Cyclists died on WA roads in 2016.
Cyclists died on WA roads between 2010 and 2016.
Cyclists are among Western Australia’s most vulnerable road users. The Road Safety Commission has provided information and tips to help keep you and your family safe while riding your bikes and sharing the roads and footpaths.
- It is compulsory for all cyclists to wear an approved helmet while in motion, unless exempted.
- The mandatory requirements for Australian helmet standards are set out in the Trade Practices Act 1974.
- A bicycle must be fitted with a flashing or steady front white light that is visible for at least 200 metres in front of the bicycle at night or in reduced visibility.
- If a cyclist is riding at night, or in reduced visibility, their bicycle must be equipped with a front white light, that is either flashing or steady and visible for at least 200 metres in front of the bicycle.
- Although not mandatory, cyclists should wear brightly coloured, or at night reflective, clothing at night to increase visibility.
- Make sure you and your bike are highly visible to other road users at night and in low visibility.
- Make sure the rear red reflector, orange pedal reflectors and front white reflector on your bike are intact and not obscured.
- Make sure your rear red light and front white light are working and have enough power for riding at night or in low-visibility.
- Wear highly visible clothing that contrasts with your surroundings.
- At night, wear clothing that has reflective material.
Ride to conditions
- Monitor your speed, as riding too fast can put you and others at risk.
- In wet weather, slow down around corners and allow enough distance to brake.
- If overtaking pedestrians or other cyclists leave a safe distance and enough time to pass.
Sharing paths and roads
The Road Safety Commission promotes empathy between motorists and cyclists by providing practical advice on safely sharing our roads and footpaths.
Motorists and cyclists
- Motorists are advised to keep a safe distance when overtaking cyclists. If it is not possible to safely overtake, slow down and wait until it is safe to overtake.
- Motorists should check blind spots for riders before moving left or right on the carriageway
- Motorists are only permitted to drive in a marked bicycle lane for 50m to stop or park in a designated parking area.
- Public bus and taxi drivers may also drive in a bicycle lane for up to 50m, if the driver is dropping off or picking up passengers.
- Cyclists of all ages may ride on footpaths in WA, unless otherwise signed.
- Cyclists must ride in single file on footpaths.
- Pedestrians, including mobility scooters and motorised wheelchair users, always have right of way.
- Cyclists should use their bell to alert other shared path users that a bicycle is approaching.
- Cyclists should use their bell to alert pedestrians/mobility scooter operators/motorised wheelchair users that a bicycle is approaching.
- Drivers must give way to cyclists at driveways, but cyclists should slow down to ensure they have been seen.
- Animals must not be tied to a moving bike.
- Animals and children on footpaths can be unpredictable. Cyclists should slow and cycle to the conditions.
A well-maintained bicycle is more reliable and safer to ride. Follow these tips to keep your bicycle roadworthy.
Basic bike maintenance
- Carry a basic toolkit and puncture repair kit, that contains specially made compact bicycle tools with Allen keys and screwdriver heads.
- Check your tyres weekly for splitting and wear, and ensure the tyre pressure is between the minimum and maximum pressure recommended on the side of each tyre.
- Check monthly that your brakes work and that the cables are not fraying. Brake pads need to touch the wheels’ metal rim, but not the tyre.
- Check your wheel spokes are not loose and that the rims are straight.
- Clean and lubricate to your bike components, in particular the chain, to ensure it runs smoothly. But avoid the wheel rims.
- Keep your bike out of the rain to avoid rust.
- Make sure your front and back lights are working and are bright enough, before riding at night.