Safety and rules (Bicycle rider handbook)
Welcome to a handbook for bicycle riders – a useful guide to riding your bicycle safely on NSW roads.
Cycling is an active form of transport for people of all ages - it's healthy, environmentally friendly and enjoyable. The NSW Government is committed to promoting cycling as a transport choice.
At the Roads and Maritime Services, our aim is to improve cycleway infrastructure and promote cycle safety. By working with local councils, schools, community groups and other government departments, we hope to create a better future for cyclists.
A handbook for bicycle riders contains valuable tips on road safety, bicycle maintenance, road rules and the legal aspects of riding your bicycle. You can also download a printed version.
In this section...
Reduce your risk of head injury in the event of a bicycle crash – wear an approved helmet.
It’s important to ensure your bicycle suits your abilities and is roadworthy before you ride.
Keeping your bike in good condition will enhance your cycling experience and the longevity of your bike.
You should always keep your bicycle secure to avoid theft or damage.
The quickest route may not be the safest. Before you set out, plan the route that provides the safest road conditions.
It’s important that you don’t rush into cycling. Give yourself plenty of time to understand the road rules and gain riding experience before you ride in traffic.
Practising safe cycling will help you respond correctly to hazardous situations.
Bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities on the road as other road users.