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Bike Week 2015

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Bike Week, 12–20 September 2015

NSW Bike Week 2015

NSW Bike Week 2015

'On your bike, Marrickville' for NSW Bike Week

Marrickville Council is encouraging residents to leave their cars at home and get on a bike instead, as part of NSW Bike Week from 12 September to 20 September 2015.

NSW Bike Week is a NSW Government initiative that raises the profile of cycling as a healthy, easy, low cost and environmentally friendly alternative to driving for short trips in your local community.

FREE rides and cycling courses for all ages and levels of ability

#OnYourBikeMarrickville

Cycle course – to increase confidence on the road

  • When: Sunday 13 September, 9am – 1.30pm
  • Where: Johnson Park, Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill
  • Who can attend: Adults and children over the age of 12 (adult supervisor required for children under 18).
  • What to bring: A bike in good, road worthy condition, an approved helmet, water bottle and sunscreen.
  • Bookings: Book online here. Places are limited.
  • Contact: Facilitated by Bike Wise. For more information phone 9335 2191.

Newbie Night: Bike polo for beginners

  • When: Wednesday 16 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Registration on the day at 6pm.
  • Where: Camperdown Park, Australia Street, Camperdown. Meet at the basketball courts.
  • What to bring: A bike in good, road worthy condition, an approved helmet and water bottle.
  • Contact: Facilitated by Sydney Bike Polo. For more information phone 9335 2191.

Saturday Slowies: Ride from Marrickville to Centennial Park (on road)

  • When: Saturday 19 September, 6.25am – 8.30am
  • Where: Meet at Alex Trevallion Plaza (next to Post Café), corner Silver Street and Marrickville Road.
  • What to bring: A bike in good, road worthy condition, working light, an approved helmet, water bottle and sunscreen.
  • Contact: Facilitated by Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club. For more information phone 9335 2191.

Cycle course – for the rusty rider

  • When: Sunday 20 September, 9am – 1.30pm
  • Location: Tempe Reserve (enter via Holbeach Avenue), meet at the netball courts.
  • Who can attend: Adults and children over the age of 12 (adult supervisor required for children under 18).
  • What to bring: A bike in good, road worthy condition, an approved helmet, water bottle and sunscreen.
  • Bookings: Book online here. Places are limited.
  • Contact: Facilitated by Bike Wise. For more information, phone 9335 2191.

Family fun ride along the Cooks River (off road)

Enjoy a family fun ride along the scenic Cooks River. There are two rides to choose from:

  • 2 hour (16 km) return ride to Brighton Beach
  • 30 mins (5km) return easy ride to Tempe Reserve

Adult supervision required for children under 18.

  • When: Sunday 20 September, 9.30am – 12 noon. Registration on the day at 9am.
  • Where: Meet at Steel Park, 531 Marrickville Road, Marrickville South (next to car park and Waterplay Park).
  • What to bring: Riders need to bring their own bikes in good, road worthy condition, an approved helmet, water bottle and sunscreen.
  • Contact: Facilitated by Bike Marrickville. For more information, phone 9335 2191.

About NSW Bike Week

The key objectives of NSW Bike Week are to:

  • Increase the usage of local cycling infrastructure for transport and recreation
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for new and less confident cyclists to improve their cycling skills
  • Educate the community on the importance of road safety and the relevant road rules
  • Promote cycling a safe mode of transport for short trips

Ten tips for safe cycling in Marrickville

Cycling is fun, efficient, easy and safe if you watch out for other traffic and follow the Road Rules.

  1. Your bike should be the right size for you. As a rule of thumb, your legs should not be fully extended when you are pedaling, and you should be able to reach the ground with ease with your feet when you are slowing or stopped.
  2. Make sure your brakes are in good condition and you have a bell on your bike, in an easily reachable place. Always wear a cycle helmet and high visibility clothing.
  3. If you are carrying anything, tie it securely to the back carrier, use the basket, or use panniers. Carrying things on your handlebars is not advised.
  4. Remember, the Road Rules apply to all road users so you should familiarise yourself with them – especially the section dedicated to cycling – before taking to the road.
  5. Obey traffic signs – red lights mean stop for cyclists as well!
  6. Always be alert to what's happening around you. Wearing headphones while cycling is not advised.
  7. Trucks have limited visibility. Avoid positioning yourself on the inside of a left turning truck.
  8. When you brake in an emergency, keep your weight on the saddle. Apply the back and front brakes evenly.
  9. When cycling at night, it is not only a legal requirement, but a vital safety measure, that you have a white front light, a red back light and a rear reflector. Also, consider wearing a reflective 'high-visibility' jacket or reflective strips on clothing. These help motorists to see you.
  10. Don't forget to get your bike serviced regularly.

Be Smart... Be Safe... Be Seen

Using bicycles for short trips around the Marrickville area is a great way to stay healthy and helps the environment by decreasing the number of cars on local roads. Remember when riding in NSW, cyclists must wear an approved bicycle helmet that is properly adjusted and secured. It's the best protection from injury your head can have.

All bikes must have a warning device (bell or horn), and a red rear reflector. If riding after sunset and before dawn you must have clearly visible white front and red rear lights. Effective brakes are also mandatory. It's wise to wear reflective, white or bright coloured clothing to enhance your visibility. A properly maintained bike is important in allowing you to enjoy cycling in a safe manner.

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other road user. Cyclists must follow all the road rules, just like motorists. This means obeying stop signs and traffic lights, riding on the left side of the road and giving way to pedestrians on crossings. Remember that cyclists are not as protected as motorists so always be alert and watchful for the actions of others; make yourself visible to motorists, act predictably, signal your turns and be aware that not all drivers understand that bikes share an equal status with cars on the road.

In addition remember that your level of skill while riding will greatly enhance your safety on the road. Plan your route before you start to find roads that have sealed shoulders, less traffic, or use cycle paths to get there. When cycling off-road on shared pathways, pedestrians have priority and cyclists must ride to the left of the path. Cycling on the footpath is permitted for children under 12 years of age, or if an adult is accompanying a younger cyclist.

For further information visit the Bike Week 2015 website or the NSW Centre for Road Safety's cycling page.