Regulations

Bike Helmets

The rider of a bicycle must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on their head.

Signs and Signals

Cyclists must obey traffic control signs and signals applicable to them including red lights, stop and give way signs. Use arm signals to indicate when turning or stopping.

Riding two Abreast

Riders may not ride more than two abreast unless overtaking and then no more than 1.5 metres from each other.

Bicycle Lanes

Riders must use the bicycle lane if there is one on a length of road going in the same direction. On shared pathways, keep to the left and give way to pedestrians.

Pedestrian Crossings

Do not ride across a road on a children’s crossing, marked foot crossing or pedestrian crossing. If crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing or pedestrian lights a rider must dismount, unless bicycle lights are provided, allowing riders to cycles across the road.

Causing a Traffic Hazard

The rider of a bicycle must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a car driver or pedestrian without warning or looking.

Following behind a Motor Vehicle

Riders must not ride within two metres of the rear of a moving vehicle continuously for more than 200 metres.

Use hook turns

Cyclists are allowed to make hook turns at all intersections, unless signs say otherwise. It can be safer for cyclists to make these hook turns from the side of the road, rather than waiting to turn in the intersection. Always use a hand signal when turning right.


Safety

Be predictable

Give a clear indication of where you are going and take the guess work out of it for others. Signal in the direction you intend to travel. Sudden changes in direction or behaviour can cause a hazard.

Positioning in traffic

Keep to the left, watch out for car doors opening and be part of the traffic stream. Don’t weave in and out of traffic.

Portable Audio devices and mobile phones

Do not use when riding. You need to be aware of your environment.

Other vehicles

Be alert for vehicles approaching from behind or pulling out in front of you. Be aware of car doors opening by looking out for occupants inside stopped vehicles.

Riding in the wet

Watch out for slippery tram tracks, grates and metal covers, especially when turning. Beware of puddles as they may be deeper than they seem. It will take longer to stop in the wet so leave additional space.


For more information on the Victorian Road Rules click here.