Draft road rule amendments

As discussed at recent meetings, CBD BUG is working to have some road rules that we see as cycle-unfriendly amended. A draft of the proposed changes is available online.

The key proposed changes are to:

  • Permit cycling across zebra and signalised crossings unless otherwise signed;
  • Recognise a hierarchy of road users within a shared zone: pedestrians, then cyclists, then motorists;
  • Remove obligations of cyclists in roundabouts beyond those of motorists;
  • Give cyclists crossing the road the same right of way as pedestrians;
  • Give cyclists discretion on when it is safe to use a bike lane; and
  • Bring general obligations of cyclists more in line with those of other road users.

See the full document for all the details, and the current road rules for reference. As always, we’re keen to hear what members have to say, so let us know what you think!

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3 Responses to Draft road rule amendments

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you want to very dangerous practice to "Permit cycling across zebra and signalised crossings unless otherwise signed" and give cyclists crossing the road the same right of way as pedestrians?

    Then you might as well allow pedestrians to walk along the bikepath?

    What you don't like this, then why suggested of allowing cyclists to ride on crossing and give cyclists crossing the road the same right of way as pedestrians?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Simple answer to cyclists dismounting at crossing under Rule 248.

    Is to ban footpath cycling like they do in other areas.

  3. Sebastian Tauchmann says:

    In answer to the first anonymous post:

    1. Footpaths are a shared zone for pedestrians and cyclists.

    2. A zebra or signalised crossing is a temporary extension of the footpath used for crossing a roadway.

    3. It follows that the rules for footpaths and crossings should be equivalent.

    4. Allowing cyclists to use a crossing without dismounts brings the rules into line

    Further, there's nothing dangerous about it.

    As for the second anonymous post: That's certainly one way of doing it. I can't wait for the shouting and cursing from the "Get 'em off the road" lobby when you try that. Good luck.

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