Bike riding

Change the way you move. Ride a bike to your next destination for fun, fitness and smart transport. If you swap your daily car trips to active travel, you can help reduce congestion on our roads and keep our city cleaner and greener.

We have so many bikeways and pathways that link neighbourhoods, schools and parks, and connect with our major transit routes. Riding your bike is popular for commuting and recreation, it produces less pollution and can be quicker for short trips, especially in peak hour.

Free bike workshops

We offer free bike workshops for every age and ability. They are run by accredited instructors at different locations across the city and cover tips to make you a safer and more confident rider.

Visit our events calendar or Active Travel Program events page for details of all upcoming cycle workshops and book online.

View our Free bike workshops flyer(PDF, 2MB).

Bike theft prevention

Bike theft can result from owners not locking their bikes properly or leaving them in places where they are at risk of theft. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of having your bike stolen.

  • Always lock your bike using a durable security device e.g. u-lock or folding bar lock.
  • Lock the frame to a fixed, immovable object that can't be broken or moved, even at home.
  • Secure your bike in a busy, well-lit area where it can be easily seen, or in one of the City's bike sheds.
  • Secure any valuable components and accessories.
  • Record serial numbers, make, model and colour.
  • Engrave your bike. Your local police station has an engraving tool for loan and can help you work out your personal code and register the code in their property tracing database. For more details contact your local police station.
  • Photograph the bike and consider insurance.
  • Download a Bicycle Identification Card from the Neighbourhood Watch website to record all your bikes details and keep it in a safe place.

For more information about bike security visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads – bike security webpage.

Riding safety

We want to keep you safe in our city. Riding confidently, courteously, and proactively scanning and sharing the road will improve your safety. Learn about your responsibilities when using Council's shared paths and our Road Safety Plan.

The Queensland Government has road rules that set a minimum passing distance and equal fines in place for cyclists and motorists to keep our roads safe. By law, motorists must stay wider of bike riders by giving a minimum of:

  • 1m when passing a bike rider in a 60km/h or less speed zone or
  • 1.5m where the speed limit is over 60km/h.

For more information visit the Queensland Government website. All enquiries concerning the enforcement of these laws should be directed to Queensland Police via Policelink on 131 4 44 or 07 3055 6206 for interstate/mobile callers.

Bike sheds

We have bike sheds available for you to use along the G:link light rail at these locations:

  • Broadbeach South station
  • Cypress Avenue
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Griffith University, east on Parklands Drive
  • Queen Street station
  • Southport station, west along Nerang Street

They provide a protected place to park your bike while you make the most of our public transport on your way to work, school, shopping or just getting out and about.

Bike share

The Gold Coast has a bike share scheme available to residents and visitors, providing another affordable and sustainable travel option to explore our beautiful city.

Walking & cycling maps

Our walking & cycling maps will help you discover the best walking, riding and public transport routes in your local area. Why not explore your neighbourhood or the wider Gold Coast?