Get ready for Bike Week

Outdoor adventure: NSW Bike Week is a great chance to enjoy the warmer weather and get some exercise at the same time. Photo: Shutterstock.
Outdoor adventure: NSW Bike Week is a great chance to enjoy the warmer weather and get some exercise at the same time. Photo: Shutterstock.

From September 21 to September 29, people across Oberon will join the rest of the state to help celebrate NSW Bike Week. NSW Bike Week is a government initiative that not only helps to raise the profile of cycling as an easy, low cost and environmentally friendly transport option, it also helps encourage a healthy, outdoor activity that is fun for all ages.

NSW Bike Week provides an opportunity for local communities to participate in organised bicycle events in a safe and supported environment. NSW Bike Week said their key objectives were to:

Pedal Power: Whether it is on-road or off-road, riding a bike is great for people of all ages. Photo: Shutterstock.

Pedal Power: Whether it is on-road or off-road, riding a bike is great for people of all ages. Photo: Shutterstock.

  • Reach a diverse (age, gender, ethnicity, location) range of people throughout our NSW communities with positive messages about the benefits of cycling.
  • Encourage new riders to try cycling; and encourage existing riders to participate more regularly.
  • Increase the use of local cycling infrastructure for transport and recreation.
  • Enable new and less confident cyclists to improve their cycling skills through local events.
  • Promote cycling as a convenient, fun and safe mode of transport.
  • Educate the community about the relevant road rules and the importance of road safety to protect vulnerable road users.

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Oberon will be one town participating in Bike Week with both social and organised events available. This year NSW Bike Week will combine with Oberon Outdoor Week to hold the Oberon Rat Race on Sunday, November 10.

Cycling is an easy, low cost and environmentally friendly transport option, and a healthy, outdoor activity that is fun for all ages.

The Rat Race is a Family Funduro that includes cross country running and mountain biking along the shores of Lake Oberon. A 6.5km course will provide the perfect location for a mountain bike time trial and cross country running race that will be sure to test competitors' fitness, and the day will also incorporate a beginners' downhill course giving everyone an opportunity to try mountain biking.

To find Bike Week events happening in your area, visit https://transportnsw.info/news/2019/nsw-bike-week-2019#/