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Bicycle Commuting

All of us who do it know the benefits of getting to work on a bike. You arrive earlier (usually), happier (usually), it's cheaper, it's healthier and it's a great way to get rid of the days stresses.

Some links for bike commuting

The Sydney Easy Riders are a commuting group based on the North Shore. 

Or if you're in the inner west, the BikeBus is a great way to find a group of people riding to work in the same direction.

bicyclecommute an excellent resource from Sydneycyclist member brooza

If you're looking to start bike commuting and have questions, post a question here. We love to give advice.

Discussion Forum

Storm riding

Started by Henning. Last reply by Henning on Wednesday. 15 Replies

Defending our cycle lanes

Started by Soren Harner. Last reply by Henning Dec 7. 9 Replies

Scaring them away ?

Started by DamianM. Last reply by Henning Dec 7. 6 Replies

Comment Wall

Comment by Bob Moore on October 7, 2008 at 9:21pm
How many commuters are participating in Ride to Work on Oct 15? ride2work
Comment by Duncan on October 10, 2008 at 1:11pm
Bob asked
"How many commuters are participating in Ride to Work on Oct 15?"

What do you mean... I'll be riding to work, but what's participation involve?
Comment by Bob Moore on October 10, 2008 at 2:57pm
I'll be riding to work, but what's participation involve?

Its a national event, register for it (free) and you can win a new bike, get stuff on commuting to hand out info at work, have a free breakfast at certain places, etc see ride2work
Comment by TheHilarion on October 24, 2008 at 1:43pm
Can anyone fill me in on when, or indeed if, there will be a dedicated bike lane on the pyrmont/darling harbour pedestrian and cyclist bridge?
Comment by Benjamin Haslem on October 24, 2008 at 4:09pm
There should be. Then those bloody Council rangers can stop bugging us.
Comment by Bob Moore on October 24, 2008 at 4:23pm
What are the council officers doing? Are they being pedantic about enforcing not riding on the sides?

The original philosophy was that a dedicated bike lane wouldnt work because peds wouldnt obey it and cyclists would think they owned it and ride too fast and get all aggro at tourists and kids. Better to just have a big shared space and everyone look out for everyone. As tourists like to cross over to the sides for photos etc it sort of makes sense for cyclists to keep to the centre of the bridge, but I dont think the rangers should be too narky on this if for example there arent many people around and it is a clear shot across for cyclists on one side or the other.
Comment by Benjamin Haslem on October 24, 2008 at 4:42pm
Bob, they could put small concrete barriers (100mm high) and about a metre long with a metre gap between them either side of the path and paint the tarmac green. This way pedestrians would know they should look before crossing. It could run up the middle and be wide enough for two bikes to pass. What do you reckon? As it stands you're meant to ride at 10km/h.
Comment by TheHilarion on October 24, 2008 at 8:03pm
The rangers aren't too bad. They're infrequent and just yell out to slow down. I get the point about pedestrians drifting from side to side. But I reckon some demarcation would assist as at least if they do drift across our "lane" as then we have some right of reply. I'm sure I'm not the first to be deliberately obstructed by someone.
Comment by Bob Moore on October 24, 2008 at 9:23pm
Does it say 10K? I dont use it regularly lately so havent noticed any speed signs. What I reckon might help would be a few of those scrolling ad boards on the bridge deck put to better use with messages about watching for cyclists, and every now and then they could play the sound of bike bells from speakers just to remind people. As for Benjamin's small barrier idea, I think Council would be too worried about injury claims for tripping over. Live and let live on the widest cycle path in Sydney is my preference.

But if someone wants to deliberately obstruct you, the little known Road Rule 236 applies (I think), (where a "driver" includes a rider).

Pedestrians not to cause a traffic hazard or obstruction
(1) A pedestrian must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the
path of a driver.
Offence provision.
(2) A pedestrian must not unreasonably obstruct the path of any
driver or another pedestrian.
Offence provision.
Comment by DamianM on October 24, 2008 at 11:38pm
Caught up with a friend tonight who was telling me that a cyclist hit and knocked down a pedestrian on the pyrmont bridge this week which has brought on a surge of crankiness


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