Sydney South bike rides means the Cooks river, (though you could argue thats a homebush ride too) Botany bay, Cronulla and the shire and all the way up to Menai. There are some spectacular and fun rides to do here that can often include a swim. The ride along botany bay is fairly unknown but can take you from ice creams to swimming to fish and chips (then more swimming if you are up for it).
There are some great gems tucked along the Georges river, like Oatley park, things can be a bit hillier here but the scenery is worth it.
There is path around the cliffs and beaches south of Cronulla, which looks on the map to be a fantastic ride. But while the map shows it as cyclepath, it has big signs asking people not to ride. This is due I guess to the number of walkers and the cliff edge nearby.
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.