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Cycling is an excellent way to get around, save money, keep fit and reduce your impact on the environment. Did you know that a bike trip of less than 5km can be even quicker than taking the car? Ding ding!
We are developing a Principal Pedestrian Network and overarching Pedestrian Plan for Newcastle.
Newcastle Cycleways map outlines existing cycleways, recommended connecting routes and some of our proposed future works for the whole local government area. Pick up a paper copy from Newcastle libraries, bike shops, the Visitor Information Centre and Customer Service.
There are numerous rules developed to make the road a safer place. Beyond these rules, please be competent and compassionate to ensure everyone can travel together, whether you are a driver, bike rider or pedestrian.
As a bike rider, you must remember that many of the road rules apply to you, with some exceptions to help you and others move more safely and conveniently:
Extra tips for sharing the road while riding a bike include:
No matter how you travel, you can help make our streets safer by keeping an eye out for others and having a good grasp of your responsibilities.
When riding a bike, understand the needs of other people using shared paths, such as children, the elderly and people with disabilities by:
Combined Pedestrian and Cycle Crossings
Head to the NSW Road Safety website for a complete list of rules around sharing the road.
Have fun, feel more energetic and do your bit for the environment - there are so many reasons to get on your bike.
Riding to work or uni or using your bike for local trips is a great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Health professionals recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day to maintain good health.
Cycling does not emit greenhouse gases or other pollution. By choosing to ride rather than drive, we can contribute to national goals to reduce our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and improve air quality.
The costs of owning and running a car can cost thousands, considering fuel, parking, depreciation, maintenance, registration and insurance. The costs of buying and maintaining a bike are around 1% of the cost of buying and maintaining a car. Also, bike parking (apart from usually being free) is generally easily accessible and more convenient than car parking, and usually free!
Cycling is a basic and affordable form of travel which is available to almost all ages and groups in society. Cycling provides opportunities for social interaction on the streets, enhancing a sense of community and safety.
Bikes do less damage to road surfaces than cars. They are often quicker than cars over short distances. More bikes and fewer cars on the road can reduce congestion and its associated costs.
Find out about cycleway projects that we are planning and have completed.
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City of Newcastle acknowledges that we operate on the grounds of the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.
CN reiterates its commitment to address disadvantages and attain justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.