It is important to remember that although they don’t have an engine, bicycles used on public roads are considered motor vehicles in the eyes of the law. With that in mind, here are some ways to ensure that you properly share the road as a cyclist.

  • Wear a helmet at all times.
  • Give hand signals when changing lanes or turning left or right.
  • Ensure your bike has lights to help keep you safe in the dark – on both the front and back of the bike.
  • Use roundabouts correctly. Click here to find out how.
  • Ensure your bike is kept in good condition and that all components, e.g. brakes, are working fully.
  • Always ride on the same side as the traffic.
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs.
  • Allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.
  • Use reflective materials on your clothing and or bike, especially at night.
  • Always be in control of your bike. Do not ride with both hands off the handlebars, feet off the pedals or carry anything that prevents you from having control.
  • Ride in a predictable manner so that other road users do not have to react suddenly to your movements