Safety Rules for Cycling in Melbourne

Melbourne Bike Share Safety Rules for Cyclists

Cyclists are required to obey the same road rules as drivers, plus some additional bicycle-specific rules. Like all road users, cyclists can be fined for failing to follow these rules.

Bike helmets

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

Signs and signals

Bicycle riders must obey traffic control signs and signals applicable to them including red lights, stop and give way signs. Bicycle riders must give hand signals when turning right including changing lanes and making a U-turn. Giving a left hand signal when turning left is not required by road rules – though we would recommend it be done whenever possible as a courtesy to other road users.

Be predictable

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

Bicycle lanes

The rider of a bicycle riding on a length of road with a bicycle lane designed for bicycles travelling in the same direction as the rider must ride in the bicycle lane unless it is impracticable to do so. On shared pathways, 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.

Shared paths and giving way to pedestrians

Bicycle riders 12 years and over cannot ride on footpaths UNLESS they're over 18 and accompanying a rider less than 12. The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable to do so; and give way to any pedestrian (except a person travelling on an electric personal transporter) on the footpath or shared path.

  • 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 then they seem. It will take longer to stop in the wet so leave additional space.