Seems like everywhere you go these days there are some kind of rules. And just like everything else, there are cycling rules and road rules that apply to cyclists in New South Wales.
I thought it might be worthwhile, blogging on exactly what these are so we all know the rules and our rights on the road. Particularly if like me, you sat for your driver’s licence test about a million years ago and you are a bit rusty on the detail.
If you want to brush up on the details – go here:
Cyclists are required by law to:
- Wear a helmet – worn at all times when riding a bike
- Have front and rear lights – must be fitted and used if riding at night
- Have a bell or horn – fitted and in working order
- Obey all road rules including stopping at red lights and stop signs
- Use signed and marked bike lanes where available
Contrary to what anyone tells you, as a bike rider on the road you can:
- Pass other vehicles on the left, except when those vehicles are indicating and turning left
- Travel to the front line of traffic on the left hand side of stopped vehicles (again, except when those vehicles are indicating and turning left)
- Take up a whole traffic lane (yes, a whole lane)
- Ride a maximum of two abreast in a lane, not more than 1.5 metres apart
- Cycle in bus lanes and transit lanes (but not bus only lanes)
- Ride on footpaths that are designated shared paths
And what you CAN NOT do – ride on footpaths – unless you are under 12 years of age, accompanying a rider under 12 or again the footpath is a designated shared path. What’s a designated shared path? Click here for more info http://sydneycycleways.net/the-network/types-of-cycleways/shared-path
Next week…. Rules for riding in bike lanes, separated cycle ways, shared paths, shoulder lanes, mixed traffic lanes – oh the list is endless! So many rules, so little time.