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Roads are public spaces we all share whether we’re bike riders, car drivers, motorcyclists or truck drivers. Bike riders don’t have the protection of a vehicle. A bike is harder to see than a car and has far less protection. Drivers need to always be alert to bike riders. And it is important for bike riders to be as visible as possible by wearing bright clothing and having a flashing white light on the front of their bike and a flashing red one on the back.
Many collisions happen because a driver does not see a bike rider. When overtaking a bike rider in a speed zone of up to and including 60km/h, drivers overtaking must keep a distance of one metre and 1.5 metres in higher speed zones. Although double lines can be crossed to overtake, do so only if it is safe to do so.
Bike riders can travel two abreast, not more than 1.5 metres apart and take the whole lane if necessary to be visible.
When you are riding:
- Follow the road rules: everyone needs to stop at a red traffic light; breaking the law creates tension on our roads.
- Be seen. Wear light or bright colours and use your lights to increase your visibility.
- Ride safe: keep your bike in roadworthy good condition.
- Be predictable: use hand signals to indicate your intention before changing lanes or turning.
- Be ready to ride: plan and make sure you’re prepared for your trip. Never ride tired. Know your body and its capabilities.
- Be alert. Ride to the conditions. Look out for other vehicles, motorcycles and pedestrians entering and exiting driveways and laneways. Make eye contact with drivers.
- Wear a helmet. It’s the law.
- Be identifiable. Always have ‘in case of emergency’ contact details on you and let people know where you are riding
When you are driving:
- Overtaking: maintain at least one metre in speed zones up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres in zones above 60km/h from bike riders. It is important to keep a safe distance when passing a bike rider and it is legal to cross centre lines when safe to do so.
- Be prepared: plan your drive, take a 15-minute break every two hours and drive safely.
- Be predictable: indicate your intention to move well before changing lanes and before changing direction, look for bike riders, indicate, check mirrors and blind spots.
- Concentrate: focus 100 percent on driving 100 percent of the time; keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and mind on the road.
- Follow the road rules: manage speed to stop or slow safely; drive to conditions by slowing down when road or weather conditions change.
- Check: before opening car doors, check mirrors for bike riders and look behind you before opening the door and tell others in the car to do the same.
- Give way: when pulling out of a car parking bay, driveway or lane, give right of way to bike riders as you would for any other vehicle.
- Be alert: expect to see bike riders in all areas and look for them at intersections and roundabouts