure and bike riding conditions. And to celebrate BikeSummer, we are offering all new and renewing members 2 months free!

Simply join Bicycle NSW with any membership and use the code BIKESUMMER at the checkout to have 2 months worth of membership fee taken off!

3 – Ride With Us!

No matter where you are in the world, you can get on your bike and ride with us in our 4 week virtual cycle challenge. Every km counts and helps show just how many people ride bikes for fun, fitness or transport! Mark 30 Jan – 26 Feb in your diaries, tell your friends, and prepare to ride as much as you can during the 4 week competition for your chance to win!

Make your summer a BikeSummer

Join now. Bicycle NSW representing riders for 40 years.

 

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5 Ways A Bicycle Will Improve Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year, New You

2017 has finally arrived but you may already be struggling with those dream resolutions you’ve made. It’s a big ask to suddenly give up carbs or treat your body as a temple and most people don’t really know where to start. Luckily, we have a couple ideas to keep you committed to some of the more common New Year’s Resolutions with the help of a bicycle.

Resolution 1 – Lose Weight

A woman enjoying a bike ride

The cardinal new year’s goal for most people is to lose a bit of weight and to get your body into shape. Gym memberships are frequently purchased around the start of the year and then quickly neglected. Cycling is a easy way to fit a fun form of free exercise into your daily routine. It works all your major muscle groups, improves your stamina and can be as intense you make it. Even just going for one long weekend ride can make a huge impact on your long-term health. Summer is the perfect time of year to starting being out in the sunshine working up a sweat on your bike.

TIP: Already workout? Why not ride to and from your Gym or PT session for a great warm up and cool down benefit, and the most fun way to get to your workout!

Resolution 2 – Spend more time with family and friends

A happy bunch of riders going uphill

Finding quality time to socialise with people can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule. If you’re aiming to make more time for people over the new year, getting a friend out on the bike can be a great way to branch out and spend some quality time riding and adventuring out on some of NSW’s most scenic cycleways. If you’re struggling to find mates who want to cycle, don’t worry! All throughout NSW are Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) filled with eager and active riders of all varieties who ride socially and always welcome new members.

TIP: Being a new rider can be daunting, try some great shared paths and cycle areas away from the roads to help get your friend’s confidence up!

Resolution 3 – Stop wasting time/ procrastinating! Or, build a routine…

A coffee and sandwich with an electric bike

The hardest part of a new year’s resolution is keeping your momentum going for the whole year. We can all struggle to stick with our goals. A great way to stick to cycling is by making it a part of your daily commute to or from work and working it into your everyday activities. Book in a weekly ride with friends or your local BUG so that they can drag you out on your bike and keep you on track for your new year’s goals. Our Push On Rides Calendar lists all the upcoming social rides happening across NSW.

TIP: To far to ride all the way to work? Then try riding just a bit of it and park your bike somewhere safe while you catch Public Transport the rest of the way!

Resolution 4 – Achieve something great – Try signing up for an event

Gear Up Girl riders cross the finish line

Many new year’s resolutions involve setting yourself a goal and then working to achieve it. But along the way, you can often find yourself reframing the goals by pushing back dates or making allowances for yourself. Sign up for an upcoming ride throughout the year so you can set yourself a challenge and give yourself opportunities to succeed. Push yourself to be up front with the riders in lycra, or take it at your own pace with some friends. If you want to get involved, Gear Up Girl is right around the corner and is on pace to be the world’s largest women’s community bike ride. If you think you’ll need a bit more time to get ready, Spring Cycle runs later in the year and offers you the only opportunity to ride on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, traffic free!

TIP: Bicycle NSW members get great discounts to cycling events all year round AND give you the peace of mind with the best worldwide comprehensive bike riders insurance!Join during our BikeSummer campaign to get 2 months membership free!

Resolution 5 – Learn something new, like how to take care of your bike

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So many resolutions are about learning to take better care of yourself mentally, physically, spiritually. But too often bike riders forget the little things, like taking proper care of their equipment. If you’re all about giving yourself some love this year, take a few minutes out of your day to give your bike some love too. Bicycle NSW is affiliated with an amazing group of bike shops that not only distribute the highest quality products but also offer discounted workshops for members on how to maintain your bike. Register today!

TIP: Spending time on learning a new skill and fixing your own bike is great for your mental health and your wallet!

No matter what your New Year’s Resolutions are, Bicycle NSW is here to help get more people riding bikes and create a better environment for cycling. You can join as a member and help us achieve these goals! Join in January or February using code BikeSummer to get 2 months off your joining fee.

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Meet the Member – Laura Cunningham – #whyiride

Laura Cunningham on her bikeName: Laura Cunningham

Age: age is just a number

Lives: Mosman NSW

Bicycle NSW Member since: 2010

How often do you ride? Three to four times a week on average

Tell us about why you ride a bike? Do you ride with a group, with friends, on your own?
I ride for fitness and friendship, and a bit of adventure on the side. I also have a mountain bike. I have a wonderful cycle group composed of women all over 60 and we laughingly call ourselves the Cycling Goddesses. I also try to ride with Bike North at least once or twice a week, and have travelled to Victoria, SA, Alice Springs and New Zealand to ride their fabulous rail trails. I’ve also hired bikes in California, Italy, France, Poland and Mexico and even at Uluru, which makes discovering new places so much more fun. I’d like to cycle in Cuba next year.

What is the best thing about your Bicycle NSW membership?
Being covered by insurance is important to me. And I like the fact that Bicycle NSW is constantly advocating for improvements for cyclists in NSW. It’s nice to have a collective voice.

Can you share with us a time you have used your membership? Eg bike rider’s insurance, legal assistance, retail discounts, come to our events?
I have enjoyed the annual spring cycle event and hope to take place in the Gear up Girl event next year as I’ve been away every year until now!

What would you say to someone who is considering getting back on the bike or taking up bike riding?
Cycling is such a great way to get around; it allows you to soak up so much of the sights and sounds of a place. And there’s the added bonus of a bit of fitness. My husband and I had fold up bikes we carried around in a light aeroplane so I’ve cycled in many towns around Australia, and enjoyed every moment.

If you would like to share your story and tell us why you ride with Bicycle NSW, please email us at info@bicyclensw.org.au