SBUG Weekend away to Broulee – 24th August, 2018

Riding Two Abreast

30 May 2018

Cyclists often ride two abreast for a reason.  It’s safer. It increases visibility and reduces the chances of being in an accident with a motor vehicle.

Bicycle riders are one of the most vulnerable road users, and riding two abreast make them more visible.  Two riders cycling side by side can be seen from much further away, than a single rider. Being able to see riders from a further distance will enable drivers to prepare to overtake the riders safely, in accordance with the Minimum Passing Distance law.

Riding two abreast also allows the motorist to overtake the group of riders more quickly as the line is only about half as long. This allows the vehicle to pass the group less time (giving for moving in and out to the correct location on the road).  A good overtake is safer for everyone, the other vehicles on the road, the driver and their passengers and all the riders on the road in the group.

Broken Centre Line Overtaking is legal, when safe to do so.

Unbroken Centre Line Overtaking is legal, when safe to do so.

What do cyclists need to know about riding two abreast?

Cyclists must be within 1.5 metres of each other when riding two abreast.  A third rider can overtake these two riders, but cannot continue to ride beside them.

Riders should be courteous and consider other roads users around them, and if safe may change to single file in some circumstances.

What do drivers need to know when overtaking cyclists riding two abreast? 

Only overtake when it is safe and legal to do so. We want all road users to get to their destinations safely.

Drivers in NSW must provide a minimum of 1 metre when overtaking 1 bike rider or multiple.  When the speed limit is 60km/h or under, drivers must provide 1 metre when overtaking – this is measured from the furthest point of vehicle (i.e. mirror) to the furthest point of the cyclists (i.e. handle bars, cyclists elbow). If the speed limit is over 60km/h, drivers must provide 1.5 metres of space when overtaking.

Drivers are able to cross double lines and go on painted islands to provide bike riders with this distance, if it is safe to do so.


A few seconds can save a life so please be patient. Our roads are shared spaces. Mutual respect and cooperation are the key to ensure everyone remains safe. 

Minimum Passing Distance – Update

In May 2018, after a 2 year trial, the Minimum Passing Distance became permanent law in NSW.  Providing space when overtaking cyclists, is helping to protect our most vulnerable road users.


What is the Minimum Passing Distance? 

When driving 60km/h and under, a motor vehicle must provide bike riders 1 metre of space when overtaking.

When driving over 60km/h, a motor vehicle must provide 1.5 metres of space when overtaking.


The measurement is taken from the widest part of the bike (i.e. handle bars) to the widest part of the motor vehicle (i.e. a mirror)

Exemptions to the law that enable driver to provide bike riders with this space. 


Drivers will be exempt from the following rules, as long as it is safe to pass the bicycle rider with at least a metre of space and they have a clear view of approaching traffic:

  • Keep to the left of the centre of the road (two-way road with no dividing line)
  • Keep to the left of the centre of a dividing line – broken and unbroken lines
  • Keep off a flat dividing strip
  • Keep off a flat painted island
  • Driving within a single marked lane or line of traffic
  • Moving from one marked lane to another across a continuous line separating the lanes

Extending the courtesy to paths

When riding on shared path and footpaths, we strongly encourage riders to give pedestrians and other riders 1 metre of space when overtaking.

Bike riders are allowed to ride on footpaths if they are under the age of 12, or are with an under 12 bike rider. This means that parents, guardians, friends and siblings aged 12 years or over are legally allowed to ride on the footpath if they are accompanying a rider under 12. Read more about footpath riding in NSW here.

SBUG Christmas Party

We are now taking bookings and monies for our annual party to be held at Portside restaurant (indoors), Huskisson on Saturday evening 9th December.
Prices for three courses – $35 members and $45 non members if accompanied by a member. ie, if you and your non-member partner come it will be $80 total.

Please pay by direct deposit to BSB  633000  ACC  156821456

We have booked out the whole restaurant but numbers are limited. Pay now and don’t miss out!

Menu and other details to follow.

Learn to Ride Sussex Inlet Launched

The project received funding from three partners including $20,000 from the Gilmore Stronger Communities Program Federal Funding from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; $5000 from Sussex Inlet Rotary and the bulk of the funding $65,000 from Shoalhaven City Council’s minor improvements budget.

Mayor Amanda Findley is very thankful for the funding, “We would like to thank the Federal Government and Sussex Inlet Rotary for supporting the project to ensure children can learn to ride their bikes safely, off the roads, in a simulated road environment.  This facility educates children on road safety, provides enjoyment, as well as peace of mind to parents. The extra funding and support is very much appreciated to allow us to build something for the children and parents in the area.”

