On Ya Bike Brisbane at the Botanic Gardens.
On Ya Bike Brisbane at the Botanic Gardens.

Virus sparks a spike in riding

IT SEEMS two wheels are better than four during social distancing as Brisbane locals ride out the quarantine lockdown on the back of a bike.

According to Brisbane City Council, there has been a 17 per cent rise in foot and bike traffic along the city's popular river walks and 800 CityCycle rides being taken each day.

Explore these four top bike trails and you will see why so many love to cycle.

Best bike ride for beginners

Want a safe and leisurely ride that is not too difficult?

The Kangaroo Point bikeway begins at Captain Burke Park, beneath the Story Bridge. It is a stress-free connection to the Woolloongabba Bikeway and the Brisbane CBD, with more than 3km of scenic riverside riding.

Keep on pedalling past the cafes and leafy parklands at South Bank or stop for a coffee. Go towards West End via the new Riverside Drive bikeway, where you'll be treated to plenty more river views and shady green spaces.

Most scenic bike ride

For a peaceful ride through the City Botanic Gardens, try out the new Riverwalk that begins at the City Reach Boardwalk near Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge.

Cruise along the busy riverfront precinct filled with bars and restaurants before you arrive at the corner of Alice and Edward Streets.

Here the new Riverwalk takes you across the water and into the City Botanic Gardens.

Best bike ride for families

The new Lores Bonney Riverwalk travels along the river from Bretts Wharf to Cameron Rocks. Named after Brisbane's aviation pioneer Maude 'Lores' Bonney, this 1.2km cycle path has dedicated lanes for two-way bike traffic. This means fewer obstacles to navigate along the way.

Best riverside ride

Be adventurous and have a crack at the Brisbane River loop. It combines about 40km of bikeways and on-road riding through some of Brisbane's busiest and most popular precincts. You will ride from South Brisbane through Brisbane City to Milton, Toowong, St Lucia and West End. The bikeway begins at the foot of the Goodwill Bridge.

If you don't have a bike, you can hire one through the council's CityCycle scheme, which has about 2000 bikes at 150 stations around the city. Find out more at citycycle.com.au. Remember, social distancing rules still apply when bike riding.

Can't quite figure out where to ride? Map out your ride with Cycling Brisbane's route planner.