Kiama Council wishes all our cyclists a happy, healthy and safe World Bicycle Day (3 June).
As well as a bike-riding Mayor (below), our municipality boasts more than 270 km of roads and 77 km of footpaths and cycleways, through some of the best scenery you could hope to pedal through.
Maintaining these roads, paths and cycleways is one way Council supports the objectives of our Community Strategic Plan of a Healthy, Safe and Inclusive Community as well as Well Planned and Managed Spaces.
The World Health Organization cites safe infrastructure for walking and cycling as a pathway for greater health equity, allowing those who cannot afford cars a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death.
Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle is also recognised as a critical part in helping manage population growth without increased emissions, and helps improve air quality and road safety.
We encourage our residents and visitors to familiarise themselves with how to stay safe when cycling, including how to use our shared pathway networks.
- Remember to always keep to the left and if you need to overtake someone keep at least 1.5 metres away
- If you are with another person you need to walk in a single file
- If you are on a bike, make sure you alert people to the fact that you are overtaking so that they have time to move to the edge of the path