Department of State Growth – Transport
Content extracted from Tasmanian Govt, Department of State Growth – Transport 2016. Please click on the ‘more info’ tab for a link to the Agency website.
The Tasmanian Government and the Road Safety Advisory Council are committed to working towards the elimination of fatalities and serious injuries caused by road trauma in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2007-2016 will strive to achieve the following targets:
- By 2010: a 20% reduction in serious injuries and fatalities from 2005
- By 2015: a 20% reduction in serious injuries and fatalities from 2010
- By 2020: a 20% reduction in serious injuries and fatalities from 2015
More information regarding the road Safety Strategy can be found in
Some key rules:
- For passing a cyclist, a driver must pass with 1.0 metre clearance if driving under 60kmh or 1.5 metres if driving more than 60kmh.
- Special purpose bike lanes are marked for bicycles only. Cars can’t generally drive your car or motorcycle in a special purpose lane.
- A car can drive for up to 50 metres in a bicycle lane and 100 metres in any other special purpose lane only when:
- you need to cross it to enter or leave the road
- avoiding a hazard in your lane
- overtaking a vehicle turning right.
- A bicycle storage area (BSA) is an area of road before an intersection with traffic lights, that is painted with a bicycle symbol and is between two parallel stop signs. The BSA usually opens out from a bicycle lane.
- When stopping at a red light or red arrow, drivers must not enter a BSA.
- Drivers must give way to a cyclist already in a BSA when proceeding on a green light.
- You can ride alongside another bike rider, but not more than 1.5 metres apart.
- You must not ride your bike within two metres of the rear of a moving motor vehicle continuously for more than 200 metres.
The Hobart Community Legal Service is a community organisation whose aims are to foster community awareness of the law, to make the law more equitable and accessible to the public and to provide free legal information, advice and referral to the general public in southern Tasmania.
This organisation has extensive plain English descriptions of Tasmanian Road Rules and Bicycle rules.
The road laws for cyclists in Tasmania are contained in the Road Rules 2009. If a cyclist fails to observe road rules, penalties that apply to drivers also apply to cyclists. However, there are some rules that apply specifically to cyclists. A few Road Rules below are:
- All bicycle riders, and their passengers, must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on their head. All approved helmets are labelled.
- Riders must sit astride the rider’s seat facing forwards with at least one hand on the handlebars.
- The rider of a bicycle must not carry more persons on the bicycle than the bicycle is designed to carry.
- A rider is not permitted to ride within 2 metres of the rear of a moving motor vehicle continuously for more than 200 metres.
- A rider is permitted to overtake a motor vehicle on the left except where that vehicle is turning left or indicating it will be turning left.
- Riders are not allowed to ride across a road, or a part of a road, on a children’s crossing, marked foot crossing or pedestrian crossing.
- Cyclists on footpaths must give way to pedestrians and keep to the left where practicable
- Cyclists must keep a distance of 2 metres from the rear of a moving motor vehicle over distances of greater than 200m
- Cyclists must stop at a red light or a stop sign or give way at a give way sign.
Cyclists may ride on a footpath unless such a use is prohibited ( sign posts or painted symbols on the path).
On shared paths, the same etiquette as with footpaths applies – keep to the left, and give way to pedestrians. Cyclists using separated or bicycle paths must keep to the left of those paths on the bicycle designated path. Cyclists must not ride in the part of the path designated for use by pedestrians.
Drivers are not permitted to drive in the bicycle lane except for up to 50 metres if about to park or if driving a bus, taxi or the like and setting down or picking up passengers.
Two cyclists may ride side by side, but the distance between them can be no greater than 1.5m. Cyclists cannot ride more than two abreast unless one cyclist is attempting to overtake the other two cyclists.
See Tasmanian Law Handbook e-link