Centennial Parklands is one of the most cycling-friendly public spaces in Sydney, with over 750,000 cycling visits made each year (and growing).
Cycling has a rich history in the Parklands - in fact, in 1900 the Cyclists Carriage was opened in Centennial Park – five years before cars were allowed into the Park! And in 1908 the former Kiosk was refurbished into a Cyclists’ Pavilion.
Today cyclists are welcome in Centennial Parklands from sunrise to sunset, every day of the year. There are not only a range of dedicated cycle lanes and pathways around the Parklands, we are also a vital link between the City of Sydney's cycle network and the eastern suburbs cycle network - making the Parklands a key commuter space for cyclists as well.
We have a number of shared cycleways across the Parklands designed to provide safe cycling, for beginners there is the Learners Cycleway. The Grand Drive Cycle Lane provides an enjoyable experience and is a safe and accessible link into the surrounding regional cycling networks.
We encourage the safe and courteous use of the cycle areas at all times. Please remember to wear a helmet and observe the 30 km/h speed limit. Be aware of the Rules and Regulations.
Rules and regulations to observe
Like many parks around the world, Centennial Parklands has rules and regulations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors. This is no different for cyclists. These simple rules and regulations are in place for the safety of both cyclists and other park visitors. Safety is our primary concern, and we enforce these rules and regulations under NSW legislation.
These are key rules and regulations that should be observed at all times:
- Cyclists must observe the 30 km/h speed limit throughout the Parklands (unless otherwise notified).
- Cyclist must wear bicycle helmets at all times when cycling in the Parklands.
- Cyclists must observe stop signs.
- Cyclists must not ride contra-flow when on a one-way road.
- Cyclists must not ride in packs of more than 16 riders, or ride more than 2 abreast.
- Bicycle racing is not permitted, unless specifically approved by the Trust as part of an event.
- Riding a bicycle on a footpath is not permitted unless the cyclist is under 12 years of age.
- Cycling is not permitted on grass or environmentally sensitive areas due to the erosion and pedestrian safety issues.
Centennial Parklands Rangers are highly concerned about the safety of cyclists and other park visitors, and are able to stop and/or fine cyclists if they are not observing the above rules and regulations.
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