NEW Bicycle Rules – Driver’s Must Give Way!
Drivers will be required to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist where the speed limit is 60km/h or less or 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h. This law came into effect on 25 October 2015.
This change is in response to the Report of the Citizen’s Jury on Sharing the Road Safely.
Cyclists have less protection than motorists and are more likely to be injured if a crash happens, so they need adequate space when on the road. The rule applies to all types of vehicles including cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses when passing a cyclist.
To assist with compliance of this rule, if a driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and can do so safely, they are permitted to:
- Drive to the right of the centre of the road
- Drive to the right of the dividing line
- Drive on a dividing strip that is at the same level as the road
- Drive on or over continuous lines around a painted island
- Straddle lanes
- Move across lanes
- Drive not completely in a single line of traffic.
What if a driver can’t give a metre?
Drivers will need to check their surroundings to ensure it is safe before indicating and passing the cyclist leaving at least the minimum distance. If it is not safe they will need to slow down and wait until it is safe to pass.
Will a cyclist need to give a metre when passing a vehicle?
Cyclists are expected to keep a safe distance when passing other traffic. However, the minimum passing distance will apply to motorists, not cyclists. This is because of the greater risk faced by cyclists when motorists pass them too closely. Cyclists do not pose the same risk to motorists.
What if a cyclist pulls up beside a vehicle within the minimum passing distance?
If a vehicle is stopped, for example at traffic lights or in a line of traffic, and a cyclist stops beside it within the minimum passing distance, the driver will not be committing an offence. When the traffic starts moving the cyclist is likely to ride ahead, and the driver can only pass when they can safely leave the minimum passing distance.
– See more at: http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/road-rules/newcyclinglaws#sthash.g3MqXGKR.dpuf