During the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re offering free 1-on-1 bike riding lessons with qualified instructors from BikeWise.
The pandemic has seen a huge uptake of bike riding across Sydney. As essential workers look to avoid public transport and residents seek family friendly exercise options, bike shops are being overwhelmed with sales and repairs. The reduction in traffic is helping new riders take that first step too, along with actions such Centennial Park being closed to cars on weekends.
“There's a bike riding boom happening in Sydney, and we want to make sure everyone's experience is a confident and safe one on Sydney's streets,” said Fiona Campbell, from the City of Sydney’s walking and cycling team.
To help support new riders, we’re turning our popular Cycling in the City course into a 1-on-1 session and making the lesson completely free.
A BikeWise instructor will meet you at a location close to your home, where your bike will be safety checked and sanitised.
During the 2-hour session, your instructor will teach skills and techniques for effective, safe and confident riding. You’ll practice real on-street scenarios, including lane positioning, signalling, managing intersections, braking and gear selection.
Your instructor will help you with route selection, to pick a smooth and safe way to get around. They'll even help you work out the best route between home and work.
“It’s great to see new riders taking advantage of this offer, realising how easy it is to get around by bike in Sydney,” said Patrick Jones, founder of BikeWise. “Hopefully bike riding becomes a regular part of life for them, and they keep it up once things return to normal.”
This free service is only available to City of Sydney residents, or people who work in the City of Sydney, for individuals or small groups from the same household.