Cyclist Rights and Responsibilities
Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and motorcycle riders.
When riding a bicycle, you should:
- Correctly wear an approved helmet, with straps fitting smugly under the chin
- Obey all the road rules
- Ride, like all traffic, on the left side of a road unless signposted otherwise
- Only ride on a footpath if aged under 12 years (or an adult accompanying a rider under 12 years)
- Use a bicycle lane if one is marked on the road, unless impracticable to do so
- Always use hand signals when turning or stopping
- Walk, not ride, across pedestrian crossings
- Travel no more than 1.5 metres apart if riding two abreast
- Slow down on a cycle path when pedestrians are present
- Warn pedestrians of your approach on a cycle path.
All bicycles must:
- Be fitted with an effective brake and a bell, horn or similar warning device
- If used at night have a steady or flashing white light on the front
- If used at night have a red reflector and steady or flashing red light at rear.
- Be predictable – do not weave in and out of parked cars, maintain a straight line
- Signal your intention to move well in advance
- Be politely assertive. Do not ride in the gutter where there is often rough surface or debris
- Keep a safe distance from parked cars. A suddenly opened car door could cause an accident
- Avoid the squeeze - take over your lane when going through narrow sections, speed humps and small roundabouts
- Make eye contact with drivers at intersections. Make sure they have seen you before moving in front of a car
- Be noticed! Wear bright clothing. Be reflective at night.