Victoria Reviews Cycling Road Rules

Victoria’s road rules for cyclists could be changed based on the weight of public opinion about how motorists and cyclists ought to share the road. The Napthine government will survey the public over the next month about its knowledge of cycling-related road rules and its attitudes about interaction between people in vehicles and on bikes.

The results, from a VicRoads online survey that will run from Sunday until July 27, will be used to inform a review of the state’s cycling-related road rules. Tell your Victorian riding friends to have their say!

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Well done to Victoria for having a 10-year cycling strategy, 2013-23. Even better, the strategy, released in 2012, noted that cycling in Victoria had boomed 35 per cent for commuting in five years and 30 per cent  for recreation over 10 years.

Bicycle Network's Garry Brennan said Victoria was overdue for a ‘‘line by line review’’ of cycling-related road rules to reflect the increasing popularity of cycling, but said any talk of a war on the roads between motorists and cyclists was misleading. “Lately we see some roads with more bikes than cars on them at particular times of the day — the whole dynamic of the road is changing and the laws have to respond to this new traffic mix,’’ Mr Brennan said.

‘‘While both drivers and riders in Victoria generally get on well, there is nevertheless considerable uncertainty and confusion over some of the rules.’’ He said an explicit law was needed that put the duty of care upon motorists ‘‘to be prudent and careful in all interactions with cyclists and pedestrians’’.


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