Share the Road

Bicycle education and safety

We are very proud of our cycling culture in Cairns and are committed to expanding our cycling and walking network as outlined in Council’s Cycling & Walking Strategy 2010 – 2030. We currently provide over 450km of off–road paths and many on-road cycle lanes for cycling and walking enthusiasts to explore our unique region. Head to the cycling and walking routes and maps page for more information.

Improving safety for all road users

Whether you ride on two wheels, four or more, we all need to get along and share the road safely.

In 2015, TMR introduced new cycling rules to improve safety for cyclists:

  • You can now ride across zebra crossings, but make sure you stop and it’s safe to do so
  • It is now optional to ride in a bicycle lane
  • You can now ride on a single lane roundabout like any other road user

It is important to remember, when you ride a bicycle, you must obey the general road rules the same as other motorists as well as the specific road rules for bicycle riders. Head to the bicycle road rules and safety page on TMR’s website for more information.

Tips for sharing roads

If you are riding a bicycle

  • Be considerate of drivers when choosing to cycle two abreast. Indicate clearly and make sure you are clearly visible
  • Ride predictably
  • Use hand signals
  • Obey the road rules. Rules apply to everyone not just drivers.

If you are a driver

  • Give cyclists space – at least 1 metre at 60km/hr or less, and 1.5 metres over 60km/hr
  • Give way to cyclists and indicate
  • Brake and wait until it is safe to pass a cyclist
  • Look before opening your car door

New roundabout improvements

Council is progressively introducing new treatments for Council managed single and multi-lane roundabouts to improve safety for all road users. The two types of roundabouts are treated differently and have different guidelines to follow. These are localised to our region and differ from TMR’s roundabout rules for cyclists.

Single lane roundabouts

When approaching a single lane roundabout, cyclists are encouraged to take the lane. This is the preferred option. By taking a lane, motorists at these roundabouts are more aware of cyclists. You will notice the approach speed is reduced to 30km, bike and arrow symbols will direct cyclists into the traffic lane on the roundabout and “watch for cyclists” signs will be installed.

Drivers and cyclists are governed by the same road laws. When lines of traffic merge, including cycle lanes, users must give way to any vehicle ahead of them. At these roundabouts cyclists are allowed to travel in the main traffic lane, and exit the roundabout into the dedicated cycle lanes. At the same time, cyclists need to acknowledge vehicle speeds and ride so as not to unnecessarily delay drivers.

Single lane roundabouts that have already been upgraded include:

  • Gatton St / Severin St;
  • Lake St / Upward St;
  • Lake St / McKenzie St;
  • Martyn St / Grove St;
  • Scott St / Buchan St;
  • Woodward St / Pease St / Collins Ave;
  • Ramsey Dr / McGregor St / Irene St;
  • Discovery Dr / Parkinson Ave / Sandalwood Ave;
  • Discovery Dr / Moore Rd;
  • Paradise Palms Dr / Reed Dr / Boulevard North;
  • Paradise Palms Dr / Paradise Palms Resort Entrance; and
  • Paradise Palms Dr / Paradise Palms Dr.

The following single lane roundabout upgrades have been scheduled for the 2019/2020 financial year:

  • Ramsey Drive / Sailfish Close / Teraglin Street intersection;
  • Gatton Street / Brown Street intersection;
  • Kowinka Street / Skull Road intersection;
  • Martyn Street / Gatton Street intersection;
  • Martyn Street / Upward Street intersection;
  • Lennon Street / Tills Street / English Street intersection; and
  • Des Chalmers Drive / Charlotte Close.

Eventually this treatment will be implemented on all single lane roundabouts within the Cairns region. Any new roundabouts will be marked and signed accordingly at the time of construction. Roundabout upgrades are prioritised based on crash history, vehicle volumes, number of heavy vehicles and cycle routes.

Multi-lane roundabouts

When approaching a multi-lane roundabout, cyclists are encouraged to use the off-road connection. This is the safest option for cyclists.

You will notice signage and a lane directing cyclists off the road, be sure to follow the connection to turn left, continue straight, or to turn right.

We upgraded the Aumuller and Scott Street roundabout in Bungalow with these treatments in mid-2018.

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Last updated: 17 March 2020