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Safety and parking

Claim your space and don’t hug the gutter

Be clear about the portion of road that you intend to use whether it is a metre from the kerb or an entire lane. In narrow spaces, sometimes the best way to reduce risk is to claim an entire lane to stop vehicles from squeezing past. Riding away from the gutter will also make you more visible to other road users and you will also avoid any debris that may be swept to the side of the road.

Make your intentions clear

Use hand signals so other road users know that you are moving or turning. Try to use eye contact with other road users – this will help to ensure that they have seen you and to check that they will give way to you when you are signalling to merge in front of them.

Roundabouts

When using a single lane roundabout, as you approach the roundabout move into the middle of the traffic lane. Give way to vehicles already on the roundabout. As you enter the roundabout, look around, make eye contact with drivers.

At those locations where a bicycle lane ends prior to a single lane roundabout, as you approach the roundabout, when it is safe to do so, move out from the bicycle lane into the middle of the traffic lane. Give way to vehicles already on the roundabout. As you enter the roundabout, look around, make eye contact with drivers.

Use hook turns

If you feel that a right hand turn is going to leave you exposed at an intersection use a hook turn.

Wear a helmet

Always wear an approved Australian Standards helmet and ensure that it is correctly fitted. Wearing a helmet prevents head injuries. Ensure that the helmet sits firmly and comfortably on your head so that it doesn’t move around.

Light Up

When riding in low light road rules state that you must use a white front light and a rear red light. The front and rear lights must be visible from 200m and the bicycle must also have a red rear reflector. The best lights for bikes are flashing LED units that show others you are there.  Wearing bright or reflective clothing may also help you stand out to other road users.

Bike maintenance

Check that your tyres are fully inflated as this will make for a more comfortable ride and make your tyre more resistant to punctures. The correct tyre pressure will be written on the side wall of the tyre. Check that your brakes are working properly. If your brakes need some adjustment and you are unsure how to do this then take your bike to your local bike shop to have them checked out.

Car doors

Ride outside of the car door zone

If all cars parked with their doors open, where would you position yourself on the road to be safe? You should aim to be far enough out so that your handlebar would not clip an open car door all of the time. Riding a metre out from parked cars means that you avoid getting hit by a car doors. Stay clear of the door zone and do not weave in and out of empty car parking spaces.

To avoid doors:

  • Look through car windows for people as they may be about to get out of their vehicle.
  • Check in the mirrors of trucks or vans.
  • Look out for vehicles that have just parked.
  • Look at the vehicle tail lights for an indication of people in a vehicle.

Bicycle parking

On-street bicycle parking facilities

On-street bicycle parking can be found at a range of locations in Bayside, including strip shopping centres, libraries and train stations. On-street bicycle parking is provided in the form of a stainless steel bicycle hoop.

When securing your bike to a bicycle hoop remember to:

  • use a good quality lock
  • lock both the frame and least one wheel to the bicycle hoop
  • remove any items that can easily be stolen
  • park in a well-lit location with full public view
  • ensure that you bike does not block access.

On-street bicycle parking requests

To identify an area in Bayside that would benefit from bicycle parking, please fill out our contact us form.

Parkiteer bike cages at train stations

Parkiteer bike cages provide a convenient, undercover and secure place to park bikes at train stations. Within Bayside there are Parkiteer cages located at both Brighton Beach and Sandringham stations.

Registration for the use of a bike cage is required and a $50 bond has to be paid for the security swipe card that is used to access the cage. Once registered, the bike cage can be used for free. Further information on Parkiteer bike cages can be obtained from the Bicycle Network website.