The City of Sydney is offering free cycling courses for members of the public who want to learn responsible, safer riding, and build confidence and traffic skills to cycle in the City.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the courses, which began last Sunday 14 June, are a practical step toward pedestrian and cyclist safety that go hand in hand with the City’s commitment to building a network of cycleways.

These specially designed courses teach all cyclists how to ride safely thereby making our streets and cycleways safer for everybody, Moore said.

The courses are run by trained cycling instructors from BikeWise and are for anyone over 18 years old who already owns and ride a bike. The course will include basic cycling skills as well as lessons about cycling in traffic. The course takes approximately four and a half hours and will be held at the CARES Facility, Sydney Park, and in surrounding streets.

Many cities around the world, including London, New York, Amsterdam and Melbourne have introduced separated cycleways, Moore said.

The City of Sydney has allocated $70 million over the next four years to build an effective cycle network across our area. We want to make cycling a real transport alternative that will reduce road congestion, cut emissions and improve public health.

With 14 other inner city councils we have identified a comprehensive regional network, with a strategic priority network of 245 kilometres of bike lanes, including 160 kilometres of separated cycleways and 70 kilometres of upgraded shared paths.

Dedicated safe spaces for cyclists and improved amenity for pedestrians were common requests from the community during the Sustainable Sydney 2030 consultations. The City’s commitment to safety is also reflected in our media campaign aimed at all road users -“ drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Together we will deliver calmer streets and a liveable green network.

info: People wishing to participate in the courses need to enroll online by visiting cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cycling

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