Centre for Road Safety

On average, nine bicycle riders are killed and more than 1900 seriously injured in NSW each year. Bicycle riders represent about 2.4 per cent of total road fatalities and about 17 per cent of serious injuries. Drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians all need to Go Together safely. We should all respect each other's space and ensure that everyone stays safe.

In NSW, drivers must give bicycle riders at least 1 metre of space when passing. Our video shows how the Minimum Passing Distance rule affects you, and how you can help ensure that we all Go Together safely on our roads.

Our FAQs have more detailed information.

Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space

The Minimum Passing Distance rule helps ensure that bicycle riders and motorists remain safe when sharing our roads. Drivers who pass a bicycle rider must allow a distance of at least:

  • 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less
  • 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h

Bicycle riders encouraged to carry ID

While the majority of bicycle riders in NSW already carry identification when riding, all bicycle riders are encouraged to carry some form of identification to improve the efficiency of emergency response if they are injured in a crash.

Staying safe

Like drivers, bicycle riders have safety in mind most of the time. By wearing an approved bicycle helmet, properly fitted and fastened, riders can reduce their chances of serious head injuries by around 70 per cent and reduce fatal head injuries by around 65 per cent.

By obeying the road rules, traffic lights, stop signs and give way signs, bicycle riders can move in a predictable manner, avoiding the need for other road users to react to unexpected movements.

Bicycle riders should provide pedestrians with a metre of space on shared paths

Bicycle riders are also encouraged to allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.

More information

Transport for NSW has more information for bicycle riders including riding maps, how traffic signals operate for bicycle riders and the latest infrastructure projects. Bicycle riders can also report traffic hazards or sensor plate issues.