Key things to know for March 1 2016

From Bicycle NSW

New laws and increased penalties will come into effect for motorists and bike riders in New South Wales on 1 March 2016.

One we welcome – the minimum passing distance. On the others, we continue to question and challenge the Government in regard to their proposed positive impacts for bike rider safety while continuing to push for improved cycling infrastructure to increase rider safety.

In the meantime, as the Calendar ticks over to March 1 – what are the key things for you to be aware of in regard to maximising the safety of cyclists and minimising the impact on your wallet as a driver and a rider?

1. Minimum Passing Distance
Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space when the speed limit is 60km or less; and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.
To help drivers provide the minimum distance, some exemptions to the road rules will apply (click here for full information from the NSW Centre for Road Safety).
The penalty for drivers caught failing to give the minimum distance will be a $319 fine and the loss of two demerit points.

2. Increased Fines for Bike Riders:
Fines for the five offences below will increase significantly for bicycle riders as of March 1 2016.
Not wearing a helmet (up from $71 to $319)
Running a red light (up from $71 to 425)
Riding dangerously (up from $71 to $425)
Holding on to a moving vehicle (up from $71 to $319)
Not stopping at children’s/ pedestrian crossings (up from $71 to $425)
Penalties for other bicycle rider offences will also increase from $71 to $106 – which also includes riding without a working warning device, eg a bike bell.

3. Compulsory Photo ID (Drivers Licence/ NSW Photo ID/ Passport etc)
According to a media release issued by the office of Duncan Gay (Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight) – “the requirement for bicycle riders to produce photo identification when stopped by police who suspect they have committed an offence will start in 2017”.
The release further states that “The next 12 months is about education and getting cyclists to start carrying identification…”.

As we have previously voiced, we disagree with many aspects of the Government’s approach. Despite this, we want to ensure all of our members and supporters are aware of the current state of play and how it will stand as of 1 March 2016.

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Our new spring and early summer rides now online

We’ve just uploaded a new batch of upcoming social rides for October through to January.

Check out Evan’s new ride from Liverpool to Charlie Lovett, Phillip’s  Parramatta to Windsor & Return, Maree’s Botany Bay Foreshore Ride, Alison’s Taste of Asia Dinner  Ride and Elaena’s Dinner and Christmas lights…and many more.

If you’ve been hibernating over winter, dust off your trusty steed and join us!  All welcome, no one ever left behind.

Great Cycle Challenge

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The 2015 Great Cycle Challenge starts on Thursday…

Sign up now and challenge yourself to ride next month – entry is FREE!

Great Cycle Challenge is Australia’s largest virtual cycling event that encourages all riders to get on their bikes and clock their kilometres throughout October.

All ages. All fitness levels. Any location. Just ride.

There are 7,735 riders already registered across Australia to be part of this year’s challenge – will you join them?

To learn more, view about the challenge, how it works or go to the website.

How does it work? Good question!
The idea of Great Cycle Challenge is that you set yourself a KM goal to pedal throughout October and record your rides over the month to reach your target. Your target could be to pedal 100km or 1,000km and you can ride to work, on weekends or clock your kilometres indoors on a spin bike.

You’ll get the FREE Great Cycle Challenge app to record your rides, but you can also use Strava, MayMyRide or your existing GPS device (Garmin etc). All apps will automatically sync with your personal online rider page to track your progress throughout the month.

It’s a great way to get some exercise, achieve your fitness goals and get on your bike!

We hope to see you riding this October in the 2015 Great Cycle Challenge.

Have a great day.
The Bicycle NSW Team

P.S. Register now for FREE and join the challenge today – it starts on Thursday!

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Tonight’s dinner ride cancelled

The BOM is predicting a thunderstorm this evening with winds. With the already waterlogged ground we are concerned that the heavily treed areas we were going to ride through could be a little risky.

We’ll run the CBD to East Hills ride again in Spring when hopefully the weather will be kinder to riders.