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From today until Wednesday, Ballina Shire Council will be spotlighting safety on bikes.

‘Cycling is a great way to get fit and see the sights of Ballina. We want to make sure that cyclists on the road and on shared paths are safe,’ said Ballina Council’s Road Safety Officer, Helen Carpenter.

‘Whether you’re on your bike, driving, or walking we all have a role to play in cycling safety,’ she said.

To help promote bike safety, Ballina Council has free give-aways of bells, saddle bags, mini pumps, water bottles and safety information on the shared paths during this bike safety week.

Look out for Ballina Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer at these locations:

  • Monday 21 August: 7.30am to 8.30am at the Coastal Shared Path, Angels Beach (near The Coast Road carpark, opposite Beachfront Parade).
  • Tuesday 22 August 2023: 8.30am to 9.30am at the North Wall shared path, East Ballina (near the Coastguard Tower).
  • Wednesday 23 August 2023: 9am to 10am at the Kerry Saxby Walkway and shared path, Ballina (near The Spit carpark/ picnic area).

The event is supported by Transport for NSW, and Ballina Shire Council. For more information, contact Helen Carpenter at Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.

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How to keep cyclists safe

  • On roads where the speed limit is 60km/hour or less, drivers must give cyclists 1 metre passing distance.
  • On roads where the speed limit is over 60km/hour, drivers must give cyclists 1.5 metres passing distance.
  • On shared paths, cyclists and pedestrians should keep left and share the track.
  • Cyclists on shared paths should travel at a safe speed for the environment and ring their bell when approaching other people.
  • Pedestrians on shared paths can help by keeping dogs on short leashes and moving off the path if stopped.
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