Getting started
  • Last updated:
  • 14 Jul 2020

Whatever your skill level you can make the most of the Sunshine Coast's many cycling routes. The more you practice, the better you'll get and the more comfortable you will feel in the saddle, even a short ride to the shops can be enjoyable. If you are new to cycling or not a confident rider then we recommend you use our extensive off-road pathway network to get around pathways, tracks and trails. Cycling is permitted on all off-road pathways unless sign posted otherwise however you are not permitted to cycle on the Sunshine Motorway and sections of the Bruce Highway.

Bicycle safety and the rules

If you are riding on the road, you must follow the road rules which can be found on the QLD Governments Bicycle road rules and safety page.

When on the road you must:

  • ride as close as possible to the left side (or on the road shoulder) on a single lane road. Or, you may take up any position within the lane on a multi-lane road
  • ride to the left of any oncoming vehicle
  • not overtake another vehicle on the left if that vehicle is indicating and turning left
  • not overtake another vehicle on the left if it is not safe
  • not ride with more than 2 riders side by side unless you are overtaking another rider
  • ride no more than 1.5m apart, if travelling beside another rider
  • wear an Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet that complies with AS 2063 or AS/NZS 2063.

Safety tips:

Remember to be alert, look out for cars and pedestrians, especially near driveways and in car parks, use your bell. Make it easy for people to see you by wearing bright clothing and using a front and rear bike light both day and night. Sometimes it's safest to walk your bike when crossing the road, especially at a busy intersection.

If you plan to ride on shared pathways please:

  1. take care at blind corners
  2. keep left and pass on the right
  3. slow down and let people know when you are approaching
  4. be mindful of others and watch for dismount signs.

Bicycle selection and maintenance

Choosing the right bike for you and maintaining your bicycle is very important. The best bike for you will depend on the type of riding you plan to do. Your bike shop can help you choose the best bike for the type of cycling you want to do and the correct bike size so you can handle your bike safely. It's important that you make sure your seat height is set correctly and you are comfortable in your riding position to maintain proper control.

Check list:

  • your brakes are working
  • the bell is loud enough
  • the handle bars are easy to reach
  • the bike chain is clean and oiled
  • the wheels turn smoothly
  • your pedals are tight
  • the seat is level and
  • the tyres are pumped and firm.

If you are ever in doubt about how to maintain and set-up your bike, take it to a bike shop.

Remember the more you practice, the better you will get and the more confident you will be, so take the step and start your journey today.

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