Links to the State of Western Australia, Department of Transport provided with permission 2016.
Cycling rules, standards and safety
In Western Australia, a bicycle is considered a legal road vehicle, and must obey the same rules as other vehicles. A license is however not required.
Helmets must comply with AS/NZS 2063:2008 standards and must have a compliance sticker attached.
If a bike lane is available, it is compulsory to use it. If a bike lane is not available, or is under repair, cyclist may use the carriageways.
Riding your bike at night or in poor weather conditions
You must follow these rules:
- front light – a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200m
- rear light – a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200m
Bike Storage Areas
A bike storage area on the WA roads are painted green with white bike symbols. These storage areas are at traffic light intersections, allowing a cyclist to move in front of a vehicle at lights in order to turn right.
Hook turns are also permissible if there is no bike storage area once all traffic has cleared, and there is not a “No Hook Turn” sign.
Cyclist only rules
There are a few rules in WA applicable only to cyclists. These involve road rules, the use of hand signals, approved helmets, riding in and around other vehicles, riding with other cyclists and riding off road or in pedestrian areas, and on public transport.
A summarised and illustrated Cycling Rules booklet has been developed by the Department of Transport. This booklet is a guide to the laws that apply to riding a bike in WA. It does not include every legislative rule and requirement that applies to riding a bike, and is not intended to be used as a legal document. Other information is available on the Road Safety Commission website.
A full list of the legislations can be found in the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act 2008 and Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.