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Can I still ride my bike outdoors?

Last updated: Monday 19 October 2020

There are a lot of changes in our lives at the moment and restrictions on what we can and can't do, but the good news is we can still go for a pedal.

We've got information about what the current coronavirus restrictions and the gradual steps out of restrictions mean for bike riding in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

We also have advice for riding in the rest of Australia.

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Guidelines for metropolitan Melbourne

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can ride a bike for exercise during the current restrictions, but must stick to these rules:

  • You cannot travel more than 25 kilometres from home or outside of metropolitan Melbourne. 25 kilometres is measured as the crow flies in any direction from your home.
  • If you are a permitted worker you may also exercise within 25 kilometres of your workplace.
  • You can exercise with members of your household or up to 10 people from a maximum of two households. No one in your group can travel more than 25 kilometres from home. Children under 12 months not included in the cap.
  • You can also ride a bike for transport for any permitted activity including going to work or the the supermarket.

While there are no time limits on bike riding in metropolitan Melbourne, Bicycle Network recommends covering up and keeping your distance to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • Cover up: Make sure you have a mask with you and pop it on whenever you’re near other people.
  • Keep your distance: Keep 1.5 metres apart from others when riding.

Previously, Victorians were able to use shields, buffs, bandanas and scarfs as face covers. You now cannot use these and must carry a fitter face mask while riding. Click here for more information about riding with a mask.

Next steps out of restrictions

The next step out of restrictions is due to happen at 11:59pm Sunday 1 November and may includes changes to how far we can ride and how many people we can ride with.

Click here for more information about the Victorian government's roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

Rest of Victoria

Regional Victoria is currently in the third step out of coronavirus restrictions. You can ride a bike with the people you live with or in groups of up to 10 people. You must carry a fitted face mask.

While there are no time or distance limits on bike riding in regional Victoria, Bicycle Network recommends covering up and keeping your distance to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • Cover up: Make sure you have a mask with you and pop it on whenever you’re near other people.
  • Keep your distance: Keep 1.5 metres apart from others when riding.

Previously, Victorians were able to use shields, buffs, bandanas and scarfs as face covers. You now cannot use these and must carry a fitter face mask while riding. Click here for more information about riding with a mask.

Steps out of restrictions

The next step out of restrictions for regional Victoria is step four which is dependent on public health advice.

During step four restrictions there will be no exercise restrictions, facilities will be open subject to safety measures and outdoor public gatherings will be allowed for up to 50 people.

Click here for more information about the Victorian government's roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions for regional Victoria.

Rest of Australia

  • You can go for a ride with other people but each person should maintain physical distancing and stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • No more than 20 people can ride together in New South Wales
  • In Queensland, up to 30 people may gather outside in non-restricted areas and only up to 10 in restricted areas. 
  • Riding with your family is allowed 
  • Riding a bike to the supermarket, chemist or work is allowed and a good thing to do.
  • When you do go for a ride you should avoid sharing equipment and be mindful of where you place your helmet, glasses, gloves etc. Keep them with your bike or on your person rather than placing them down somewhere.
  • When you return from a ride, wash your hands thoroughly and wipe down your bike, helmet and any gear.

If you’re self-isolating and feeling well, set up a stationary bike with an indoor trainer if you’ve got one.

This advice has been pulled together from relevant health, government and sporting bodies. If this changes, we will update it as necessary.

State guidelines

Bicycle Network's guidelines have been taken from current government documents or websites. Please always refer to information from your home state to make sure you are doing the right thing.

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