Cairns is blessed with a plethora of tracks for bike riding and because a majority of it is flat, you can get around quite easily on a bicycle. Also, for things to do in Cairns, cycling is a great way to see the town and some really nice spots. You can get a full list of Cairns cycle tracks here. There are some factors that you need to be aware of though.
Cairns is not a busy city like Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and is blessed with long running roads and highways that interconnect the outlying suburbs to Cairns. They are fantastic for long rides and utilised by many people that live in Cairns as a primary means of transport via bicycle.
Regardless if you live in Cairns though, or are just on a holiday, we cannot re-iterate this more. Cairns drivers are absolutely shocking. Even at the best of times they are well below par of acceptable driving standards. The amount of accidents we have seen considering the size of the population is quite disturbing. Additionally, Cairns drivers have a hard enough time seeing cars on the road, let alone a bicycle.
Tips and Tricks
Most importantly, wear a helmet.
Wear reflective gear.
Ride defensively. Expect that every Cairns driver is not paying attention to the road or you.
There are bike lanes you can use that are located off the road in certain parts of Cairns. Use them.
There are plenty of lovely tracks and rides and you will not be short of a great day out, however, take the safe way to make sure you get home in one piece. Bicycling is a wonderful way to see parts of Cairns you normally would have never discovered.