Bicycle NSW is a member-based association and our mission is simple:
To promote, advocate, and support cycling in all its forms as an environmentally sustainable and healthy form of transport, recreation and tourism through the engagement of government, industry and the community at all levels.
The objects of the Association are:
- to conserve and protect the natural environment through the promotion of cycling as an environmentally beneficial means of transport
- to promote the use of the Bicycle as a key element of ecologically sustainable development practices
- to promote Bicycle transport as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air and water quality, reducing non-renewable energy consumption and improving land use
- to promote the use of the Bicycle as a healthy, environmentally sustainable means of recreation and tourism and enhancing accessibility and personal mobility in the community
- to promote education of cyclists and other road users in the interest of road safety
- to advocate enforcement of the rights and obligations of cyclists
- to advocate engineering and equipment appropriate for the use of cyclists
Why do we do this?
- to promote bike riding as a sustainable means of transport
- to protect the environment
- to lead people to a healthier, more active lifestyle
- oh, and because riding a bike’s good fun…
We also work hard to promote road safety education of cyclists and other road users, and to bring about improved conditions and better facilities for cyclists.
We work collaboratively with many areas of government, industry and the community (including some 650 committed volunteers) to deliver broad-based community participation cycling events, behaviour change programs and advocacy initiatives.
Established in 1976, we now have over 50 affiliated local community-based Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) around NSW. As well as working closely with their respective local councils, BUGs run over 100 community-based rides throughout NSW every month.
The organisation provides a range of insurance products and cycling-related services to its members. Bicycle NSW also publishes a national bi-monthly magazine, Australian Cyclist, six times a year.
In 2004 the Federal Government accepted the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust onto the Register of Environmental Organisations.