Three years ago I fell off my bike. It was Ride to Work Day and I fractured my ankle. Today I'll be back on my bike to join thousands of others riding to work. Fear of falling should not stop us trying new things.
When I first became lord mayor it was the "suits" working in the central business district who lobbied the hardest for a bike network. They wanted to skip the gym and stay fit riding to work. Businesses started installing end-of-trip facilities - showers, lockers and bike parking.
Now we're seeing other types of riders; retirees, cool young things, parents and their children on the way to school or childcare, uni students and people like me rediscovering the joy of two wheels.
We aren't wearing Lycra and we're wary of traffic, but feeling the wind on your face as you cycle to work, the shops, your local park or school is exhilarating and a terrific way to keep fit.
We're getting back on our bikes because it's slowly becoming safer to ride in Sydney and every day there's more of us doing it.
About 31,600 City of Sydney residents are on a bike every week. But riding isn't just an inner-city hobby, our bike paths are full of riders from across Sydney including North Sydney, Leichhardt, Botany Bay, Randwick, Ashfield, Ryde, Burwood, Canterbury, Rockdale and Manly.
I championed bike riding as a sensible transport option because it has many benefits. It's an affordable and reliable way to get around and it's good for your health and the environment.
Riding gives you a sense of connection to your neighbourhood you simply can't get behind the wheel of a car, or on the bus.
But many people tell us they won't ride to work because once they get near the city centre, the traffic is frightening. When asked what City of Sydney should do to encourage bike riding, more than 77 per cent of people said they wanted more and safer bike paths.
Now the NSW government has released its City Centre Access Strategy, we can complete our bike network. Riders will soon be able to enjoy a safe journey from north to south, and east to west.
Where there are separated lanes, cycling has doubled - and sometimes trebled - in just a few years. On some of our bike paths in peak hours, we have more people riding than in all the cars beside them in the traffic lane.
I am sure once more of our network is built, we'll have more people using it. In London, the biggest ever survey of bike use found cyclists accounted for 24 per cent of all traffic in central London during the morning peak. In May, New York started a bike-hire scheme. Within three days more than 20,000 people had registered.
People on bikes are people who aren't in overcrowded public transport or in cars contributing to congestion. It's a win-win.
Our challenge is to encourage good behaviour from all road users. We're all on our way somewhere and we need to look out for each other.
(This piece first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday 16 October)