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Road rules for cyclists

Cycling Road Rules

As a bicycle rider, you are operating a 'legal' vehicle. You have the same rights and responsibilities as any other road user.

Key road rules applying to cyclists include:

  • cyclists can ride in bus, transit and bike lanes
  • cyclists can ride on footpaths (unless prohibited by a sign), but must keep left and give way to pedestrians
  • cyclists are able to choose whether or not they wish to use a bike lane where one is provided - never ride in a bike lane on the wrong side of the road (travelling towards oncoming traffic)
  • cyclists must obey all traffic signals
  • cyclists can ride two abreast, but must stay within 1.5 metres of each other
  • cyclists can ride on the road shoulder or in a traffic lane
  • cyclists can overtake other vehicles on the left unless vehicles are signalling and turning left
  • cyclists are able to ride across a pedestrian (zebra) or children’s crossing as long as they come to a complete stop first, and then: proceed slowly and safely; give way to any pedestrian on the crossing; keep to the left of any oncoming bicycle rider or person who is using a personal mobility device
  • cyclists do not need to dismount at signalised pedestrian crossings

For more information on road rules, contact the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 74 68 or visit their website.

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