Cyclists

Cyclists died on WA roads in 2016.

Cyclists died on WA roads between 2010 and 2016.

Might be a mate - Must be metre campaign 

Bicycle riders are some of our most vulnerable road users.  They have less protection than motorists and are more likely to be injured if there is a crash.  That is why the minimum passing rule has been established and why it’s here to stay.


From 30 November 2017, when the speed limit is 60km/h or under, motorists must leave a gap of at least 1m when passing a bicycle rider.  When the speed limit is over 60km/h, the gap must be at least 1.5m.
 
Carrying on from the Might be a mate campaign (Feb-May 2017), the Might be a mate - Must be metre campaign introduces the new minimum passing legislation. Its message – Might be a mate * Must be metre * Could be a fine
 

FAQs – Keeping a safe distance when passing

Link to Cyclist Road Rules page, opening in the same window    To learn more about new passing distance laws please read FAQs on our Road Rules Cyclist page

Cycle safely

It is important that cyclists are aware of what you can do to reduce your risk on the road, information and tips to help keep you and your family safe while riding your bikes and sharing the roads and footpaths.

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

A person shall not ride a bicycle during the hours of darkness, or in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, unless the bicycle, or the rider, displays or has affixed:
  • a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200m from the front of the bicycle; and
  • a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200m from the rear of the bicycle; and
  • 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; and
  • 2 yellow side reflectors on each wheel; and
  • yellow pedal reflectors on both sides of each pedal.
  • Although not mandatory, cyclists should wear brightly coloured, or at night reflective, clothing at night to increase visibility.

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.

Sharing footpaths

  • 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.

Safe bicycles

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.

 

Reporting a Hazard

Any hazards you spot while riding around WA’s paths and roads can be reported online to the Department of Transport or by phone to the Main Roads WA 24 hour hotline on 138 138.