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Lesser known road rules

As a result of analysing survey responses a number of lesser known road rules have emerged.  Three of these were used to inform messages for Safe Cycle Month and media for Ride2Work day.  
Lesser known road rules:

  • Hook turn: bike riders have the option to use a hook turn to turn right at any intersection, unless signed otherwise
  • Bike lanes: bike riders must use an on-road bike lane when one is available, unless it is obstructed or there is a hazard in the way
  • Shared paths: bike riders must give way to pedestrians on shared paths
View the media release developed for Ride2Work day  publicising these rules.


Cycling road rules review


As part of the Victorian State Government’s Cycling into the Future 2013-23: Victoria’s Cycling Strategy, VicRoads is currently reviewing the Victorian road safety road rules and road safety legislation.


The Victoria’s Cycling Strategy - Cycling Action Plan 2013 and 2014 focuses on reviewing road safety legislation and on planning and delivering public awareness campaigns to make cycling safer. As a result VicRoads Cycling Road Rules review is examining how to better increase awareness of road rules relating to cycling, encourage safe and respectful behaviours from all road users and ensure bike riders and other road users have appropriate rights and responsibilities.  

Research Methods 

A range of research and engagement activities have now been undertaken to understand current opinions and explore opportunities as part of the review.  Methods have included:

  • Examination of the latest research and cycling crash statistics
  • Feedback from cycling stakeholders and other community interest groups
  • Online public survey
  • Survey of local councils to understand their current perception of cycling in their region
Public Survey
In July 2014 VicRoads conducted an online survey to gain a better understanding of Victorian road users current knowledge of the cycling road rules, and to seek opinions on a range of issues relating to cycling and cycling related road rules. All road users, whether they were bike riders or not, were encouraged to complete the survey.
The aim of the public survey was to:

  • identify opportunities to make it easier for people to take up riding and for current bike riders to use roads, and
  • better protect bike riders’ and other road users' safety
Almost 11,000 responses to the online survey, which closed on Sunday 27 July, were received.  This remarkable response has highlighted the passionate views shared by cyclists, drivers, pedestrians and motorcyclists in relation to cycling. VicRoads would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey.  
The analysis of the survey data is currently underway, as part of the cycling road rules review.  With such a high number of respondents, plus an extensive volume of both quantitative and qualitative data, it is expected that the survey analysis will be completed by the end of 2014. 

Stakeholder Engagement

VicRoads has worked closely with a wide range of government, road safety and cycling stakeholders, and special interest groups in understanding their views and issues around cycling. Discussions with key stakeholders informed some of the questions in the survey regarding issues on the roads, shared paths and footpaths.
Stakeholders consulted to date include:

  • Amy Gillett Foundation
  • Bicycle Network Victoria
  • Blind Citizens Australia
  • COTA (Council of the Aging)
  • Cycling Australia
  • Local Government
  • Municipal Association of Victoria
  • RACV
  • State Government Departments and Agencies
  • Transport Accident Commission
  • Victoria Walks
  • Vision Australia

Current progress

Review of the latest research, cycling crash statistics, feedback from a range of stakeholder and community interest groups, alongside the analysis of the survey data is progressing.
Due to the amount of data requiring review we will need some time to ensure a thorough analysis is completed. VicRoads values the time the community and stakeholder interest groups have provided to this review and wants to make sure the information provided is thoroughly considered.
At this time there is no plan to make any changes to current cycling road rules (including changes to traffic signal road rules). 

Next Steps

VicRoads expects to provide the Cycling Road Rules review to Government in early 2015.  The results of the review will inform future work and priorities in cycling, including:

  • consideration of road rules that may need amending or development of new rules
  • public education or communication of existing rules
  • influencing future strategies and policies.
If as part of the review there was strong justification for a road rule change, further consultation would be undertaken to help fully understand the impact of any proposed change.  

Preliminary results


Respondent profile

Preliminary results provide a snap shot of who has responded to the review.  View the profile - VicRoads Cycling Road Rules Review [PDF, 470 Kb]

Lesser known road rules

As a result of analysing survey responses a number of lesser known road rules have emerged.  Three of these were used to inform messages for Safe Cycle Month and media for Ride2Work day.  
Lesser known road rules:

  • Hook turn: bike riders have the option to use a hook turn to turn right at any intersection, unless signed otherwise
  • Bike lanes: bike riders must use an on-road bike lane when one is available, unless it is obstructed or there is a hazard in the way
  • Shared paths: bike riders must give way to pedestrians on shared paths
View the media release developed for Ride2Work day  publicising these rules.


Contact us about the review

For further information on the Cycling Road Rules Review please use the ‘contact us’ section.  




https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/cyclist-safety/cycling-road-rules-review

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