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
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:
- Bungalow: Scott St / Buchan St;
- Cairns North: Lake St / Upward St; Lake St / McKenzie St;
- Earlville: Balaclava Rd / Gordon St; Gordon St / Hoad St; Gordon St / Henley St;
- Edge Hill: Woodward St / Pease St / Collins Ave;
- Manunda: Birch St / English St; Gatton St / Brown St; Lennon St / Tills St / English St;
- Mooroobool: Kingsford St / Swallow St;
- Kanimbla: Ramsey Dr / McGregor St / Irene St; Ramsey Dr / Sailfish Cl / Teraglin St;
- Kewarra Beach: Discovery Dr / Moore Rd; Discovery Dr / Parkinson Ave / Sandalwood Ave; Paradise Palms Dr / Paradise Palms Resort Entrance; Paradise Palms Dr / Paradise Palms Dr; Paradise Palms Dr / Reed Dr / Boulevard North;
- Parramatta Park: Gatton St / Severin St; Martyn St / Grove St; Martyn St / Gatton St; Martyn St / Upward St;
- White Rock: Kowinka St / Skull Rd;
- Woree: Des Chalmers Dr / Charlotte Cl.
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.
Taking the lane at single 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.
The following multi-lane roundabouts have been upgraded:
- Bungalow: Aumuller St / Scott St;
- Mt Sheridan: Forrest Gardens Blvd / George Cannon Dr / Murgatroyd Rd / Benjamina St;
- Redlynch: Redlynch Connector Rd / Redlynch Intake Rd / Shaws Rd.
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