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NSW Bike Week: Cycling to work

NSW Bike Week aims to encourage people from all walks of life to embrace the benefits of riding a bike. With most of us not getting enough exercise, now is a great time to hop on two wheels for your morning commute.

NSW Bike Week

Running from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 25 September, NSW Bike Week is an annual “celebration of cycling”. It plans to endorse cycling as a healthy form of transport, increase use of cycling infrastructure and help new cyclists improve their skills and confidence.

Getting Started

Cycling is one of the healthiest, cheapest and environmentally friendly ways to travel to work.

If you’re on a budget, a good rule of thumb is to buy the best bike you can afford. Remember you’ll need to factor in the cost of all the accessories, including lights and a helmet (this is important – it’s illegal to ride a bike in Australia without one).

Find out what size bike you need by asking at the bike shop or looking at manufacturer’s charts- the taller you are, the larger the frame should be. Check the seat height and – if you’re buying second-hand- inspect the tyres for wear and tear. Take the bike for a test spin.

Start by cycling modest distances. If your work is a far away, practice on a shorter route to work up your skills and fitness. You can always work your way up to a 30 km road trip at a later date.

Cycling Safely

Stay safe on the roads with these tips:
  • Always wear a helmet that fits properly and is approved by Australian standards.
  • Stick to bike lanes when you can.
  • Before changing lanes and turning, always remember to scan behind you and signal to other road users.
  • Don’t ride on the inside of large vehicles (trucks, buses etc).
  • Obey traffic signals, including red lights.
  • On shared paths, give way to pedestrians.
  • Take extra care when riding at night and always use lights.
  • Be sure to check the road rules in your state.

&Related info: Maps of Bike Accidents in Queensland and Victoria.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: September 12, 2016.

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