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Go Together

New rules commence from Tuesday 1 March 2016 on our roads to help drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians Go Together safely. We all need to respect each other's space to ensure that everyone stays safe.

On average, 11 bicycle riders are killed and 1,500 seriously injured in NSW each year.

Introducing a new rule requiring drivers to leave a minimum distance when passing bicycle riders - at least one metre when travelling up to 60km/h and at least 1.5 metres when travelling faster than 60km/h, which will attract a penalty of $319 and two demerit points.

Increasing penalties to help improve safety on our roads for bicycle riders who are:

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

Making it compulsory for adult riders to carry photo ID so that they can be identified in an emergency or if they break the road rules.

Introducing a new safety advisory recommendation for bicycle riders to provide a minimum distance of one metre when passing pedestrians on a shared path, where practical.

To educate road users about these changes a new road safety campaign, Go Together, has been developed.

The road safety initiatives promoted in Go Together were developed in consultation with NSW Police, the Motor Accidents Insurance Regulator, NRMA Motoring and Services, cycling groups and the Pedestrian Council of Australia.

Under NSW law, a cyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and motorcycle riders.

By law, you must wear an approved bicycle helmet while cycling in NSW. Approved helmets are marked with an Australian Standard Approved Notification (either red or black).

A helmet, when fitted correctly, can reduce the risk of head/brain injury by up to 85 per cent. A helmet that's not worn correctly does not provide enough protection.

Children have little or no sense of danger. They're extremely vulnerable when playing and riding near roads and driveways. Extra care needs to be taken to ensure their safety and encourage road safety education.

Rockdale City Cycleways
Map On the Go
(Cycling, Walking and Public Transport in the City of Rockdale; all in one map)

Useful Links on Bicycle Safety
Bicycle NSW website

Helmet and Safety Gear - RMS website

St George Bicycle User Group (BUG)

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