There are so many great Western Sydney bike rides.
The region is dominated by the vastness of the Western Sydney Parklands which has many great short rides and cool loops to do as well as the longest continuous cycleway in Sydney, the M7. Beyond that there are cool rides to do in Penrith, Richmond and places closer in to the city including Parramatta park and Auburn Botanical gardens.
With all the development happening across the west, including the new Badgeries Creek airport, I imagine there will be a lot more cycleways developed in the area in coming years too.
Defining what is Western Sydney and what is South West Sydney is open to discussion really. The M7 really is in Hills district, Western Sydney and South Western Sydney all at the same time, but for the purpose of this Ill make it all West all the time.
Etiquette on cycleways
Etiquette on Cycleways is just common sense really, but here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Have a bell on your bike and use your bell to alert walkers and other riders
- Stay on your side of the path and give way to oncoming riders.
- In high traffic areas moderate your speed.
- Give walkers and slower riders plenty of space when overtaking.
For parents, we all know that kids have limited situational awareness, so we have to be their eyes for them. Its important for their safety and that of others that they understand basic rules of riding.
I tend to put the slowest rider first and cruise behind them to help them alert and avoid walkers.
Learning these skills when riding on cycleways means you can be trusted to ride safely when you have to do a section of road.