Cyclists and the road rule

A conversation around cyclists and the road rules has been sparked on social media, prompting Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron to remind West Australians that many road rules apply to anyone in charge of a vehicle, including cyclists

24 Jul 2018

WA Police Force officers recently fined a woman for using a mobile phone while riding her bicycle, which has surprised some members of the public.

While there are offences specific to cyclists, such as riding two abreast no more than 1.5 metres apart or not riding a bicycle within two metres of the rear of a motor vehicle, cyclists must also adhere to more general road rules.

“Many traffic offences within the Road Traffic Code 2000 apply to the definition of a vehicle, which includes a bicycle or animal that can be ridden, and those riding a bicycle or animal are also considered drivers of a vehicle,” said Mr Cameron.

“If you are riding a bicycle, you will be subject to mobile phone and drink driving offences and the reason for that is safety as you pose a risk to yourself and other road users if you are riding while distracted or impaired.”

The community is encouraged to brush up on their knowledge of WA road rules, starting with our Rules and Penalties page which highlights the most asked about traffic regulations.

If you are a resident of Western Australia, we welcome your views, whether you are a cyclist, a driver, or both on the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/02MPDsurvey.

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