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Safe Cycling Together

As the number of bikes and cars on our roads increase, we must ensure that we behave responsibly every time we head out on the road. Everyone has an equal right to use the road. To ensure safety and mutual respect, responsible cycling and driving is essential.

Advice for Cyclists

  • Cyclists must stop at red lights – you will gain the respect of motorists and it’s the law
  • Keep to the left of the road to allow clear passage for passing traffic
  • Only ride two bikes wide
  • Try and ride at off-peak traffic times
  • Wear a helmet, brightly coloured clothing and have lights on your bike
  • Be predictable and always indicate your intentions
  • We all make mistakes. Be prepared to acknowledge your own mistakes so as not to repeat them. Be courteous and anticipate others’ mistakes
  • Always look to improve your own driving and cycling by getting more information


Advice for Motorists

  • Be patient and cautious when driving near cyclists
  • Allow a 1m clearance when passing cyclists
  • Check your mirrors before opening the car door
  • Indicate your intentions in traffic

You May be Interested to Know

  • Cyclists can travel up to 35-45km per hour so judging gaps can be difficult
  • Under current 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

Remember, in an increasingly obese and polluted world where the roads are congested, cycling tackles all three issues.