It's time to get back on your bike

RIDING a bicycle is like falling off a log - once you learn how to do it, you never forget.

Lots of seniors are rediscovering the joys of cycling. The fresh air, exercise and social possibilities are all great reasons to dust off that old pushbike and hit the cycle paths.

Brisbane City Council is doing its bit by upgrading and creating cycle paths that enable people to get around the city without the fear of tangling with traffic.

The new upgrade of the Kedron Brook Bikeway from Shand St to Royal Pde is a great example of their work.

But there are certain cycle etiquettes that must be adhered to.

Remember there are others using the paths, both cyclists and pedestrians.

In fact, footpaths are primarily meant for use by pedestrians and you must keep left and give way to them. You must also ride to the left of any cyclists coming towards you.

One of the pleasant things about being out on your bike is having the chance to say "hi" to others you meet.

A wave or just a nod of the head brings a smile and strengthens a sense of community, something that's nearly as endangered nowadays as native wildlife.

Don't forget you have a bell and remember to use it properly. Waiting until you're almost on top of someone and then scaring them out of their wits will more than likely result in them jumping in front of your bike instead of to the side.

Also remember to watch out for small children and dogs - they're unpredictable so be prepared for the unexpected.

If you see a hazard during your ride (maybe a fallen branch or tree), report it to the council by calling the council's customer contact centre on 3403 8888.

Providing them with as much detail and where it is located, will help the council officers respond as soon as possible.

Finally, check out Cycling Brisbane, the council's free-to-join membership, dedicated to all things cycling in our city.

Find events, bicycle skills sessions, guided rides, safety information and discounts from supporting businesses or use the new online route planning tool to plan your next ride, all at www.cyclingbrisbane.com.au or phone freecall 1800 010 705.

- Courtesy Cycling Brisbane


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