From March 2016, new laws for NSW cyclists will be implemented with the intent to improve safety for all road users.  There have been mixed reactions since NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced the upcoming changes, yet Minister Gay says it is “…about striking a balance for everyone on the roads and footpaths”. President of the Australian Cycling Party, Omar Khalifa is in opposition to the new laws and questions their practicality, “We really should be doing everything we can to encourage cycling. To put all this emphasis and all this energy from the road and transport people on to the penalty side of things just seems out of tune and completely disproportionate and misplaced,” he said (Triple J, Hack Program).

The new laws set to begin early next year include the following:

Photo ID

  • Bicycle riders aged 18 and over must carry a photo ID

Metre of Space

Drivers who pass a bicycle rider must allow a distance of at least:

  • 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less
  • 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h
  • Bicycle riders are also encouraged to allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.

Increased Penalties

  • Not a wearing helmet (from $71 to $319)
  • Running a red light (from $71 to $425)
  • Riding dangerously (from $71 to $425)
  • Holding onto a moving vehicle (from $71 to $319)
  • Not stopping at children’s/pedestrian crossing ($71 to $425)

Information was sourced from Transport for NSW website.