With the number of cyclists in Australia steadily increasing, and the steps taken by major cities around the country to become more bicycle-friendly, Australia is very quickly becoming a hit amongst cyclists. Whether it’s a casual ride to and from work everyday, or an easy Sunday ride by the river side, you are sure to see plenty of Aussies out and about on bikes.
In Australia public transport can cost anywhere between $2000 – $2500 on average every year. This makes riding a bike a very cheap alternative. Adding to that, riding a bike is:
- Good for your physical and mental health.
- Good for the environment – you can help bring down the carbon footprint.
- Reliable (no more waiting for buses or trains, and no more traffic jams) and,
- A great way to explore the city.
Hiring A Bike
Hiring a bike is an excellent way to explore different areas of the city allowing you to engage better with your surroundings compared to other modes of transport. There are multiple options in all major Australian cities for hiring bikes. We have collated a few for you:
Buying a Bike
The cheapest option is to buy your own bike. You can find multiple options to buy a bike right from budget bikes from KMart, Target or Big W to more exclusive bike stores. You can also buy second hand bikes on Facebook marketplace, eBay or Gumtree.
Designated bike lanes and tracks have been built all over specially for the convenience of cyclists. Normally bicycle lanes are built along train tracks and train stations have facilities to park bicycles safely. You may also find several ‘Bicycle Boulevards’ that give bicycles priority over other vehicles.
Whether you’re a cyclist, or you are planning to get a bike to ride to work, there are a few laws that you will have to keep in mind. And beware, breaking some of these laws can come with a pretty hefty fine!
- It is illegal to ride a bike at any time of the day without wearing a helmet.
- Cyclists must follow the same road rules as drivers.
- Cyclists must not hold on to another vehicle while it’s driving.
- Bicycles must have working brakes and a working bell or horn.
- When riding at night, all bicycles must have correct lights.
- Cyclists must ride the correct way along bike paths.
Click on the links below to check road rules for cyclists in your state:
Click here to know about other transport option in Australia.
If you want to know more about the available transport options in Australia; do not hesitate to contact Chalo Australia.