Frequently asked questions
Cycling in Mackay
Cycling in Mackay can be a great way to get around. With our flat landscape and beautiful Queensland weather, cycling can keep us fit and healthy, save us time and money and reduce our impact on the environment too. Please find below answers to frequently asked questions on cycling in the Mackay region.
Is there somewhere I can shower before work?
If you're thinking about cycling to work and you work in the Mackay City Centre, why not make use of one of our two bicycle parking facilities. You can be confident knowing your bike is safe and also have a shower before heading into work.
How can I fit cycling into my regular schedule?
Did you know cycling can actually be a faster mode of transport than driving a car, especially in congested areas during peak travel times? The table below shows how long it takes the average person to cycle different distances:
|1||4 mins||2 mins||10 mins||7.5 mins|
|2||8 mins||4 mins||20 mins||15 mins|
|3||12 mins||6 mins||30 mins||22.5 mins|
|4||16 mins||8 mins||40 mins||30 mins|
|5||20 mins||10 mins||50 mins||37.5 mins|
|10||40 mins||20 mins||1hr 40min||1hr 15mins|
Why not try it for yourself - choose a route that you regularly drive and see how long it takes you to cycle.
Where can I park my bike safely?
Council provides bike racks throughout the region - check out our Mackay City Centre map for bike rack locations in the city. For added security, why not try one of the secure bicycle parking facilities.
How can I build my riding confidence?
Join one of Mackay's social riding groups to build up your fitness and gain confidence riding on the road. You can also plan your route using our "off-road" bicycle paths including the Bluewater Trail, Gooseponds or Cross City Link bicycle pathways, and choose smaller local streets over busier main roads. Maps for these paths can be found here.
Where can I go for a good ride?
The Mackay region has some fantastic scenic bicycle paths including the Bluewater Trail, the Gooseponds and the Cross City Link. Maps for these paths can be found here.