More and more people are now riding their bike to get around Sydney. Riding your bike is a convenient, healthy and environmentally-friendly transport option for getting to where you need to go. You can see NSW on two wheels or combine riding with travel on public transport to get around.
Planning your bike trip
The Trip Planner has options to allow you to plan your bike riding route based on your skill level and preferences.
Use the cycle option within the Trip Planner for an end to end trip plan by bike in three easy steps:
- Enter your starting point
- Enter your destination and;
- Choose your preferred type of trip (easier, moderate or more direct), based on your skill level or preference.
The type of trip you choose can be either easier, moderate or more direct.
- Easier: Ideal for new cyclists, young riders or those that would prefer an easier route by avoiding hills and busy roads where possible.
- Moderate: Best suited to intermediate cyclists who don't mind the occasional hill and are comfortable riding on some roads.
- More direct: For experienced cyclists who want to minimise travel time, can handle steeper hills and navigate busy roads.
You can use the trip planner to plan a mixed trip, using both your bike and public transport in combination.
For example, if you want to cycle for the first part of your journey from your home to a train station, then by train onto the office.
To plan a mixed trip using Trip Planner:
- Enter your starting point and destination
- In the options tab, select whether you want to include cycling at the start or the end of your trip
- Enter how long you are willing to spend cycling
It's easy to get started riding a bike
It's as simple of finding the right type of bike and safety equipment and you're off.
Commuting by bike
Join the many others who have started riding their bike to get to and from work. In this section we will give you the information you will need to help you start commuting by bike.
This includes the equipment you will need, how to plan your route and what to do when you get to your destination.
Here is a list of the basic equipment you will need to start riding your bike. To find out more information and to ensure you’re meeting safety requirements, visit the NSW Centre for Road Safety.
Bicycle riders are required by law to wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened. In NSW there are no exemptions from wearing an approved bicycle helmet. Your helmet will need to be correctly fitted and meet Australian and New Zealand safety standards.
Horns and bells
Under the NSW Road Rules your bike must be quipped with a bell or horn to warn pedestrians and other cyclists that you're around, particularly when overtaking.
Your bike must be fitted with at least one working brake.
Front and rear lights make you more visible, and help you to see in low light conditions. While lights are not legally required during daylight in good visibility, by law you must have lights fitted to your bike and turned on if you are riding between sunset and sunrise and in bad weather. Find out more
To make it easier for other road users to see you, wear bright or light coloured clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.
If you have a relatively short and easy ride you may be able to get away with just wearing your normal work clothes, just make sure they are comfortable and aren't likely to get caught in the bike chain or other mechanisms or restrict your movement. Otherwise you may prefer to wear dedicated clothing for your cycling trip then allow some extra time to change when you arrive at work.
Most bikes will have somewhere to store a water bottle and it's important to keep hydrated, especially in warmer weather. If you need to carry equipment you can consider wearing a backpack or other bag that you can secure so it won't move around or you may prefer fitting your bike with a luggage rack instead.
Plan your route
When planning your route, you should consider your skill level and preferences.
You can use the Cycling option in the Trip Planner to plan a route that suits your needs with options to choose faster but more challenging routes or easier routes that may be longer but will avoid main roads and large hills.
The best way to start bike riding is to start with shorter trips, up to 10km. The Trip Planner will allow you to select a route that connects you to and from public transport.
To plan a mixed trip using the Trip Planner:
- Enter your starting point and destination,
- In the Refine tab, select whether you want to include riding your bike at the start or the end of your trip,
- Enter how long you are willing to spend riding.
Have a practice run
You may want to trial riding your route on a weekend to make sure you know the way, have a good idea of the time needed and identify any potential hazards you may encounter along the way without the time pressure of getting to work on time.
Otherwise allow some extra time the first few times you try riding to work.
Check with your work location if there is any on-site bike storage and changing facilities available.
If your workplace does not have any secure bike storage, there are a number of bike lockers and sheds available at many stations, stops and wharves.
Local councils may also have dedicated bike storage facilities available in the area. You can find more information on your local council website.
Dedicated cycleways for a more connected trip
There is a growing number of dedicated cycleways available across Sydney and NSW to help you get around safely and easily on your bike.
Children under 16 years of age are allowed to ride on a footpath. An adult rider who is supervising a bike rider under 16, may also ride with the younger rider on the footpath.
Outside of this, there are many family-friendly cycleways across Sydney and NSW that help families get around safely on two wheels.
Western Parklands Track
There are over 60km of tracks and trails ready for cycling and walking in the Western Sydney Parklands, you can reach the Parklands from the nearest train station at Doonside. Find out more
Parramatta River Cycle Path
Ride alongside the River from Kissing Point all the way to Parramatta with minimal on-road riding and no hills. With several Ferry wharves along the way from Parramatta to Kissing Point, you can catch a Ferry to the path, or ride one way and take the Ferry back. Find out more
Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway
The Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway is a short 5km, bike, scooter, pram and walk friendly section of the 43.6 kilometre long Botany Bay Trail. With several drink stations and water views along the way, you can safely walk or cycle along a dedicated shared pathway around Botany Bay from La Perouse to Kurnell. Find out more
The Greenway, Inner West
The Greenway is a mix of bike paths and foreshore walks linking the Cooks River at Earlwood with the Parramatta River at Iron Cove. Following the route of the L1 Inner West light rail line and Hawthorne Canal there is easy public transport access and there are a number of cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities along the way. Find out more
Following the route of a former rail corridor in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions of New South Wales, the 15km Fernleigh Track provides a pleasant travel for walking or cycling through a bushland setting. Find out more
This shared cycle/pedestrian path is a safe environment for family groups and beginners and provides a western link between the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie council areas winding up through attractive bushland cuttings and embankments to a summit. The steady shallow gradient required for steam trams is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Find out more
Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, Snowy Valleys
This 21km sealed route is based on a former rail corridor and takes in four restored bridges, two heritage-listed buildings from the 1870s and scenic countryside along its gentle gradients and sweeping curves. Find out more.
CyclewayFinder is a database of cycleway infrastructure located throughout NSW which can display attributes of a particular path segment within an area.
Simply search for the location you're interested in and then click on the path detail.
A pop up box will appear showing certain features attributes such as type of road, difficulty level, how steep the road is and the road surface material.
Parking your bike
Bike parking facilities, including bookable bike lockers or Opal enabled bike sheds, are available at many stations, wharves and bus interchanges all over NSW to make it easier for you to combine riding with your public transport journey.
Bike racks are also freely available at most public transport locations.
Metro stations have a number of bike parking spaces available, see below for the number of spaces available at each station:
|Station||Number of bike spaces|
Road rules and road user's handbook
Follow the below tips to keep safe on your bike and while on the road.
- Make sure you wear a helmet that meets Australian safety standards
- Wear appropriate clothing that is visible, comfortable and is unlikely to get caught in the chain or gear
- Equip your bike with a warning bell and front and rear lights and make sure they are regularly charged
- Look after your bike with regular servicing and check that tyres are inflated and brakes are working before setting off
- For more tips see safety and rules