Cycling is used as a form of transport to get between places. It has also become a popular form of recreation and fitness. Cycling can be used as an alternative to the car, particularly for shorter distances. Cyclists have varying skill levels and for this reason on and off road cycle paths are provided. In a low speed environment shared zones are acceptable to most cyclists. Logan has a network of cycle ways and is working towards expanding the network along the road network and through parks.
Cycling can be of benefit to Logan City in a number of ways.
Cycling is not only convenient and cheap, it offers low impact exercise to improve health and has been proven to be more likely to be maintained than any other leisure time activity.
Physical activity and health
Lack of physical activity is second to tobacco as the most important health risk in Australia. National guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate activity per day for adults and 60 minutes for children and young people. Swapping a vehicle trip for cycling to school or work would be beneficial to your health.
Active transport for children
Getting children our of cars and using active transport instead, is believed to be the single most effective way to improve physical activity rates and to reduce obesity in children. Walking or riding to school or around the neighbourhood is also important for children's social development, particularly increasing their knowledge of their local areas, their ability to use other forms of transport and their sense of independence.
Cycling as a sport has lower injury rates than other forms of exercise and active recreation. Motor vehicles are the most significant form of harm in the transportation system and pedestrians and cyclists bear a disproportionate burden of the traffic risk. Road safety is increased by shifting people out of cars and promoting cycling, walking and public transport. Cycling becomes safer when more people cycle, bike paths and lanes are provided, and the overall speed of traffic is lower.
Reducing air pollution
Air pollution is the cause of many upper and lower airway diseases. Cars are a major contributor to air pollution, producing dust and toxic gasses. The pollutants contribute to climate change, which is expected to cause serious public health issues in the future. Cycing for transport (not just leisure), by replacing car trips avoids contributing to air pollution and thereby reducing future population health problems. Travelling by bicycle also provides some flexibilty to avoid pollution and not travel on busy roads. Even on the same road cyclists may be exposed to fewer pollutants, as pollutants decrease rapidly at the sides of the traffic stream and particles tend to accumulate in the car cabin if outside air is coming into the cabin.
Reduce Noise Pollution
Cycling is a quiet mode of transport. Replacing car trips with bike trips will allow the hidden sounds to be heard and will help create a cleaner, less polluted and more pleasant environment.
SOURCE: CYCLING FACT SHEET: CYCLING PROMOTION FUND AND BICYCLE FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA
There is an extensive network of recreational bike paths throughout Logan's Parks, and many of these parks are linked via bikeways.
Download Council's Logan City Cycleways (PDF 4811 KB) map.
Planning your trip is essential if you are starting out. The MapMyRide website can help you to plan your trip and to keep track of the distance you cover.
Where can I go cycling? If you are not familiar with your neighbourhood parks, these maps can give you suggestions of existing pathways.
Equipment and Maintenance
Visit the Australian Bicycle Council website for more information on equipment.
Download the bicycle safety check (PDF 348 KB) for information on maintenance for your bicycle.
Visit the AustCycle website for more information on training.