On 1 August 2019, the road rules were amended in the Northern Territory. To find out more, go to the 2019 NT road rule changes campaign page.
Cycling is a popular activity with 26% of Territorians cycling in a typical week. Cyclists are vulnerable road users as they have little protection while on the road and are more at risk of dying or being injured if involved in a crash.
On average 18 cyclists are seriously injured each year on Territory roads and between 2017 - 2016, 4 cyclists have died.
Bicycles are classified as vehicles and therefore need to obey the road rules. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as all other drivers on the road.
- review of the cycle networks in Greater Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs
- bike safety education programs are delivered by Road Safety Community Engagement Officers in schools across the Territory and at the Road Safety Bike Education Centres in Darwin and Alice Springs
- nationwide study into cycling participation and driver-cyclist interactions
- support for bicycle groups in community rider safety initiatives, including Ride to Work and Ride to School National Campaigns.
What you can do
- wear an Australian Approved bicycle helmet at all times
- wear bright coloured clothing and shoes
- ensure your bicycle is road worthy, and has lights, reflectors and a bell
- use your bell when approaching pedestrians
- plan your route to utilise bike lanes and segregated bike paths where possible
- allow at least one metre of passing distance for cyclists if travelling at 60km/h or less, or 1.5 metres if travelling at 70km/h or over (exemptions apply)
- always check mirrors before opening car doors.
- get your Primary School to book a bike safety education session
- teach children to ride on bike paths and avoid the road where possible.
Relevant Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2022 actions
|12.1||Invest in separated cycling infrastructure||1-5||DIPL||LGANT||Safe road use|
Safe roads and roadsides
|12.2||Promote bike education for school students and safe cycling with other groups, such as heavy vehicles||1-5||DIPL||Safe road use|
|12.3||Introduce a minimum overtaking distance law for passing cyclists (the ‘1m rule’), including a targeted education and awareness campaign, which aligns with Police enforcement||1-2||DIPL||Police||Safe road use|
- Checking bikes home activity sheet
- Choosing and fitting helmets home activity sheet
- Helmet safety check home activity sheet
- Cycling safety fact sheet
- Cycling safety rules
- Cycling and walking maps
- Cycling penalties
- Bicycle Safety animation
- Wider of the rider rule video
- Amy Gillett Foundation: A Metre Matters Campaign
- Bicycle Network: Look before you open – dooring campaign
- Bicycle Network: Increasing the age of people allowed to ride on the footpath
- Bicycle Network: Ride to work day
- Bicycle Network: Ride to school day