Cycling Safety is Priority for Ballina Bike Week
21 to 29 September 2019 is NSW Bike Week. The annual state-wide event promotes cycling as a healthy, easy, low cost and environmentally friendly transport option, especially for short trips.
“Cycling is a great way to get fit and see the sights of Ballina. We want to make sure that cyclists on the road and on shared paths are safe. Whether you’re on your bike, driving, or walking we all have a role to play in cycling safety,” said Ms Helen Carpenter, Ballina Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer.
In Ballina, the top priority is cycling safety.
· On roads where the speed limit is 60km/hour or less, drivers must give cyclists 1 metre passing distance.
· On roads where the speed limit is over 60km/hour, drivers must give cyclists 1.5 metres passing distance.
· On shared paths, cyclists and pedestrians should keep left and share the track.
· Cyclists on shared paths should travel at a safe speed for the environment and ring their bell when approaching other people.
· Pedestrians on shared paths can help by keeping dogs on short leashes and moving off the path if stopped.
Look out for Bike Week give-aways of bells, slap bands, phone pouches, repair kits, spokey dokeys and safety information on the shared paths during bike week:
· Tuesday 24 September 7.30am to 8.30am – Shared Coastal Path, Angels Beach (The Coast Road carpark, opposite Beachfront Parade)
· Wednesday 25 September 9am to 10am – Pat Morton Lookout
· Wednesday 25 September 10.30am to 11.30am – North Wall shared path (Coastguard Tower)
· Thursday 26 September 9am to 10.30am – Kerry Saxby Walk and shared path (The Spit carpark/ picnic area)
The event is supported by Transport for NSW, and Ballina Shire Council.
For more information, contact Helen Carpenter (Road Safety Officer), Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.