Sutherland Shire Council is highly focused on meeting the needs of local bike enthusiasts through the provision of safe, specially-designed facilities. We strongly discourage the unauthorised construction of bike jumps by members of the community.
The unauthorised construction of bike tracks in Council reserves is:
- Damaging our natural environment
- Impacting on the amenity of parks and play spaces
- Creating hazards that pose a risk to public safety
Unauthorised bike track construction has increased significantly during 2020, resulting in more complaints from the community about the impact of this activity on our shared environment and potential risks to public safety.
Sutherland Shire Council continues to work towards developing a balanced response in addressing unauthorised bike track construction, drawing on a range of feedback from members of our community in response to this issue.
Council actively monitors bike tracks and removes them if construction and use becomes excessive, unreasonable or causes unacceptable impact on the environment or risk to public safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
The creation of bike jumps and tracks may include:
- Digging holes to obtain soil to create jumps;
- Using logs, rocks or building materials to aid in the construction of mounds;
- Clearing vegetation to create a riding track or circuit through a park or area of bushland;
- Bringing rubbish and other materials to the site, often associated with anti-social behaviour.
Some bike jumps and tracks are small and pose little risk to the public and create minimal environmental impact, while others are extensive, can be dangerous or result in significant damage to the environment. Council monitors the construction of bike jumps to determine what action should be taken to prevent any risk to public safety or further environmental damage.
Council has provided extensive mountain bike trails at Mill Creek Mountain Bike Facilites and a BMX Pump Track at Barden Ridge for the community to pursue adventurous styles of bike riding. Waratah Cycling Track in Sutherland also has its own BMX track. Head to our BMX and Mountain Bike Facilities page for more information about BMX and mountain bike riding in the Sutherland Shire.
Other opportunities for bike riding are available in the Sutherland Shire in national parks and on fire trails.
Check out all our cycling news and events, cycling routes and links to our cycling facilities across the Shire here.
Enquiries can be directed to Open Space Assets on 9710-0333 or email@example.com