Centre for Road Safety

Whether for recreation, fitness or the daily commute, more people are riding bicycles on NSW roads. By constantly scanning the road for sudden changes and recognising potential hazards, bicycle riders can improve their safety as well as that of other road users. Tips for safe riding can help bicycle riders better share the roads and avoid danger.

Our Go Together campaign shows bicycle riders and other road users how to respect each other’s space and ensure that everyone stays safe.

Cycling safety animation

Our fun animation produced in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation shows that improving bicycle rider safety isn't rocket science, it's simply a matter of sharing the road and following the rules. Read a transcript.

 

We support the Amy Gillett Foundation to help reduce bicycle rider fatalities and serious injuries with the It’s a two way street campaign. The campaign promotes safer cycling with the “A Metre Matters” and “Stop On Red” initiatives. Motorists in NSW must allow at least a one-metre gap when they overtake a bicycle rider, while riders should ensure they follow the road rules and always stop at red lights.

By choosing cycleways, shared paths and quieter streets, bicycle riders can plan safer journeys. However, even experienced riders are exposed and vulnerable on roads and risk serious injury or death if involved in a crash. Bicycle riders of all ages should always wear an approved bicycle helmet and to improve visibility, bright, reflective clothing.

Bicycle riders are subject to the same road rules as other vehicles in NSW and must obey the laws on traffic signals and street signs. However, drivers need to be aware that special road rules apply to bicycle riders, including the use of transit lanes, turning when in roundabouts and riding on footpaths.

All petrol-powered bicycles are now banned NSW. Petrol-powered bikes are unsafe and put their riders and other road users at risk.

More information for bicycle riders, including the location of new cycleways and shared paths, can be found on the Roads and Maritime Services website and the Bicycle NSW website.