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Can I still ride my bike outdoors?

Last updated: Wednesday 17 February 2021

While we live in an unpredictable world where coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns can be snapped in place, we are lucky that we are still able to go outside and ride a bike for exercise and transport.

This page has the latest advice for bike riding in Victoria and the rest of Australia, including how many people you can ride with. 

Remember keep your distance, stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. Get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

Guidelines for Victoria

As of 11:59pm Wednesday 17 February 2021, Victoria will be come out from a five day lockdown.

When restrictions ease you will be able to ride a bike for any reason, for as long as you like and wherever you like.

Masks must still be carried at all times and worn when you cannot maintain 1.5m physical distancing. If you a riding on a busy trail you may need to put your mask on.

You must also wear a mask whenever you go somewhere inside, so remember that if you pop in somewhere for coffee and a croissant.

Gatherings are allowed for up to 20 people from any number of households.

If you are planning a large, organised bunch ride please remember that there can be a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes (excluding anyone necessary for running the class) and a density quotient of 1 per 2 square metres. Record keeping (eg QR code check-in) is required.

The full list of restrictions set by the Victorian government from 11:59 Wednesday 17 February can be found here.

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.
  • In Perth and Peel in Western Australia you must wear a mask while riding a bike, except for when riding vigorously
  • 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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