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About The Ride Leaders Course

Thank you for wanting to become a Bicycle NSW accredited Ride Leader. The course will enable you to lead rides for groups to enjoy the fun and health benefits of bicycle riding, in the safety of a well-planned  ride.

The Ride Leaders Course is designed to take you, as an experienced group rider, through a series of exercises to give you the knowledge, skills and experience to competently –  and confidently - lead a group of riders.

Candidate Ride Leaders must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be a Member of Bicycle NSW
  • Be a Member of a BNSW affiliated Bicycle User Group
  • Be a confident rider who has experience with riding in a group and feels comfortable leading a diverse group of riders.
  • Know the NSW road laws and have a comprehensive understanding of the road environment.

If you are a novice bike rider, have little experience or do not feel confident riding in a group, we encourage you to gain experience riding with your local group before expressing interest in this course. It’s important for you to observe experienced Ride Leaders in operation and, when you’re ready, to perform roles such as Signpost and Sweep.

COVID-19 Restrictions

As of late January, most of the COVID-19 restrictions which were put in place before Christmas will be eased for the Greater Sydney Region, Central Coast LGA and Wollongong LGA.

This means outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed, hospitality venues will be subject to 1 person per 4 sqm and masks will no longer be compulsory at most retail or business venues.

However, the 1.5 m physical distancing rule (for people not from the same household and where possible) as well as practising good personal hygiene recommendations stay in place. Also, wearing a mask will remain compulsory on public transport (and some other indoor venues).

The rollback of these restrictions is great news but during this pandemic the safety and wellbeing of all participants remains our top priority when organising an event (such as the Ride Leaders course).

2021 Ride Leaders Course Review

This course can bring together between 40 - 60 people from different areas and some who travel by public transport which raises some concerns for us. Excitingly, it's regarded as an opportunity to learn new skills but also as a chance to mingle and catch up with acquaintances.

It will be difficult to separate groups of this size in our office with enough room to physically distance. We will likely need one (possibly two) COVID-19 marshal/s to ensure the course is run in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

We have therefore made the decision to defer selecting a date for the next Ride Leader course until next month (March). We will update you again by the end of March.