Cycling is a great way to keep fit, reduce your impact on the environment and is often a faster way to travel when compared to other modes of transport.
Willoughby City Council is committed to promoting and providing for cycling within Willoughby. A number of shared and dedicated cycle paths have been constructed throughout the area, with more planned. The Willoughby Bike Plan provides a plan to meet Council’s aims of increasing cycling, reducing the impact of private motor vehicles on the region and promoting greater levels of community health.
The Willoughby Council Bicycle Consultative Committee provides a forum for bicycle riders to make plans and discuss issues with Councillors and Council staff. It meets approximately 4 times a year and gives Council advice on facilities and design. Resident suggestions for cycling infrastructure improvements and requests for bike racks are welcome and can be made by contacting Council’s Transport Planner on 9777 1000.
Bike sharing is an emerging and developing technology that makes cycling a convenient and cost-effective transport option. Bike share programs typically involve hiring a bicycle for a fee from an operator, which is either collected from a docking station or from the street (dockless bikes). Bike share operators and users must adhere to NSW road and cyclist rules and Council’s guidelines.
Bike share programs are entirely managed by commercial operators, not Council. Contact the bike share companies directly with any enquiries.
Current operators in the Willoughby LGA are:
Cycling Workshops and Education Programs
Every year Council hosts a number of events to promote cycling in Willoughby. Regular bicycle maintenance workshops and cycling skills sessions are held for families, beginner, intermediate and commuter cyclists. These workshops will increase your knowledge and bike skills to keep you riding safely and confidently. Council also supports Bike Week and Ride to Work Day which take place from September onwards. Information on upcoming cycling events can be found in our current Activities Brochure and in Diary Dates.
Council provides bicycle racks at key locations throughout the area. Secure bicycle lockers are available for hire at Chatswood, St Leonards, and Artarmon train stations, or through Transport Info. Secure bicycle parking is also available on level B1 of the Chatswood Chase car park with free public showers and lockers.
Bicycle Commuting Groups
Bicycle commuting groups are a great way for those interested in commuting by bike to get started. Riding with a commuting group allows people to build confidence by learning local bicycle routes, time to gain confidence on the road as well as the opportunity to become part of a cycling community.
Contact Bike North to connect with local cyclists and find out more on cycling events and activities.