Territory and Municipal Services, Transport Canberra and City Services
Content provided with permission of ACT Govt, Territories and Municipal Services 2016.
Safer Cycling Reforms
The ACT commenced a two year trial of the metre matters rule and riding across pedestrian crossings commencing on 1 November 2015.
On 5 June 2014, the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services presented its report on the Inquiry into Vulnerable Roads Users to the Legislative Assembly. The report is aimed at improving road safety for vulnerable road users.
The ACT Government agreed to undertake a two year trial requiring motorists to provide a minimum passing distance when overtaking people on bicycles and allowing people to remain on their bicycles when crossing at pedestrian crossings. A community awareness and education strategy for this trial and establishment of a Cyclist Code of Conduct for the ACT will be conducted by the Government.
Minimum overtaking rule for passing cyclists
From 1 November 2015, motorists are required to provide a minimum lateral distance of one metre when overtaking a cyclist in speed zones at or below 60km/h and one and a half metres in speed zones above 60km/h.
To enable drivers to provide the minimum overtaking distances on narrow roads or roads with narrow lanes, motorists are allowed to cross centre lines, straddle lane-lines and drive on painted islands, provided the motorist has a clear view of any approaching traffic and that it is safe to do so.
Riding across pedestrian crossings
The trial also includes allowing cyclists to ride slowly across signalised marked foot crossings, children’s crossings and pedestrian crossings at no more than 10km/h.
Riders must only ride on a marked foot crossing if the crossing is showing a green bicycle/pedestrian crossing light.
Cyclists are required to slow to 10km/h on the approach to the crossing, check for any approaching traffic and be prepared to stop. Cyclists must also keep to the left of the crossing and give way to any pedestrians on the crossing.
To find out more about sharing the road, download the brochure for cyclists and motorists.
Sharing the Road