Road rules and cyclists in Queensland
What are the rules for cyclists on the roads in QLD?
There are quite a few things that cyclists need to know to ensure they are following the rules when riding on the road safely. Not knowing these or being unsure of the rules could be unsafe for the cyclist, fellow cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, not to mention the penalties that could come with disobeying the rules.
Bicycles are a type of vehicle have the same rights and responsibilities when using the road as drivers of cars and motorbikes do. Here are the main road rules to be aware of if you are a cyclist in Queensland.
Using the footpath or road
It is up to cyclists whether they would like to ride on the road or on the footpath in Queensland unless otherwise signed. This will typically be determined by the speed at which cyclists are hoping to ride at and their confidence interacting with cars. Like cars, cyclists must give way to pedestrians and keep left – this becomes particularly important when using the footpath.
It is illegal for cyclists to ride a bike without a well-fitting helmet, a functioning brake and either a bell or horn to alert people. If riding during the night or bad weather, it is also required that the bike is fixed with at least one red reflector on the back, a red flashing or steady light at the rear and a headlight. This ensures the bike is seen by pedestrians and motorists, and assists the cyclist to see what’s immediately ahead.
Positioning on the road
On a single lane road, it is important that cyclists ride as far-left as they possibly (and safely) can. This is because motorists need to stay at least 1m wider than the cyclist when driving at 60km/h and 1.5 m when travelling over 60km/h and it can be incredibly unsafe and disruptive to the flow of traffic having a cyclist in the middle of the lane. On a multi-lane road however, cyclists are permitted to ride in any part of the lane. It should also be recognised that cyclists are permitted to ride alongside one other cyclist if they are not on a single-lane road and that they are no more than 1.5m apart from one another.
Other road rules for cyclists and more information
There are quite a number of other rules for cyclists using the road including:
- It is an offence to use a hand-held mobile phone while riding a bike
- Cyclists must ride predictably and signal their movements using their arms as indicators
- Cyclists must follow general road rules such as stopping at red lights and stop signs and not riding intoxicated.
These are just some of the important road rules cyclists should be aware of when riding on the road. Sticking to these road rules will ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. Failing to abide them is not only dangerous, but can result in some hefty fines from the police. If you need legal advice, contact our lawyers.