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
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