Safe Cycling Checklist


Are you going for a bicycle ride?

Before you start, here are some tips to help keep you safe!


Check your bike

  • Brakes – your bike must have at least one working brake
  • Bell - there must be a working bell or horn, or other audible device
  • Reflectors and lights - you must have a rear reflector at all times and lights for night riding.

Check the following before every ride

  • A - Air - squeeze the sides of each tyre and inflate if either tyre feels soft
  • B - Brakes - apply the brakes - they should hold the wheels still
  • C - Chain - make sure the chain isn't hanging off, broken or rusty.

Check your helmet

  • By law, an Australian and New Zealand Standards approved helmet must be worn when cycling
  • Straps should provide a snug fit around the ears and under the chin and should not be twisted.


  • Wear brightly coloured clothing to be easily seen.

When riding your bicycle

  • Children under 12 years of age may ride on a footpath. An adult rider who is supervising a cyclist under 12 may also ride with the young cyclist on the footpath
  • Ride in a safe manner with no sudden movements
  • Obey all road rules including traffic lights and road signs
  • Give hand signals when changing lanes or turning left or right
  • Keep control of your bike at all times
  • Be aware of parked cars and opening doors.

When riding on shared pathways

  • Give way to pedestrians
  • Slow down when passing
  • Keep to the left
  • Use your bell or horn to let others know you are nearby or planning to pass.