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Road Rules and Safety

Mudgee Cycle Club emphasises and promotes safe riding at all times.  As a club we are working together (and with other agencies) to ensure riders of all ages are being responsible on the roads.

Safety on the road can prevent many accidents and incidents and we encourage everyone, locals and visitors alike, to follow simple guidelines and cycling etiquette including:

  • following road rules to set a good example
  • making sure your helmet is fitted correctly and secure
  • using your front and rear lights including during the day
  • indicating your intentions when riding
  • wearing bright clothing at all times
  • staying focused and alert
  • showing other riders and drivers respect
  • being responsible and not taking risks

 

Below are some of the road rules relevant and applicable to all cyclists:

1.  A vehicle includes a bicycle. (Rule 15)

2.  A bike rider must obey traffic control signs and signals including red lights, stop and give way signs.

3.  Hand signals must be given when turning right (Rules 48, 49, 50)

4.  Cyclists may ride in an emergency stopping lane unless prohibited by a sign. (Rule 95)

5.  Cyclists riding through multi-lane roundabouts who travel on the far left line of traffic must give way to any vehicle leaving the roundabout (Rule 119)

6.  Cyclists must ride as near as is safely possible to the far left side of the road — on a multi-lane road or a road with two or more lines of traffic travelling in the same direction as you, you can occupy a lane and travel in the right hand lane when necessary (for example, to make a right turn)  (Rules 129, 130)

7.  A bike rider must ride on the left side of an oncoming vehicle unless the rider is on a foot-path, nature strip or shared path and is permitted to be there. (Rule 131)

8.  The rider of a bicycle must not ride past, or overtake, to the left of a vehicle that is turning left and is giving a left change of direction signal (Rule 141).

9.  A bike rider may cross a continuous white edge line in order to ride along the road shoulder but must give way to vehicles on the roadway when moving back onto the road across the continuous white edge line. (Rule 150)

10. Cyclists cannot ride more than two abreast unless overtaking. When riding two abreast riders should not be more than 1.5m apart. This rule also applies on bike paths, shared paths and shoulder of the road (Rule 151)

11.  A bike rider must have at least one hand on the handlebar (Rule 245)

12.  The rider of a bicycle must not ride the bicycle negligently or furiously or recklessly. (Rule 245-1) NSW

13.  The rider of a bicycle must not ride across a road, or part of a road, on a marked foot crossing, unless there are bicycle crossing lights at the crossing showing a green bicycle crossing light (Rule 248)

14.  The rider of a bicycle must not ride on a part of a separated footpath designed for pedestrians. (Rule 249)

15.  The rider of a bicycle riding on a bicycle path, footpath, separated footpath or shared path must keep to the left of any oncoming bicycle rider on the path (Rule 251)

16.  A bike rider may not hold onto to another moving vehicle while riding the bicycle. (Rule 254)

17.  A bike rider must maintain a distance of at least 2m be tween the bicycle and the rear of a motor vehicle when following the motor vehicle for more than 200m. (Rule 255)

18.  The rider of a bicycle must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on the rider’s head, and any passengers (eg: child in child seat) must also wear an approved helmet (Rule 256).

19. In poor light conditions or at night the bicycle must have a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam. (Rule 259)