Commuting in Sydney. War stories, routes and tips

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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 Dec 17, 2014. 15 Replies

Defending our cycle lanes

Started by Soren Harner. Last reply by Henning Dec 7, 2014. 9 Replies

Scaring them away ?

Started by DamianM. Last reply by Henning Dec 7, 2014. 6 Replies

Comment Wall

Comment by Alexander Liauw on March 6, 2012 at 12:17pm
Comment by John Knight on March 26, 2012 at 8:21pm

Nearly bought the big one on the way home from work this evening. Bickell Rd left into Bapaume Rd in Mosman.

Took a left turn too fast and idiotically, purposely too wide (to avoid cracks) and almost ran into a car coming up Bapaume towards me - Dumbest thing is that this is the second time I've frightened myself on this corner.

I braked hard mid corner once I realised I was about to sideswipe a car. I momentarily locked up both wheels and slid for a bit before easing off and pulling back into the right line. I think I scared the poop out of the driver (and me!).

Time to review my Cat 6 Wannabe classification me thinks.................

Comment by Ed74mnd on April 4, 2012 at 12:00pm

so I clipped a bloody pedestrian this morning as Im exiting a roundabout.... it was 6.45 am, I was making a hasty entry and exit thru a small roundabout...there was a milk truck on my tail trying to give me the squeeze and mr Dopey walks out onto the road... WTF?!.. I yell out a warning and immediately sight a safe line through... Mr Dopey panics and runs.. Big mistake... I manage to re-sight a line past but still clip the guys back pack... pedestrians are dangerous... let him know my thoughts too.

Comment by Elizabeth on April 4, 2012 at 12:16pm

I wonder how this list and cyclists in general would react to a motorist posting a message like Ed's where the Mr Dopey was a cyclist.  Let's try to share the space and take care around the more vulnerable road users.  Arrogance behind the wheel in the saddle or on the footpath invites confrontations and crashes.


Comment by John Knight on April 4, 2012 at 12:28pm

I think you are right Elizabeth. I''ve had a close call with a car (just above)  and narrowly missed clipping a pedestrian. Time to take a calming breath and take a couple of extra minutes to get to work.

Mind you, pedestrians (or cyclists) wearing earphones can be infuriating. A friend wrote off a front wheel and broke his arm last year on the Gore Hill Cycle Path when a completely deaf pedestrian stepped out of a side path in front of him. He avoided the pedestrian and went into a rail.

Comment by Rob Berry on April 4, 2012 at 12:29pm

I agree, Elizabeth.

People can be unpredictable, if they are walking, on a bike or in a car. Roundabouts are often a place of confusion because while the law would have all users clearly indicating their entrances and exits this isn't always the case - it is probably best to avoid making hasty entrances and exits through them. When you have pedestrians, cyclists and motorists all using the space, it doesn't take much for a near miss to happen if someone isn't paying attention or makes an incorrect assumption about the movement of others. There are some fairly infamous roundabouts that I commonly go through (particularly on Darling Drive and near the University of Sydney) where experience has taught me to be extra careful and slow down, even stop, to make sure I pass through without a problem.

Comment by Ed74mnd on April 4, 2012 at 12:44pm

lol @ Phil. so Im not a pacificst, tree hugging cyclist... nor do i aim to scare the bejeesus out of other road users and myself or proclaim the road is mine because I cycle.... I just had to post a rant about a stupid pedestrian... it's a war and it's taking place on the clack top near you!  (j/k)

Comment by Ed74mnd on April 4, 2012 at 12:54pm

indeed, just one of those things that comes with cycling.

Comment by Elizabeth on April 4, 2012 at 4:26pm

Funny how people who think its a war our there seem to have more confrontations than those of us who don't.  Far as I can tell attitude goes a long way to smoothing the ride through the city, and through life.

Not that I've never hollared at a driver or whatever but when I do afterwards I always think I could have handled the situation better.  If that makes me a pacifict tree-hugging cyclist, so be it.

Comment by Steve D on April 4, 2012 at 5:51pm

Read this earlier today:


The cyclist’s primary goal should be, first and foremost, to avoid serious injury. This is the cyclist’s bottom line. We must do whatever it takes to achieve this goal, short of staying at home.

Instead of just hopping on the bike and pedaling, we should take a moment before any ride to soberly consider the dangers we are about to face and how we will avoid them. We will need to carry this underlying seriousness into the ride and maintain it throughout


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