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Road rules

Road rules and laws

The rules of the road in Australia are regulated by the states and territories. Explore your local bike-related laws and road rules below:

Helmet position

Bicycle Network recognises that bicycle users are required by Australian law in all states to wear a properly fitted helmet. We recommend that all riders comply with the law. Our purpose is to advocate for changes that will encourage more people to ride more often.

Protect your head

Which helmet is right for you?

Anyone riding a bike in Australia must wear a proper fitting bike helmet that meets the Australian/New Zealand safety standard AS/NZS 2063.

Mandatory bicycle helmet laws were introduced in July 1990. This applies when riding on roads, bike and shared paths, in bike lanes, recreational parks and car parks, and on footpaths (where legal).

Police may stop bike riders and issue a fine or a warning for not wearing an approved bicycle helmet.

Light up and be seen

Which bike lights are best for you?

The road rules require that all riders have a white light on the front and a red on the back, and that both are visible from 200 metres.

But when it comes to lights, we’ve all got different needs. Depending on where you ride, you may need something a little bit more powerful than your everyday flasher. 

To help you get the most bang for your buck, we’ve tested, ranked and rated the best lights out there.

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