With an increasing number of cyclists on the road each year, Queensland government has introduced safer road rules for cyclists as of 1 January 2015.
The new laws allow cyclists to choose whether or not they want to ride in a bicycle lane where one is provided which is consistent with the rules for other special purpose lanes.
This also eliminates any limitations cyclists previously had when using the road.
Cyclists are now permitted to cross at zebra and children’s crossing if they have come to a complete stop before crossing.
This rule will override the previous one where cyclists were to dismount their bike before crossing.
This change will not only make the road rules on crossings more consistent but allow cyclists to ride on footpaths more freely.
According to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland, over 1.9 million Australians now cycle and 60 per cent of Australians cycle regularly.
Due to the large number of cyclists on the road, it is important that they all follow consistent road rules in order to keep Queensland roads safe.
The aim of the changes is to keep Queensland road rules current and to provide residents with easier rules to understand and obey.
Previously, cyclists were to ride on the far left hand side of the road on a single lane roundabout.
Since the rule changes, cyclists are allowed to ride on any part of the road appropriate for their point of exit on single lane roundabouts.
The introduction of these rules means all road users will be safer on Queensland roads, cyclists will have more flexibility to ride on the roads and footpaths and will be treated as legitimate road users.
Written by Will Barsby
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: September 26, 2018.