Celebrate Bike Week in Ballina

NSW Bike Week is being celebrated across New South Wales from 17 September to 25 September.

Its aim is to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy, easy, low-cost and environmentally friendly alternative to driving for short trips in the local community.

Travelling by bike to school, work or to collect the milk and bread is a less stressful alternative to driving during peak traffic periods, and the easiest way to find 30 minutes of exercise per day to increase your fitness, concentration and well-being, says Jodie Hewett, Ballina Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer.

Ballina Shire Council is urging anyone who enjoys cycling to grab their helmet and jump on their bike to attend Ballina Council’s Bike Week event this Sunday 18 September at Shaws Bay, near the entrance to Shaws Bay Caravan Park.

Ballina Bike Sunday kicks off at 8.30am with a 15 kilometre social ride for the more experienced rider and a shorter 5 kilometre ride for beginners and families.

The social rides will be followed by bicycle maintenance checks, tips on road safety, road rules, promotion of Council’s shared pathways, sun safety information and a free BBQ for all participants, provided by Ballina SES.

The activities will take place at Shaws Bay Reserve from 8.30am–11am this Sunday and will be co-ordinated by Ballina Shire Council, local bicycle retailers and members of Ballina’s Bicycle User Group.

Ballina’s Bike Sunday is sponsored by the RTA as part of NSW Bike Week. For more information on NSW Bike Week visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au

For further information on Ballina Council’s Bike Week event phone Ballina Council on 6686 1427 or email jodieh@ballina.nsw.gov.au.

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