Bike safety tips
Be safe when you ride. Cyclists should take care to ride safely, obey the road rules and maintain their bicycles properly.
Here are some tips to make sure your bike ride is safe and enjoyable.
- Ensure that your bike is in safe working order by maintaining it regularly and checking the brakes, chain and tyres for wear and tear
- Make sure that your bike is fitted properly - with the handlebars and seat at the right height and position for you
- Always remember to warm up and cool down to give your muscles time to adjust.
When cycling on shared paths
- Give way to pedestrians and give them plenty of room when passing
- Keep to your side of any dividing line
- Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary
- Use your bell to alert other path users and pass on the right.
When cycling on roads
- Follow the road rules and ride as close as practicable to the left hand side
- Give hand signals when turning left or right and signal when you are about to stop
- If there are bicycle lanes marked on the road, please use them. They assist motorists and bicycle riders to share the road
- Look for other vehicles and signal if you need to leave a bicycle lane to turn, merge with other traffic or to avoid an obstruction
- Riding two abreast is permitted unless dangerous.
- For a full list of bike laws in Victoria please visit http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/publication/bike-law/read
- Always wear a helmet. It should fit securely on your head without sliding forward or backwards
- Invest in a good quality lock, preferable a D-Lock
- Consider carrying a puncture repair kit, tools and bike pump for those unexpected incidents
- Lights and reflective clothing are a must if you travel at night: a white light for the front, a red light for the back. You should also wear reflective materials to ensure you are visible to motorists
- Carry a water bottle to ensure you stay hydrated on your journey. Water bottle cages are designed to fit your bike
- If you wish to track your distance and time, invest in a cycle computer that attaches to your handlebars and takes a reading from the front bike wheel.
VicRoads safety information
Check VicRoads Safety & Rules for more information about cycling on Victoria's road network and their initiatives for safer riders.
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