When riding on the road, there will be situations where you will find yourself interacting with other road users including people driving cars, trucks and buses. It is the responsibility of all road users to share the road safely.
To help you build your confidence riding on the road and develop your bike handling skills, visit the event calendar to find out about Council’s free bike skills sessions and remember these easy tips.
Alternatively, you can watch the video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel.
While bike riders have an equal right to use the road, it is important for cyclists to ride defensively and be aware of what other vehicles are doing.
There may be situations where you will be able to see vehicles exiting the driveway before they see you. Slowing down or stopping can avoid crashes.
When riding beside parked cars, watch out for people opening their car doors. You may be required to manoeuvre into the other lane to avoid the door so it’s important to be aware of the traffic around you.
Try and position yourself so that other road users can see you.
When passing vehicles on their left, be aware that you may be in a driver’s blind spot. This blind spot can be much larger for buses and trucks.
Making eye contact whenever possible and acknowledging each other through nodding is a great way to be sure that you’ve been seen.
Fitting a light and reflectors on your bike will prepare you for riding at night or even during cloudy conditions and rain. Light-coloured clothing or reflective wear can help make you more visible to people in motor vehicles.
Riding in a straight line as much as possible and avoiding weaving in and out of traffic or around parked cars can help other road users keep a safe distance from you.
Shoulder checking and using clear hand signals as early as possible will also let others know what you are doing.
If you would like to report an issue or have witnessed an incident while riding, you can do so via the Queensland Police Service - cyclist complaint online form.
In 2014, the Queensland Government introduced the one-metre rule requiring drivers to stay at least one metre away from bike riders when overtaking at less than 60km/h, and 1.5 metres over that speed. Help keep our city’s streets safe for everyone and remember that one metre matters.
Alternatively you can read the video transcript.