Cycling offers many advantages over car travel. It’s cheaper, cleaner, great exercise and can be quicker, especially in peak hour.

Did you know 10% of the trips made in urban areas are less than 1km, while 30% are less than 3km - ideal distances for walking or cycling.

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Benefits of cycling

There are many benefits including:

  • Improved health (mind and body)
    Cycling keeps you physically fit but also reduces stress and depression
  • Being good for the environment
    Cycling can reduce air and noise pollution
  • Keeping communities connected
    Cycling will get you out of the house and meeting new people
  • Time saving
    Cycling can save you time getting to work, school and play especially in urban areas
  • Money saving
    Transportation costs represent 16 per cent of total household expenditure. Cycling costs are far less and bike parking is free

There are specific road rules for bicycles and cyclists, see Transport & Main Roads

Cycling safety tips

  • Wear an Australian Standards approved helmet
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stay visible - wear reflective clothes
  • Have lights on your bike
  • Have working brakes and a bell
  • Obey all road rules, even when on pathways
  • Know your fitness level and ride appropriately

For more safety tips, road rules and bicycle information, see:

Pathways and bikeways

Council provides an extensive walking and cycling network consisting of on-road bike lanes and off-road shared pathways. Council’s network is continually growing.

Bikes and public transport

It is possible to incorporate cycling with public transport to get you to your destination.

Bikes and buses:

  • Currently bicycles are not permitted on buses
  • Cyclists can ride in bus lanes; however, cyclists can not ride on busways

Bikes and Trains:

  • You can take you bike on to trains outside peak travel hours
  • Queensland Rail provides bike parking at selected train stations
  • Queensland Rail for more tips on taking your bike on trains

Cycling is a great way to get to work and school just ensure you:

  • Familiarise yourself with the bicycle road rules
  • Familiarise yourself with the cycling safety tips
  • Plan, practise and time your route
  • Locate secure parking or end-of-trip facilities near your destination
  • Encourage others to cycle
  • Cycle in groups

Basic bicycle maintenance

A well-maintained bicycle will perform better and will be more reliable. Servicing and repairing your bicycle can be inexpensive compared with looking after a car and by doing some regular maintenance you can reduce the need for future repairs.

Basic tool kit would include:

  • Puncture-repair kit
  • Pump to suit your valve
  • Small phillips head and flathead screwdrivers
  • Set of allen keys to suit your bike
  • Set of spanners (8-15mm)
  • Cleaning rag and old toothbrush
  • Bicycle specific chain lubricant

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