"Gawd, so much for uniformity, but I'm actually pleased to know that footpath cycling isn't legal here and NSW. It only marginalises cycling - most common, non-profane remake out of a car window in Tasmania is, "Use the…"
"Cheers for comments Steve, I've been on it every day and getting the hang of things albeit bit slow (but steadier!)
Bit of a bugger about the footpaths here but understandable, I use em if I have to & I do walk it and give pedestrians right…"
we are only allowed on footpaths when they are a shared path or we are under 12 years old or accompanying a cyclist under 12.
It seems that NSW have the same rules."
"I may be wrong, and it may have since been revoked (pretty sure it hasn't), but footpath cycling was made legal in Australia in 1993 as part of the Hawke/Keating 10 point road safety package. It's only illegal as far as I know where…"
"Or do a "hook turn" - head down the left side of the intersection on the street you're on, then at the left side of the cross street, face the direction of the cross st and wait for the green light.
"Good idea to join a BUG because other riders can teach you practical tips like .......
When looking behind you to check traffic stand up on your pedals, this will ensure the bike doesn't go all wobbly because it's easier to turn your…"
"You know, I tested out my "rights" today and took up the road because I felt it was safer than clinging to the left (it was my small "whoohoo"moment), and looking through advice & sites there are so many obvious things that…"
"more great advice Thanks Steve....
what are the disadvantages of a d lock? I got a Tioga platinum( it comes with an attachment that can fasten it to bike when not in use- I've been searching google because I can't for the life of me…"
I agree with what everyone has said, and I'd add this.
Riding in company is a great confidence booster. Commute to the city on a well-used bike lane that is full of bikes in peak hour. Riding as much as possible - to the shops, to…"
"Hey George, some employers (assuming you're planning to ride to work) have bike parking spaces tucked away in not well publicised corners of their buildings, worth a look into that for secure long term.
I use a cable lock for short term…"
"Thanks Weg, a lot of info out there- cheers for the links! The cycling world is another planet eh :) , found some good stuff (maps, rules etc...) through the sites you mentioned- and more through links in them...the car park tip is good- am quite…"
"Don't worry; traffic can be intimidating. And good on you for getting started, and waiting at reds! Have a look at this US video which demonstrates theory and techniques for riding in traffic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU4nKKq02BU…"
"I prefer Swanston St to Bowen Lane.... it's a bit more public. Oh, also, you can get a place in a cage in building 51 I believe. See the Student Union and/or RMIT security.
And +1 to Walter's suggestion. Obey the road rules. You'll…"
"Thank you Wal, I didn't consider taking wheel off to lock with frame, and I'm happy to hear it's not stupid about lights- I was so nervous today I walked my bike home from bike shop along a lot of footpaths that had traffic close to…"