People riding bikes

Look out for bike riders on the road. They can be hard to see sometimes. 

  • Check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
  • Check for bike riders before opening your car door.
  • Give way to a bike rider just like you’d give way to any other road user.
  • Be patient driving near bike riders, and only overtake when it’s safe.
  • On high-speed roads, the draught you create when passing bike riders can knock them over. You must always allow at least 1 metre clearance between you and a bike rider, and 1.5 metres if you’re driving over 60km/h.
  • Be extra careful when you see children on bikes.
  • Before opening your car door look behind, including checking blind spots for cyclists.
  • Drivers are required to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist where the speed limit is 60km/h or less or 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h. If you do not do this, the penalty for drivers is $287 fine plus a $60 victims of crime levy and 2 demerit points.