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Travel etiquette and education

Be Aware and Share when travelling in the city

Being aware of your surroundings when travelling round the city will contribute to a pleasant and safe experience as you share the roads and paths with other pedestrians, motorists and bike riders.

When cycling:

  • Use your bell to let pedestrians know you are approaching. It allows them to make way for you if appropriate.
  • To ensure everyone is safe, cross carefully if you cycle across a pedestrian crossing or scramble crossing.
  • Bike riders of all abilities use the roads and bikeways in the city. Use them with care and stick to the left to allow other cyclists to overtake.
  • Signal your intentions to let others around you know your actions.
  • Red lights and road rules apply to all motorists and cyclists.
  • Green bike boxes with white bike symbols at an intersection allow cyclists to wait in front of, and to get a head start on, motor vehicles stopped at the intersection. They also allow cyclists to be more easily seen by drivers. 
  •  A hook turn may be a safer and more convenient way for cyclists wanting to make a right turn on some roads, such as those with heavy traffic or with multiple lanes. 
  • On a kerb-side separated bikeway, riders have their own dedicated lane on the road, next to the kerb. They are separated from moving and parked vehicles In general. Kerb-side separated bikeways provide cyclists with a less-stressful and more enjoyable cycling experience. 
  • Bike riders of all ages are now allowed to ride on a footpath unless signs indicate to the contrary.
  • For information on other cycling laws and road rules for cyclists, click here.

When walking:

  • Using a  pedestrian crossing is the safest way to cross the street. Be patient and obey the signals so motorists and cyclists can anticipate your movements.
  • Both pedestrians and cyclists can use shared paths. If using one, stay left at all times. If you are accompanied by pets or children, ensure they too stay on the left-hand side of the path.
  • When crossing the road, make sure the traffic from both directions has stopped before moving forward, even if you are at a pedestrian crossing.

When driving:

  • Before opening your door, check that there are no bikes or vehicles coming towards you.
  • To prevent accidents and near misses, look out for bike riders and pedestrians whenever you are turning left or right.
  • When pulling over or attempting to parallel park, look out for cyclists.
  • There are some roads in the city that allow contra-flow cycling, so you may see a bike rider coming from either direction. 
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