Bicycle riders are allowed to ride on roads and need to follow the same road rules as drivers, but there’s some additional rules that apply. We’ve summarised the key ones for you to help you on your way.
Cycling safety and visibility
When riding a bike, you must wear an approved helmet, securely fitted and fastened.
Your bike must have at least one effective brake and working bell (or similar warning device).
Lights and reflectors are required at night or in conditions of reduced visibility. Lights must be visible from at least 200m away. This includes:
A flashing or steady white light at the front
A flashing or steady red light at the back
A red reflector clearly visible at the back of the bike from 50 metres
You can’t carry more people on your bike than what the bike is designed to carry, and all passengers must sit on their seat.
Face forward on your seat when riding and ensure at least one hand is always kept on the handlebars.
You can only use a mobile phone while riding to make or receive audio calls, listening to music or as a GPS as long as the phone can be used wirelessly or is secured in a commercially designed holder. More information on using technology on the road can be found in our mobile phones section.
Bicycle riders involved in a crash are required to give their details, and those of the owner of the bicycle, to any person who had been injured or the owner of any property that has been damaged.
Only riders over the age of 16 can have a bike trailer and the passenger in the trailer must be under the age of 10 (religious and medical exemptions may apply). Both rider and trailer passenger must wear a helmet on their journey. Bike trailers and cargo bikes must not be used on footpaths.
See rule 257 of the Victorian Road Safety Rules 2017.
The summaries RACV provide on Victorian road rules are based on the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017. We make sure to reference the exact rule where possible. When reading, keep in mind that we’re providing general information, not legal advice. If you’re looking for specific questions on any legal matter, consult with a lawyer for help.