THIS September the Shoalhaven is celebrating NSW Bike Week, promoting cycling for its health benefits, low cost and environmental friendliness.
The Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group (SBUG) will run a series of free cycling events with Shoalhaven City Council from Saturday, September 14 to Sunday, September 22.
The events will allow locals to participate in organised rides and encourage new and inexperienced cyclists to join.
SBUG member Paul Hewlett said the group hoped to encourage more locals to ride bicycles and enjoy the fresh air and health benefits.
“We are hoping to get more people into riding,” Mr Hewlett said.
“If anyone wants more information about the group, come along to the Bike Week rides 10 minutes earlier and we can have a chat with you before we take off.
“These rides are great for beginners to help them find their feet on the pedals – we can give them more information about the right weekly groups to join and we also cater for more experienced riders,” he said.
Mr Hewlett asked motorists and cyclists to be courteous to one another this riding season.
“It is legal to ride two abreast but cyclists also don’t want to hold up traffic – it can be necessary to move further into the middle of the road to avoid potholes so riders don’t fall,” Mr Hewlett said.
“There are times when cyclists stay two abreast because we know it would be dangerous for a car to closely overtake.
“We ask that motorists give cyclists room and try not to overtake them in the same lane but overtake them as if they are another car on the road,” he said.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said the upcoming Bike Week events were suited to people of all ages and abilities, making the rides the perfect family friendly activity.
“Research has demonstrated cycling to provide many ongoing health benefits while it is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy together,” Cr Gash said.
“With the warmer weather already upon us, I would certainly encourage local residents to dust off the bicycle and participate in one of the upcoming Bike Week events,” she said.
Bike Week events are as follows:
On Saturday, September 14 a 20km ride from Nowra to Comerong Island Punt and return will leave at 10am from the Shoalhaven Visitor Information Centre, Nowra.
On Thursday, September 19 a 12km return ride to Huskisson will start at the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre, Vincentia at 10am.
On Saturday, September 21 a mountain bike ride through the national park will kick off at 2pm at the Lions Club Park, Dolphin Point.
Cyclists are reminded that a correctly fitted helmet must be worn by everyone riding a bicycle and children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on activities for NSW Bike Week visit the Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group website at www.shoalhavenbug .com.au or call the Shoalhaven City Council’s road safety officer on 4429 3484.