Cycling Tips

  • When riding at night wear light coloured clothes or shoes with reflective material to make you more visible.
  • If you are riding and it starts to rain, then stop and wait under shelter. Most of Sydney's rain showers last only 20 minutes or so.
  • If you are serious about cycling for transport, buy the best rain jacket you can afford.
  • When riding on wet roads, remember that they are much more slippery than dry roads and your tyres are quite narrow. So you will need to slow down on corners.
  • Buy a bike that fits you in size and in purpose.
  • Wear glasses such as sunglasses or sports glasses to protect your eyes from dirt, dust and insects while riding.
  • Momentum is the friend of every cyclist.
  • You will be able to cycle much further if you use easy gears and spin the pedals at 70 to 90 revolutions per minute.
  • When choosing a route, do not necessarily ride where you drive. The best cycle route might be quite different.  Take care to discern and avoid hazards, particularly in poor light.
  • Cycle commuting is a great way to get that 20 minutes of exercise each day you never find time for.
  • Sound your bell and slow down when approaching others on a shared cycleway. Give pedestrians warning and room.
  • Why not cycle to the nearest railway station and train to work rather than driving your car all the way?
  • Try to cycle regularly, cycle socially, cycle for local transport and cycle to school or work.
  • If you are planning to commute, do a practice ride on a Sunday when you do not have to hurry. Take a map and check out all those side streets. If your route is not marked on your map, ask other cyclists for route tips. 

 

Traffic Wisdom

  • Be predictable - do not weave in and out of parked cars, maintain a straight line.
  • Signal your intention to move well in advance.
  • Be politely assertive. Do not ride in the gutter where there is often rough surface or debris.
  • Keep a safe distance from parked cars. A suddenly opened car door could cause and accident.
  • Avoid the squeeze - take over your lane when going through narrow sections, speed humps and small roundabouts.
  • Make eye contact with drivers at intersections. Make sure they have seen you before moving in front of a car.
  • Be noticed! Wear bright clothing. Be reflective at night.

 

Bikes on Public Transport

  • Bicycles are permitted on CityRail trains free of charge unless you want to travel between 6.00am and 9.00am or between 3.30pm and 7.30pm on weekdays. To travel within those times, you need to buy a child's ticket for the bicycle.
  • If you take a bicycle on the train please remember not to block the doorways. The riding of bicycles, scooters or roller blades on CityRail stations and trains is not allowed.
  • Bikes are allowed on ferries in Sydney at the discretion of the Captain at no additional cost. Bikes should not interfere with other passengers.
  • Bikes are generally not permitted on Sydney buses.
  • Bicycle racks are provided at some transport interchanges, as marked on the map.
  • In North Sydney Council secure bicycle lockers are currently located in Mount Street in North Sydney CBD. Please contact Council's Customer Service Centre for more information.

 

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