As the commentator says in one of the videos coming up today, the car is king in Sydney and cyclists need to be brave. So what’s it really like to ride a bike around the streets of Australia’s busiest city?
I have no idea, I’ve never tried and I no longer even own a bike, but that doesn’t stop me writing a post about it with the help of my able assistant, YouTube.
Cycling in Sydney
“Cycling in Sydney, Australia takes place for recreation, commuting and as a sport. Sydney has a hilly topography and so may require a slightly higher level of fitness from cyclists than flatter cities such as Melbourne and Canberra.
Sydney depends heavily on motor vehicles where traffic and public transport operate at capacity. This means that cyclists are often competing with motorists for limited space on busier roads. There is more investment at the local government level to increase the percentage of trips completed by bicycle.”
Yes, cycling in Sydney has its own Wikipedia page and they appear to agree with the commentator in our first video. And not only do you need to be brave and watch out for the cars, you’ve got hills to contend with as well.
Let’s get on with that first video.
This is more of a ‘documentary’ about cycling in Sydney than a ride around town, but that’s a good thing, it contains lots of information. It’s by a guy who has a blog about cycling in Holland and we all know that the Dutch love getting about on a bike.
Here’s what he thought of cycling in Sydney…
City Of Sydney Spring Cycle
Every year the city of Sydney has what it calls the “Spring Cycle” which is a “recreational bike ride for Australian’s of all ages and abilities on bikes of all shapes and sizes. All riders push off from North Sydney and have the exhilaration and unique experience of riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge main deck.” – SpringCycle.com.au
Let’s take a look at that…
Looks like fun. But as I say, what do I know? So if you have ridden a bike in Sydney, maybe you can tell me about it in the comments below…