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Safely Enjoying Hawkesbury’s Picturesque Cycle Trails

By Jacqueline Ball
Posted: 11 Mar 2020
Surrounded by national parklands and with an excellent provision of cycle paths and trails, Hawkesbury is a great place to discover by bike.

Revealing stunning scenery and a variety of local attractions, specially designated bike routes take cyclists safely through popular visitor sites. Whether travelling along cycle lanes on the highway, or taking to the hills on a rugged bike trail, it’s important to follow the rules of the road and ride a suitable, roadworthy bike for safety and comfort.

Choosing The Right Bike

A bicycle is a legitimate road vehicle, treated under the law in the same way as cars and motorbikes, so it’s important to ensure you have a roadworthy bike. A mountain bike will be suitable for the rougher terrain around the National Parks, but whatever the style of bike you choose, it’s important to check that the bike frame is an appropriate size for your body. If it is too large, it will be harder to control, and if it is too small, you will lose pedal efficiency. Before you head off to explore the Yengo National Park or follow the Old Convict Trail, make any adjustments to the saddle and handlebars, and take the bike for a short spin to ensure you feel secure and comfortable.

Staying Visible In Low Light

Once you have chosen your bike, it will need to be fitted with the correct lights and a bell or other warning device. Not only are these legal requirements in NSW, but they are essential for safety as they make other road users aware of your presence. In addition to lights, it’s advisable to make yourself as noticeable as possible by wearing bright clothing. Fluorescent items are only effective during the day, so at nighttime and in low light, reflective clothing is necessary to bounce back headlights. 

Following The Rules Of The Road

While the City Council actively promotes the benefits of Hawkesbury’s extensive cycle network, it is keen to remind cyclists of  Road Rules that must be followed, whether riding through heavy traffic in town or travelling on quiet country roads. Although it is very tempting to use footpaths in order to avoid traffic and roadworks, throughout NSW it is illegal to ride on them, except for children under the age of 12 and anyone older who is supervising them. Keeping at least two metres away from moving cars will minimise the risk of impact, and for their own health and safety in the event of an accident, cyclists are legally required to wear a helmet at all times.

Cycling is a great way to enjoy all that Hawkesbury and the surrounding area has to offer, and designated cycle routes provide picturesque trails that are safe for cyclists to explore. However, to enjoy them fully, and to take advantage of cycle lanes in busier areas, it’s still important to ensure that bikes are safe and comfortable, and that the rules of the road are followed.

 
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