NSW Cycling Rules: What’s new and what has changed.

It’s been just over 5 months since Transport for NSW introduced some new road laws in regards to cyclists on the road and increased penalties for other pre-existing rules as part of their ‘Go Together’ campaign.

While a lot of us have heard the rules that you must wear a helmet and your bicycle must have a bell fitted, a lot of the other rules and changes are not known.  So here is a quick summary of those changes introduced on 1 March 2016.

First, there was the introduction of the two following new rules:

  • Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space: 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.   There are some exceptions to the road rules to help drivers provide the minimum distance and you can read about them here.

There is a penalty of a $319 fine and the loss of 2 demerit points to drivers caught not allowing the minimum distance when passing a cyclist.

  • Bicycle riders over 18 must carry photo ID: All bicycle riders over the age of 18 must carry recognised photo identification.  The recognised photo ID is either a valid Driver’s License or a NSW Photo Card.  They have allowed a 12 month adjustment period so this law doesn’t come into full effect until 1 March 2017.

From 1 March 2017, any cyclist stopped by police for breaking the road rules and found without the required photo ID could face a $106 fine.

In addition to these new rules, there were also major increases to fines for five offenses in relation to high risk behaviour for cyclists.

  • Running a red light: $425
  • Not wearing a helmet: $319
  • Not stopping at a children’s or pedestrian crossing: $425
  • Holding onto a moving vehicle: $319
  • Riding dangerously: $425

Penalties for all other cyclist offenses also increased to $106.  This includes the requirement that all bicycles must be fitted with a bell.

Find information on the road rules as they apply to cyclists here.

And the full comprehensive NSW Road Rules here.

As a final part of the Go Together campaign, Cyclists were also encouraged to provide pedestrians with a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.  While there is no direct penalty for this, it is encouraged as good riding etiquette.

A lot of Drivers and some Cyclists develop the Us and Them attitude when it comes to using the road.  Please remember that it is OUR road.  It does not belong to US or THEM.

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