Under NSW legislation a bicycle is considered as a vehicle. As such, cyclists are required to obey the road rules, including stopping at red lights or stop signs, giving way as indicated by signage and giving hand signals when changing direction.
- Bicycle riders must wear a correctly-fitting, approved bicycle helmet
- Riders must not ride a bicycle at night or in hazardous weather conditions unless with a flashing or steady white light at the front, and a steady or flashing red light from the rear. The bike must also have a red reflector visible from the rear
- Bicycle riders must ride with at least one hand on the handlebars
- Bicycle riders must not carry more people than the bike is designed for
- Bicycle riders must not ride on a crossing unless there is a green bicycle light
- Bicycle riders must stop at red lights and at stop signs; and also at give way signs if there is traffic traveling on the crossroad
- Bicycle riders can use Bus Lanes but are not permitted to use Bus Only Lanes
- Transit lanes are used for vehicles containing a certain number of people. These lanes may also be used by bicycles
- When a bicycle lane is marked on the road, cyclists must use it. These lanes are for use by bicycles, but cars may use them for not more than 50 metres to enter or leave the road at a driveway or intersection
- On roundabouts, bicycle riders are allowed to turn right from the left hand lane. When passing each exit, you must give way to any vehicle leaving the roundabout from that exit
- A bicycle rider must not ride on any part of the Sydney Harbour Bridge other than the cycleway
- The rider of a bicycle must not ride within 2 metres of the rear of a moving motor vehicle continuously for more than 200 metres.
Road rules for bicycles vary slightly from state to state. Follow the links below for the rules in your state:
Bicycle NSW has been advocating cycling in all its forms for over 30 years now, and is a leading force in the promotion of cycling as a sustainable, healthy form of transport throughout the state. With over 50 affiliated cycling groups, Bicycle NSW is engaging with governments, the industry and the community at all levels to ensure cycling continues to grow and develop.