RACV advocates for improved transport services for all our members, including those who ride a bicycle. Market research shows that nearly half of RACV's members ride, with one in five doing so at least once a week.
RACV supports the provision of appropriate safe facilities for all on-road modes of travel. In regard to bicycles, both off-road and on-road paths or lanes may be appropriate. If extra space is required on roads to provide dedicated bicycle facilities, on-street parking should be removed.
Shopping precincts, education facilities, public transport interchanges, and community facilities should provide bicycle parking. In particular, long-term bicycle parking spaces should be in secure facilities, including those at railway stations and in workplaces. In growth areas, new communities should have riding networks integrated into the community and connecting to adjoining neighbourhoods, and roads with a speed limit of 60km/h and above should have separated facilities.
RACV supports the construction of high-quality, separated facilities as part of the construction of new major road projects. Such facilities should be connected to existing bicycle infrastructure to provide a useful network for riders that improves local and regional accessibility. Where off-road paths cross roads, safe crossing facilities must be provided.
Highways with sealed shoulders should have bicycle facilities line-marked on the sealed shoulders, with an appropriate buffer to adjacent high-speed motor vehicle traffic, and be regularly swept so as to be clear of debris. Local and state government authorities must maintain safe surfaces on off-road paths, too, as well as safe overhead clearance to overhanging branches.
Regular information and education campaigns should be run to ensure all road users are aware of the road rules and their responsibilities, to ensure everyone is safe. This includes the rules about sufficient passing distance. As a guideline, RACV encourages drivers to provide at least one metre clearance to riders. RACV does not support motorcycles being able to share on-road bicycle lanes or bicycle boxes, other than what is allowed within the existing road rules.
RACV advocates for enhanced safety for bicycle riders by representing its members and working with organisations such as Bicycle Network Victoria and the Amy Gillett Foundation on specific projects to ensure the needs of bicycle riders are met.
Advice and information for riders
RACV cycling programs and initiatives
- Energy Breakthrough – RACV's school program providing opportunities for children to design and construct a pedal-powered vehicle.
- Melbourne Bike Share – RACV operates the expanding Melbourne Bike Share program, the perfect way to make short trips in the city.
- RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride – a long-running, fully catered riding/camping holiday.
- RACV Bike Assist is cover designed to assist bicycle riders in the event their bike or e-bike cannot be ridden due to an accident, mechanical problem or puncture.
- Street Scene is RACV's primary school road safety program that covers bicycle safety as well as pedestrian and passenger safety.