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said she was delighted to support a facility that teaches children how to ride a bike and bike rules, “It is great to see this project come to together, it will be an important community asset offering both a fun environment for young people and the opportunity to practice their skills,” she said.

Council worked side by side with the community in consulting with their needs holding onsite meetings with community group representatives and local primary school students to examine the need for a Learn to Ride facility and potential new sites.  Site investigations specifically focused on public reserves with existing recreation facilities and how to minimise the requirement for vegetation removal.

Review of BIKE WEEK 2017

On Sunday 17th September, 50 riders joined our Bike Week ride from Huskisson to Plantation Point, Vincentia and return. The day was fine and sunny with a light breeze. Riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed an easy ride along the shared pathway beside the picturesque Jervis Bay. Thanks to Shoalhaven City Council, Bicycle NSW and Shoalhaven Bicycle User Group members for organising and supporting this annual event.


Photo #1.  Peter Hewlett, SBUG Rides Coordinator, Nam Collins, Bicycle NSW, Sharon Liddicoat, Shoalhaven City Council and Menno Van Doorn SBUG Ride Leader.

Photo #2. Riders at the halfway point of the ride, Plantation Point, Vincentia.

For more photos of the event go to the website Gallery.


Fun and friendly cycling events around the Shoalhaven

Get active Shoalhaven – It’s Bike Week!  Shoalhaven City Council is inviting the community to jump on your bike and join fun filled rides around the Shoalhaven area during NSW Bike Week which is held from 16-24 September 2017.

NSW Bike Week is an annual celebration of cycling which aims to:

  • Increase the use of local cycling infrastructure for transport and recreation
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for new and less confident cyclists to improve their cycling skills
  • Educate the community on the importance of road safety and road rules
  • Promote cycling as a safe and healthy mode of transport for short trips.

There are two NSW Bike Week events in the Shoalhaven:

Saturday 16 September from 2pm Dolphin Point.  Join an easy paced mountain bike ride through the pristine National Park enjoying the terrain and the wonders of nature. On your return, enjoy lunch and cook a BBQ or have a picnic using BBQ facilities available in the park. Meet at 2pm at Lions Club Park, Dolphin Point. Mountain bikes are advisable. Suitable for beginners.

Sunday 17 September 2017 from 9am Huskisson.  Join an easy flat bike ride from Huskisson to Plantation Point. Flat roads and generous shared pathways will make your ride enjoyable while you take in the breathtaking scenery of Jervis Bay.  The ride is 12 km from White Sands Park (next to Huskisson Pub) Huskisson where you meet at 9am to ride to Plantation Point and return. On return, support the Jervis Bay Lions Club who will be providing lunch (at your own expense) at White Sands Park.

Transport for NSW, in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services has provided funding for Shoalhaven City Council to run Bike Week events. A special thank you to Mountain Cycles (Ulladulla), Milton Ulladulla Mountain Bike Club and Shoalhaven Bicycle Users Group (SBUG) for supporting these events.

For further information please contact Shoalhaven City Council’s Traffic Unit on Tel: 4429 3625.

Driver Education

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry – Driver Education, Training and Road Safety

Watch for cyclists sign In February, Bicycle NSW along with 75 other bodies, made a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry in to Driver Education, Training and Road Safety. You can read our submission on the NSW Parliament Inquiry website. Our main recommendations were:
  • To include approved bicycle safety courses in the total training hours for Learners that count towards their logbook.
  • Driver Education be included as a compulsory part of the Year 10 PDHPE curriculum in NSW High Schools
  • Include a Vulnerable Road Users component in the Learner rules testing and practical examination
  • For NSW Drivers to undergo a computer based Rules test every 5 years which must include a Vulnerable Road Users component
  • A high priority be given to ongoing driver education through effective media campaigns
  • Transport infrastructure projects to include a component for the Positive Provision of Active Transport Infrastructure
  • The bicycle infrastructure component of the total transport infrastructure budget be raised to 5%
On May 22nd, we appeared alongside the Amy Gillett Foundation and the Australian Cycle Alliance, to present further to the inquiry on our recommendations and need for greater education across all road users. The topic has garnered significant media interest resulting in news articles and radio interviews. We spoke to 2HD Newcastle ahead of the hearing and discussed the proposal and the work our local affiliated BUG, Newcastle Cycleways Movement have been doing in pushing for the CycleSafe Network. We will continue to update our members and stakeholders as the outcomes from the Inquiry are made available.


L’Étape Australia is the only official Tour de France event in Australia. It is open to riders of all abilities and provides cyclist with the closest experience to riding in the Tour de France an amateur can have.

At the front of the main peloton, there is an official Elite Wave sanctioned by NSW – AusCycling. The best cyclists in the country will come to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands to compete in L’Étape Australia.