With an increase in the number of people choosing to cycle to get around, awareness, respect and courtesy are key behaviours that will help people get where they’re going safely.
Here are a few general tips to help things go smoothly:
Be aware and ride in control
- Control your speed so you can react quickly if needed.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times, checking behind as well as ahead of you. Watch for car doors opening, uneven surfaces, and people walking or scooting.
- Make extra checks around intersections where people driving may turn across cycle lanes.
- When riding through queues of stationary or slow-moving cars, scan ahead for gaps where turning vehicles may unexpectedly cut across your path. Slow down and be ready to stop quickly.
- During the change of seasons, be prepared with working lights on your bicycle so you can be seen.
- Bike lights in flashing mode are more noticeable and use less battery power.
- Reflectors, reflective strips, reflective bag covers and reflective ankle bands can help you be more visible.
- Consider wearing brightly coloured clothing or high visibility accessories.
Be predictable, communicate and be prepared
- Be predictable and confident - make eye contact with others, use clear hand signals to indicate when turning, and avoid weaving when riding alongside parked cars, staying at least a metre away to be clear of the "door zone".
- Ring your bell when approaching people you plan to pass on bikes, scooters or those on foot.
- Thank people you're sharing space with. Positive interactions go a long way to building a considerate culture to make getting around more pleasant for everyone.
- Plan your route – choosing which way to cycle is often quite different from the route people normally drive. Check out our Cycle Map(external link) to plan your route according to your cycling confidence levels.
- Check your bike is in good working order – brakes effective, tyres fully pumped and plenty of tread to help avoid punctures, chain oiled for an easier ride, lights and reflectors well placed.
- Wear an approved helmet that fits well and make sure you’re clued up to follow the road rules(external link).
Check out our Bike easy helmet and bike check [PDF, 8.2 MB].