- Cyclists must stop at red lights - you will gain the respect of motorists and it's the law!
- Keep to the left on the road to allow clear passage for passing traffic.
- Wear a helmet, brightly coloured clothing and have lights on your bike.
- Be predictable and always indicate your intentions.
When riding with others
- Ride two abreast, not more than 1.5 metres apart, but be courteous if the road narrows.
- Communication is the key - signal or call your intentions and hazards to ensure your safety and the safety of those near you.
As the number of bikes and cars on our roads increases, we all have a role to play when we head out on the road - and that is to be responsible every time.
We all have a right to use the road. However to ensure safety and mutual respect, responsible cycling and driving is essential for a good relationship on our roads.
We all make mistakes. Be courteous and anticipate others' mistakes. Always look to improve your own driving and cycling by getting more information and being prepared to acknowledge your own mistakes so as not to repeat them.
And remember, in an increasingly obese and polluted world where the roads are congested, cycling tackles all three issues.
Just like motorists, cyclists are permitted to ride on the road. Here are some useful points to remember when driving:
- Be patient and cautious when driving near cyclists.
- Allow, at least, 1 metre clearance when passing cyclists.
- Check your mirrors before opening the car door.
- Indicate your intentions in traffic.
You may be interested to know that
- Cyclists can travel up to 35-45km per hour so judging gaps can be difficult.
- By law, cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast and take the whole lane, if necessary, to ensure they are visible.
- Most adult cyclists also own a car but enjoy bike riding to stay fit, save money, time and the environment.