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 waking 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.

Single lane roundabouts that have already been upgraded include:

  • Three in Earlville at Gordon & Hoad Street, Gordon & Henley Street, and Gordon Street & Balaclava Road
  • Two in Mooroobool at the Beatrice & Irene Street and Kingsford & Swallow Street roundabouts
  • One in Manunda at the English and Birch Street roundabout.

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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: 04 February 2019