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.