Helmets and Cycling Safety

Cyclists need to be aware of how to reduce your risk on the road. This safety page provides information on how to keep yourself and your family safe while riding your bikes and how to share the roads and footpaths with drivers and other road users.


Helmets:

  •  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.

Lights and visibility

Make sure you can easily be seen by drivers and other road users in hours of darkness or bad weather. Although not mandatory, cyclists should wear brightly coloured, or at night reflective, clothing at night to increase visibility.

Your bicycle is required to be fitted with:

  • A flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200m from the front of the bicycle.
  • A flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200m from the rear of the bicycle.
  • A red reflector that is visible for at least 50m from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low beam.
  • 2 yellow side reflectors on each wheel.
  • Yellow pedal reflectors on both sides of each pedal.

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.