The non-existent cycling culture in Sydney?

A bunch of Dutchies participating in Sydney’s cycling event (photo taken from @SydneyCycleways Twitter)

If there is one thing that I miss most about my life abroad, that will be cycling. Unfortunately, without sufficient infrastructure as well as the urban sprawl across the city, Sydney’s cycling culture does not really flourish like their European counterparts. Despite cycling is not a popular commuting option around the city, a recent report shows that the number of cyclists in Sydney has doubled since 2010, and this number is expected to grow continuously in the next few years. To take advantage of this trend, the City of Sydney has done further promotions on their annual cycling event Sydney Ride Festival from 11th October to 25th October, which gives the opportunity to meet and greet other cyclists in the city (or probably for the Dutchies above, they were there to show how cycling should really be done).

Cycling path on ANZAC Bridge

Cycling is certainly an interesting and environmentally friendly way to explore the city. With separate bike lanes installed around some areas of Sydney CBD and beyond, safely commuting around the downtown area using bikes has become possible. One of the cycling paths that I will recommend will be the 2.6km route over Sydney Harbour Bridge and ANZAC Bridge. Starting from the North Shore, you will be able to see the beautiful coastlines as well as enjoy the famous landmarks of city, then go through the buzzing city and be surrounded by skyscrapers and designer’s shops, then finally arriving at Pyrmont and you can look across the greens at Glebe’s Bicentennial Park. Another spot that I will recommend for cycling will be Sydney Olympic Park, which is easily accessible by both public transport and cars. With three different trails cover more than 10km, it is suitable for both families and professional cyclists.

Just a warm reminder, here are some rules to follow when you are cycling:

  • Wear a helmet at anytime
  • Overtake on the left hand side of the road
  • Install a bell or a horn in order to warn other pedestrians or cyclists on the road
  • Get a bike with a working brake!
  • Always follow the traffic lights

Now, you are pretty much set for the rest of the day.


3 thoughts on “The non-existent cycling culture in Sydney?”

  1. Just to clarify, bicycle riders are allowed to overtake on the left, but it’s quite dangerous. Overtaking on the right like other vehicles is more predictable and safer.



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