4. "Cyclists can’t ride on footpaths"
Children under 13 can always ride on footpaths, while those 13 or older can ride on a footpath when accompanying and supervising a child under 13.
Adults can ride on the footpath if they have a child in a bike seat, are accompanying a child under 13, or if they are pedalling on a hitch bike.
All cyclists must wear a secure helmet and give way to pedestrians on the footpath.
5. "Cyclists are a law unto themselves and don’t follow the road rules"
Most road rules also apply to cyclists – including only using mobile phones when hands-free, obeying traffic lights and staying within speed limits. Additional rules also apply, such as the requirement to wear a helmet and being allowed to make a hook turn at any intersection. Cyclists can face penalties for offences such as riding too fast or failing to give way to pedestrians.
6. "Cars have to stay out of bike lanes"
According to VicRoads, cars may use a bike lane for up to 50 metres when necessary, such as when passing a right turning vehicle, when coming in or out of a side street, lane or parking space, or when parking. . But motorists must always give way to bicycles in the bike lane.
7. "Cyclists can’t ride in packs"
Cyclists can legally ride two abreast and up to 1.5 metres apart. A third bike rider can legally overtake the pair, and there is no law on how many cyclists can ride behind each other.
Riding in pairs can boost cyclist visibility and reduces the likelihood of them being involved in a crash.
8. "It’s fine for cyclists to take their dog for a run too"
It is illegal to lead your dog while cycling.
9. "Cyclists aren’t allowed to ride on freeways"
Mostly true. The law prohibits cyclists riding on urban freeways, but they can ride on some rural freeways on the shoulder – the area to the left of the road which can be sealed or unsealed. These rural freeways include the Western, Calder and Hume Freeways, and parts of the Princes Freeway.