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 one cyclist dies and 17 are seriously injured each year on Territory roads.
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
- when driving your vehicle, allow at least one metre of passing distance for cyclists
- 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
- 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