Cycling tips

transportRiding in Waverley

  • Tackle our hills with at lease 10-speed gears. The Waverley area may be hilly but it’s worth the effort to take in the spectacular ocean and harbour views and some exhilarating downhill runs.
  • Try to avoid the traffic. The best time of day to do all rides is early morning or weekends when traffic volumes are lowest. Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach can experience high levels of motor vehicle traffic on weekends, particularly during the warmer months.
  • Check out our cycling maps.  They show the safest cycling routes around Waverley, minimising use of the main roads.

Road sense checklist

To get the most out of your cycling we suggest:

  1. Organising a riding partner or group. It’s easier and safer to ride with friends so ask around and see if someone else can join you. It can also help you get going on a cool morning when you know that your friends are ‘out there’ and waiting for you to turn up.
  2. Check your bike before starting out. If you haven’t ridden your bike for a while, check your brakes and gear shifters before you set out. If you need equipment serviced, don’t wait until it becomes a problem. If you have new equipment fitted, ride around locally first and make any necessary fine adjustments before attempting longer rides.
  3. Have your bike checked mechanically. Take your bike to a bike shop to get it checked and adjusted at least once a year – more often if you ride weekly. Keep your chain lubricated and check the adjustment on all moving parts, particularly brakes and gears, before you set out. Fit front and rear lights to your bike if you ride at night or set out early in the morning during winter.
  4. Set up your optimum riding position. The most important thing affecting your riding comfort and control of your bike is your saddle and handlebar setup. Ask your bike shop to help you make the adjustments. It only takes a few minutes and can often save you a lot of discomfort.
  5. Wear the right clothing. Clothing designed for cycling is very comfortable and moves with your skin without chafing and rubbing.
  6. Practice riding in a group. If you are new to riding in a group you should take particular care when cycling with six or more riders. Be predictable and ride a straight line. Always aim to keep at least half a wheel behind the rider in front and try not to overlap wheels. Remember, if you tip the wheel of the rider in front it is usually you who falls!
  7. Brush up on your road rules. As most of riding is on the roads, it is a good idea to know the road rules and be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a road user. In NSW it is legal to ride two abreast but on narrow or busier roads it’s always safest to ride in single file to allow room for others to pass you on your right. Always wear a cycle helmet and try to anticipate the moves of other riders and drivers.
  8. Learn the route. When riding these recommended routes, try to familiarise yourself with the route before you ride it. The safest way to ride is to concentrate on the road environment and not on a map. Until you learn the course, pause often to refer to the route map and description before cycling on to the next turn.
  9. Warm up and start out easy. Don’t rush into strenuous riding when your muscles are cold. Always warm up and stretch before you set out. On the road, give your body a chance to settle into a comfortable rhythm and where possible, save your maximum exertion for the hills - there are a few of them in Sydney’s East!
  10. During your ride DRINK, DRINK, DRINK! The moisture you sweat out on the road has to be replaced. Drink lots of water as you ride. Always carry at least two large water bottles and make sure these are filled before you start. Food is also important. Don’t forget your high carbohydrate dinner and breakfast and take some high energy snack food to eat along the way.

Road rules and rights for cyclists

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users. Whatever vehicle you drive, the golden rule is to treat other road users with respect and courtesy. All road users should drive or ride safely and obey the traffic rules at all times.

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has additional rules for bicycle riders.

It is compulsory to:

  • Wear an approved helmet, worn correctly
  • Have a working bell or horn
  • Use front and rear lights that are visible from 200m when riding at night.
  • When riding on a footpath or shared path keep to the left of the footpath or shared path and give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.

A cyclist has a right to:

  • Ride two abreast, no more than 1.5m apart
  • Travel to the front of a line of traffic on the left hand side of the stopped vehicles
  • Cycle on the footpath if the cyclist is less than 12 years old and the adult is riding in a supervisory capacity.

More information

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