Tips on Riding Your Bike on Australian Roads

As an international student starting out in Australia, cutting on expenses is a struggle. For this reason, a lot chooses to ride on a bike than commute. This is a brilliant idea but before you hit the pedal, listen over to this few safety reminders from the Exchangr team. You’ll thank us for this.

1) Cars do not like cyclists on the road because they slow them down but it’s perfectly legal. However, you need to stay as far as possible to the curb. The Exchangr team would like to emphasize that there actually are bicycle lanes and if you just drive through here, you’ll have no problem. Unless of course you have to avoid an obstruction, then you have to deal with other vehicles. In such incidences, keep at least 2m distance from the vehicle you’re following.

2) It’s compulsory to use hand signals when you turn. For safety purposes, extend your arm out horizontally to the side where you’re turning. Your hand should be open, with your palm facing forward.

3) At night time or on days when weather is making it difficult to see, have lights installed on your bike or attached on your clothing. The Exchangr team suggests you to have white steady or flashing light in front and a red one at the back. You also need to acquire a red reflector.

4) Don’t hit the road right away! We get it, you’re excited to venture the streets with your new bike but you have to wait until you are sure that you have adequate skills to manage riding on busy roads. You don’t want to be a nuisance ti the public. The Exchangr team suggests tjat you practise first on quiet roads. 

5) Keep yourself safe and the bike, too. Australian Standard (AS) approved helmets are a must when you ride a bike. And one last tip from the Exchangr team, once you arrive at the destination, make sure to always lock your bike.Keep it secured.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. smilecalm says:

    wonderfully useful
    tips for cyclists 🙂

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  2. Riding as close as possible to the curb is awful advice.

    It encourages cars to make closer passes when there’s not really a safe place to pass and also gives you zero buffer space to move over if a car does pass too close. Riding slightly further out or even commanding the lane can actually be much safer (ie: when there’s a traffic island on a single lane).

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    1. Darren Kitay says:

      However, you need to stay as far as possible to the curb. — I believe that’s pretty much how we stated it on the article. Thanks for the additional tip. We appreciate it.

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      1. I read it and see how it means that now, but it could be worded better. Maybe give a distance guide or say don’t ride in the gutter!

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