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Driver responsibility

 

We all share a responsibility to not only abide by the road rules, but act in a way that helps keep every road user safe while interacting with the road. 

In protecting the safety of our cyclists, for drivers this means accepting that bikes are permitted on the road and that we can all coexist safely.

As drivers, the below tips can help increase our awareness of cyclists;

  • Consistently scan the road for cyclists.
  • Look for cyclists when turning or entering an intersection and give way as you would for any other vehicle.
  • Drivers are required to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist at 60km/h or less, and 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.

Research suggests that the majority of crashes between cyclists and motor vehicles are caused by an error on the part of the driver, often failing to see the cyclist.

Research also shows that drivers who consistently look for cyclists are more likely to detect them, while drivers who are not looking for cyclists may not detect them.

Rider responsibility

 

Just like motorists, cyclists can use techniques and equipment to help have safer journeys and to help other road users to see them.

For riders this means ensuring awareness of the dangers of mixing with other vehicles, as well as understanding riding responsibilities.

The following tips can help cyclists increase their safety when interacting with the road;

  • Wear highly visible/reflective/bright clothing - research shows that motorists react 40% quicker to a rider wearing fluorescent clothing, compared to a rider wearing grey. 
  • Use bike lights in the day time, as well as the night time and no matter how short the journey, to help increases visibility.
  • At night, or in poor light conditions, such as dawn, dusk or bad weather, reflective strips significantly improve the visibility of riders in motor vehicle headlights.
  • Cyclists of all ages are allowed to ride on footpaths.
  • Riding two abreast is legal.
  • Keep left, ride predictably in a straight line and signal your intention to turn or change lanes.

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