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Cycle way to Botany Bay

The Ryde to Botany Bay cycleway - Stage One

Cycle along the historic Cooks River and have a great day out! The Ryde to Botany Bay Cycleway is 23km long starting at Settlers Park in Ryde, travelling through Gough Whitlam Park and finishing at Botany Bay. Enjoy the many parks dotted along the cycleway which have great spots for BBQ's and picnics.

Canterbury City has two main bicycle paths:

  1. Cooks River bicycle path - extends from Punchbowl Road in Belfield to Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood
  2. M5 bicycle path - extends from Salt PanCreek to King GeorgesRoad, with a proposed extension to WaterworthPark.

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Canterbury City Cycleway Plan

Enjoy our Cycleways!

Some of our finest cycleways are along the foreshore of the historic Cooks River and take in some fantastic open spaces, parks and playgrounds. We've produced a Cycleway Plan to showcase our bike paths and to make getting around our City easier, safer and more enjoyable. Our Cycleway Plan gives details of some of our great parks and places of interest where cyclists can stop to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery and birdlife that inhabits the River's foreshore. Call us on 9789 9300 to get your FREE copy and start cycling now!

Canterbury City Cycleway Plan(PDF, 3MB)

Cycling Rules and Safety Tips

Shared Paths

Shared paths are paths built specifically to be shared by pedestrians and cyclists as well as people on skateboards, scooters or roller blades. Shared paths are sign posted to let you know that you must share the path.


  • KEEP LEFT » Walk on the left side of the shared path wherever possible.
  • WATCH OUT » For people on bicycles, skateboards, scooters or roller blades.
  • HOLD HANDS » Keep children out of the way of traffic.
  • CONTROL DOGS » Keep them on a short lead.


  • STAY SAFE » Ride at a safe speed.
  • KEEP LEFT » Ride on the left side of the shared path except when overtaking slower traffic.
  • WATCH OUT » For pedestrians particularly children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • USE YOUR BELL » Warn pedestrians that you are approaching.

Rules and Safety Tips for Cyclists

Cyclists must obey the same road rules and regulations as other motorists. All of the road rules relating to cyclists can be obtained by contacting your local motor registry and asking for the latest Road User Handbook. The following rules and safety tips listed below are important to remember.

Safety Equipment

  • HELMETS » All cyclists must correctly wear a helmet approved by Standards Australia. Your helmet should be properly fitted and positioned on your head and must be securely fastened.
  • CLOTHING » Wear bright coloured clothing so that other road users will notice you.
  • LIGHTS & REFLECTORS » When riding at night your bike must show a white front light, and a rear red light and a red rear reflector.
  • BRAKES » Every bike must have at least one brake and bell in good working order.


  • KEEP TO THE LEFT » Cyclists should ride with the traffic on the left hand side of the road.
  • BICYCLE LANES » If a road is marked with a bike lane, cyclists should remain within the lane wherever practical.
  • PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS » Cyclists must give way to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.
  • HAND SIGNALS » Cyclists must signal before turning left or right.
  • PASSENGERS » It is illegal to carry passengers except in an approved child seat.
  • SIGNS » Cyclists must obey road signs including speed limits.
  • FOOTPATH » Children under 12 may legally ride on the footpath. An adult may only ride on the footpath if accompanying a child under 12.

Looking after your bike

  • SECURITY » Lock your bike to an immovable object with a secure device or lock and chain.
  • MAINTENANCE » Regularly check your tyres, wheels, brakes, chains, lights and reflectors to make sure that they are in good working order.

Rules and Safety Tips for Motorists

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and motor bike riders. Cyclists may legally use a whole lane on roads with lane markings and are allowed to ride two abreast (side by side) up to 1.5 metres apart.

  • OVERTAKING » Motorists should give cyclists at least one metre of room for overtaking .
  • TURNING » Motorists should indicate early before starting to turn right or left.
  • CHECK » Motorists should check for cyclists in blindspots and when opening car doors.


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