As more people enjoy Brisbane’s network of pathways, it’s important that we all know how to share them. That way we can all get where we’re going safely. It is important to stay safe while riding on the road by obeying the Queensland Government road rules for cyclists. Bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users.
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Patience is a virtue, especially on the roads where it can save lives and prevent unnecessary injury and trauma. Being patient may involve:
You should only pass a bike rider when it is safe to do so. You must leave a minimum distance of 1 metre when passing a bike rider in a 60km/h or less speed zone, and 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h. Passing too close can cause the bike rider to lose their balance or swerve out of control. Help keep our city’s streets safe for everyone and remember that one metre matters.
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Watch out for bike riders when you are turning left. A rider may be to the left of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection. Do not speed ahead of the rider thinking you can turn before they reach the intersection. It is important that you indicate early and regularly check your mirrors for riders.
Make sure you look for bike riders when making a right-hand turn. Riders who are travelling through an intersection in the opposite direction may be travelling faster than you realise or be hidden behind other vehicles. It can be particularly dangerous on a descending slope, when cyclists pick up more speed and can take longer to stop to avoid a collision.
Driving out of your driveway nose first can improve your ability to see bike riders. Exercise caution and be aware that you are required to give way to riders on both the pathway and the road. Children on small bikes might be hard to see. Be sure to take particular care around schools, in local streets, near parks and other places where children might be riding bikes.
When parallel parking always check for approaching bike riders before opening your car door. Checking your rear and side mirrors as well as turning around to check for bikes can be the difference between a rider safely passing and a potentially serious crash.
Bike riders are legitimate road users and have as much right to use public roads as you do. Most adults who chose to ride also own a registered car which they chose to leave at home. By choosing to ride instead of drive, they are helping reduce traffic congestion, pollution and road wear.
Do not use your horn unnecessarily at cyclists. Long sustained horn blasts, particularly in close proximity, can be dangerous. It can alarm a rider and result in them reacting in an unexpected way. This can create a hazardous situation for both you and the rider. In the situation where you do need to use your horn, do so at a respectable distance and try and keep it short and cheerful.
Try riding a bike. It may just change your life, or at least your perception of people on bikes. Riding a bike is can be great for your health, bank balance and the environment. It will also give you a better appreciation and understanding for what bike riders face every day on the road.