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Cycling | Marrickville Council

Cycling

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Cycling in Marrickville
 
Signage for cycle routes in Marrickville

Cycling is a fantastic way to get around, keep fit, save money and help the environment at the same time. Travelling by bike is a great way to explore your local area or to get to work or school, and more and more Sydneysiders are taking to two wheels than ever before.

Get started here by downloading our new cycle map, finding out about local group rides, and enrolling in one of our confidence-boosting cycle courses – all of which are here to help you make the most out of cycling safely and enjoyably in the local area.

Cycle Marrickville Map

View and download the new Cycle Marrickville Map using the link below. You can also contact Council to request a hard copy be sent to you in the post.

City cycle confidence training

Council's free cycle confidence courses are designed to improve your cycle skills and confidence while riding, this course is tailored to encourage and enable safer cycling across the city and give you the flair you need to take to two wheels in no time.

You will learn how to develop your riding skills and bolster your confidence in a quiet off-road setting before proceeding out on-road as a group, whilst learning about some of the best on-road routes in the local area.

Suitable for novice and more regular riders alike.

Book online for one of the following sessions:

Local rides

Check out Rec Post for details of local group cycle rides, as well as a host of other information on staying active and healthy in Marrickville.

Cycling tips

Maintaining your bike

Regularly maintaining your bike is essential for staying safe, prevent unnecessary breakdowns and reducing potential costly repairs.  Each time you ride you should give your bike the ABC check – check the Air in your tyres; check your Brakes work properly; check the Chain is moving smoothly.

When giving your bike the once-over, here's some tips on what to look out for:

  1. Check tyres regularly – replace if they are showing signs of wear or damage.
  2. Pump up tyres until they are too hard to squeeze or look for the psi (pressure range) written on the side of the tyre – this reduces the chances of punctures and makes cycling easier.
  3. Check brakes – they should stop the wheel fully when the lever is only partly pulled and check there is still grooved rubber on brake pads.
  4. Don't allow brakes to skim the wheels – this will slow you down and make it harder to pedal.
  5. Degrease and oil the chain for smoother gear transaction – if it squeaks or is brown it needs some oil. You can purchase dual degreaser and lube products from any good bike store.
  6. Keep your bike undercover (or use a bike cover) – it will prolong its life and reduce maintenance
  7. Get the seat height right – having it too low will make cycling hard work.
  8. Get your bike serviced at least once a year.

Hiring a bike

Would you like to try cycling but don't have a bike? Maybe you want to introduce friends or family who haven't cycled before. Renting a bike is a great way to get started.

The Green Living Centre Bike Library has a fleet of bikes available for loan – including specialist cargo bikes and trailers – to allow bike riders to carry things that might otherwise require a car.

Taking your bike on public transport

Bikes are permitted on Sydney Trains free of charge, except if any part of the journey is made during peak times between 6am–9am or 3.30pm–7.30pm on weekdays. To travel during those times you must purchase a child ticket for the bike in addition to your own ticket. This includes whole, dismantled or partially dismantled bicycles. Folding bikes are permitted on trains free of charge at any time, provided the bike is folded and carried in a bag before boarding. The riding of bikes, skateboards or scooters on stations and trains is not permitted at any time.

Bicycles are not allowed to be carried on buses at any time.

Bicycles are permitted on Sydney Ferries free of charge at all times. The Manly service vessels have areas where bicycles can be secured during the journey; please ask the crew where they are located. For all other ferries, please ask the crew to guide you to the most appropriate area to stow your bicycle during the trip.

Bicycles are permitted on Light Rail services free of charge – however if trams are crowded, staff may have to restrict the number of bicycles carried on each tram.

Cycle safety tips

  • Use lights after dark: white at the front and red at the rear
  • Use appropriate hand signals when making a left or right turn
  • Wear bright clothing in the day and reflective clothing or accessories at night
  • Wear a well-fitting, Australian Standards-approved helmet.
  • Walk your bike across a pedestrian crossing
  • Don't use a mobile phone or earphones

Links

  • Marrickville Bicycle Strategy
    Council adopted the Marrickville Bicycle Strategy in 2007 following extensive community consultation.
     
  • SydneyCycleways.net
    The City of Sydney's cycling website. Resources include cycling maps to help plan your route through the inner city and surrounding areas, news updates, and general information on urban cycling.
     
  • Bike Marrickville (formerly MASSBUG)
    Local bicycle group covering Marrickville and former South Sydney Council areas.
     
  • Bicycle NSW
    A not-for-profit peak body providing advice, insurance, ride events, bike shop discounts and the Australian Cyclist magazine to members
     
  • Cycling Resource Centre
    A cycling information website, hosted by the Australian Bicycle Council and Austroads.