The spring school holidays are almost upon us, and if you’re fortunate enough to have nabbed some time off work, chances are you’ll want to fill your days in nature as much as possible. Luckily for you, we’ve been working on quite a few different projects this year to encourage you to safely explore your local area – and there are even more on their way.
So get on your bike and explore some of our favourite family friendly cycleways.
Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, Snowy Valleys
Whether you’re a family that cycles, strolls, peddles or rolls together, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is for you. The 21km sealed route – a former rail corridor – takes in four restored bridges, two heritage-listed buildings from the 1870s and scenic countryside along its gentle gradients and sweeping curves.
Learn more: visitsnowyvalleys.com.au/listing/tumbarumba-to-rosewood-rail-trail
Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link, Southern Sydney
In future, this pedestrian and bicycle path will provide a leisurely way to get to Cronulla Beach. The established Sutherland to Kirrawee route will take you through the expansive Royal National Park and past Hacking River, where you may spot a kayaker or two. The planning of the Kirrawee to Cronulla section of the project is currently underway.
Learn more: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/sutherland-to-cronulla-active-transport-link
Six pop-up cycleways, across Sydney
Sydney’s pop-up cycleways are home to commuters during the week, but on the weekend they welcome singles and families just wanting to explore their local area and breathe in some fresh air. Thanks to these designated accessways, you’ll be able to cycle all the way from the inner west to central Sydney (see map below). Five are currently open, with the one on Bridge Road in Glebe expected to open in the coming weeks. Keep up to date here: transportnsw.info/news/2020/sydneys-new-pop-up-cycleways-help-you-ride-to-work
Plan your trip: www.transportnsw.info/trip
It’s everybody’s responsibility to create safe environments when out in public. When you’re on a bike, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Children under the age of 16 may ride on the footpath, along with any adult rider who is supervising them. Children aged 16 or 17 can ride on the footpath when accompanied by a child under 16 and a supervising adult.
- Always stop at red lights. At intersections, slow down or stop, then look left and right to ensure it’s safe for you to proceed.
- If dedicated bike paths are available, use those instead of roads or dedicated pedestrian walkways.
- When using shared areas, be mindful of cars and pedestrians.
- Always wear a helmet.
For more ways to stay safe while cycling, visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/bicycle-riders