Rules & Safety

For Your Safety!

To ensure that you and your fellow riders have an enjoyable and safe Spring Cycle, please adopt safe courteous riding at all times by following these basic principles:

  1. SLOW DOWN – relax and enjoy your ride.  Remember it is not a race!
  2. Obey instructions on all event signage or as given by the Police, Route Marshals and other event personnel
  3. Comply with the NSW road rules and regulations at all times – not all roads are closed for the event.
  4. No Stopping on the Sydney Harbour Bridge at any time. Keep riding at all times!
  5. Extra care is required when riding downhill.  Slow down and ride carefully
  6. Ride on the left hand side of the road at all times
  7. Always give hand signals when veering, turning or stopping
  8. Look behind before you make any sudden changes to ensure it is safe to do so
  9. Wear a correctly fitted Australian Standards approved helmet at all times
  10. Wear bright clothing to make it easier for other road users to see you
  11. Ring your bell and call “passing” when overtaking other cyclists. Always overtake on the right
  12. Call “stopping” if you are slowing down rapidly or stopping to reduce the risk of someone running up the back of you
  13. Keep at least two bike lengths behind the cyclist in front when riding in a group.  Remember if you tip the wheel in front it is almost always you who falls!
  14. Share the cycleways with other users, keep to the left
  15. Watch your speed, it’s not a race

Please note:  Under normal traffic conditions it is illegal for bicycles to ride on the lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bride, Cahill Express and the Western Distributor – penalties apply.  Cycleways are on the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (from Milsons Point to The Rocks) and the eastern side of Cockle Bay (from King Street to Pyrmont Bridge).

Keep up and keep pedaling!

While we encourage you to have a break at the at the Rest Stops and soak up the amazing scenes of Sydney and local atmosphere, please remember that the route and rest stops for the Spring Cycle will only remain open for specific time durations.  After this time, the route and roads will be progressively returned to regular road conditions.  Please follow instructions of any official event personnel when you are asked to move along the route.

Can’t make the distance?

It should be noted that if you are unable to meet the route closure times or need to depart the designated event route at any time, you do so as a solo, unaccompanied cyclist under regular road conditions without any event support.  Should this occur, you are no longer a participant in the event and we ask that you remove your official Rider Number.

We do provide a Sweep Bus with bike trailer for those who are unable to keep up or pedal to the finish.  The Sweep Bus will drop you and your bicycle to the nearest rest stop, finish site or train station so that you can make independent transport arrangements back home or to the finish line.

Take Care!

  • Do not stop on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is for your safety! We have thousands of riders to get across so it is important that you keep riding and do not stop on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Be careful as you enter or exit the Sydney City Ride Finish Site at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont. Look both ways and keep to the left at all times
  • Take care after you pass the Convention Centre as most of the route from here is with live traffic on open roads
  • Slow your speed as you approach Wattle Street in Pyrmont, this is a steep downhill
  • Take care crossing Darley Road in Leichardt.  Traffic control will be at this point but it is a busy road with no traffic lights and you must stop before crossing
  • The turn from Queen Street into Pomeroy Street at North Strathfield is a busy roundabout followed by a downhill with traffic lights – please keep to the left
  • Ride in single file and slowly on the cycleway under Homebush Bay Drive as you will negotiate a sharp turn in this section of the ride
  • Please ride carefully through Sydney Olympic Park cycleways.  These are open to the public and are popular with other cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Take care exiting the cycleway from John Whitton Bridge onto Bay Drive as you will need to perform a sharp u-turn onto the road.
  • Some areas on the course are off-road dedicated cycleways that may include varying surfaces including timber ‘boardwalk’ style.  Please slow down through these areas.
  • Take care when you approach the sharp right turn on the cycleway at Silverwater Bridge.  You will need to approach the turn slowly and ride in single file across the bridge.
  • Entering Blaxland Riverside Park is a high pedestrian area plus the new kids play area will be full of kids on the day. Riders should be warned and asked to slow down take care through this section.
  • Follow the direction of Police and event marshals to ensure your safety at all times along the route

Spring Cycle is the jewel in Bicycle NSW’s crown and plays a massive role in helping us create a better environment for cycling so enjoy your ride, thank the friendly volunteers you pass along the way and look out for your fellow cyclists.

The Spring Cycle is proudly supported by Roads and Maritime Services