Australian Road Authorities and Bicycle Rules
An overview of Bicycle Rules and Road Laws
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- Australian Transport Safety Bureau
- Cycle Instead (QLD)
- Department for Planning and Infrastructure (WA)
- Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (Tas)
- Department of Planning and Infrastructure (NT)
- Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW)
- Transport South Australia
- Territory and Municipal Services (ACT)
- Australian Road Rules: December 1999 (PDF, 3MB)
- The Australian National Cycling Strategy: 2005 – 2010
- Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice: Part 14 Bicycles
- National Transport Commission (Road Transport Legislation — Australian Road Rules) Regulations 2006 – Schedule 1. Text of the proposed Australian Road Rules
- Bicycle Road Rules
- The Queensland Road Rules are contained within the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 1999. Under the Road Rules, bicycles are considered vehicles and as such, people riding bicycles must obey all the general road rules. As a legitimate road user, you have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles.
- Bicycle Rules: Part 5 Ride Safe People have a right to ride a bicycle on the road. They share the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and motorcyclists.
- Driver Safe: This handbook is a guide to safe driving and an interpretation of the law. It is NOT the law, but a simplified version of the road rules contained in the Road Traffic Act 1974 and Regulations, including the Australian Road Rules that apply currently in Western Australia. It does not include all the traffic regulations.
- Skating and Cycling Rules
- New Road Rules As part of the new National Traffic Code, some new road rules will affect users of some alternative forms of transport. Important changes include:
Two abreast bicycling and horse riding in single traffic lanes; Riding of wheeled recreational devices or wheeled toys, such as skateboards and rollerblades, on roads and footpaths.
- Tasmanian Road Rules: Questions and Answers
- Safe Cycling For detailed legislation refer to the Northern Territory Traffic Act and Traffic Regulations.
- The Northern Territory Road Users’ Handbook is a comprehensive guide for the new driver, with important information in relation to obtaining a driver licence, the rules of the road, and basic driving skills. The handbook also explains the Australian Road Rules which are used in each State and Territory of Australia.
New South Wales
- Bicycle laws and penalties Under NSW legislation a bicycle is considered as a vehicle. As cyclists have responsibilities when using the road system, they also have the right, like other vehicles, to use the road and be shown courtesy and care by other road users.
- MASSBUG: The Bike Saint’s Favourite Road Rules. The Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management) Act 1999, came into force in NSW in Dec 1999. It incorporates the Australian Road Rules plus NSW specific provisions (shown in italics). This document contains selected rules relating to bikes, wheeled recreation devices, pedestrians, bike exemption from certain rules, & car & parking rules you may find useful.
- NSW: Road rules
- Brendan’s law: New penalties for failing to stop after a vehicle accident (Also refer to Brendan’s Law page) Recent tragic cases in NSW and other States have highlighted what can happen when drivers leave the scene of an accident and don’t stop to help victims. Drivers need to be aware that with the privilege of driving on our roads comes a responsibility to fellow road users.
In 2004 a small boy riding a bicycle died in a terrible collision where the driver of the car involved did not stop. Thanks to a long campaign by his father a new offence of failing to stop (attracting much heavier penalties) has been introduced to the Crimes Act 1900 to recognise his death and society’s attitude.
The South Australian Government recognises cyclists’ legitimate right to use our roads and is aware of the ongoing concerns cyclists have for their safety. This Government is committed to increasing the sustainability and health of our community and cycling is considered a key component of achieving this.
- Cycling: Transport SA Cycling rules and common sense tips Cyclists must obey the same road rules as motorists.
You can download copies of Australian Road Rules or get copies from any Customer Service Centre.
Australian Capital Territory
Links to information for bicycle riders in the Australian Capital Territory
- Transport Roads and Traffic: Bicycles
- Safe Cycle
- Bicycle Safety Bicycles are legitimate vehicles and cyclists have rights and responsibilities like any other road user. Before you (or your child) get on a bike, check that it is safe and complies with ACT Road Regulations. ACT Road Rules Handbook: Contains all the information in the ACT Road Rules Handbook, January 2006 edition
VicRoads information for bicycle users and pedestrians.
- Road rules for cyclists Cycling on footpaths and freeways
- Part 15: Additional Rules for Bicycle Riders
- Bicycles and Skateboards in Victoria: A concise view of legislation concerning people-powered transport
- Victorian Road Laws: If you use a vehicle on the road it’s your responsibility to follow the rules and regulations. A road vehicle can include bikes, scooters, horses etc.