Road Safety For Cyclists

Legal Requirements for Cyclists

  • Cyclists in Western Australia are not required to hold a licence, however it is strongly recommended that children under 9 years of age do not ride on a road unless supervised by an adult.
  • Cyclists must wear an approved bicycle helmet when cycling in Western Australia. The helmet must be correctly fitted and securely fastened. This applies to cycling on roads, shared paths or in any other area that is accessible to the public.
  • Only children under 12 years of age are permitted to ride on a designated footpath.
  • When cycling at night, you must use lights.
  • It is illegal to cycle in pedestrian malls such as Hay Street Mall and Murray Street Mall.
  • You must ride with al least one hand on the handle bars.


Cycling on a Road

  • When cycling on a road you must abide by the same rules as other vehicles. This includes, but is not limited to, stopping at red lights and stop signs.
  • You cannot ride in a manner that is careless or reckless. Please ride at a speed that is safe for both you and other road or path users. Fines of up to $800 apply if you are caught cycling in a reckless manner.
  • It is acceptable to cycle after having a couple of alcoholic drinks, however if you are visually incapable of riding due to alcohol or drug consumption, you can be stopped and charged.
  • You must not ride on a freeway or other roads that have restrictions that prohibit riding.
  • You must not hold onto another moving vehicle or be towed by it.
  • You must use hand signals to indicate your intentions:

– Turning Left: Extend left arm and hand out straight

– Turning Right: Extend right arm and hand out straight

– Stopping: Extend right arm horizontally, bending upwards at the elbow (90 degree angle). Your hand should be open with your palm facing forward.


Shared paths

Shared paths are those that are marked with symbols of both a bicycle and a pedestrian. These are usually signposted and many shared paths also have the symbols painted on the path itself.


  • You must keep left unless overtaking.
  • You must ride in single file unless overtaking
  • You must ride in single file unless overtaking
  • You must give way to pedestrians at all times. Pedestrians include persons walking, running or using inline or roller skates.
  • Where a path intersects with a road always signal your intentions and remember that you must give way to other vehicles using that road


Courtesy when Using Shared Paths

  • Slow right down when approaching pedestrians or other cyclist from behind.
  • Try to overtake with plenty of room to spare.
  • Use your bell to alert pedestrians of your approach. Start ringing the bell from about 30m behind them.
  • Be aware that some other path users may not hear your bell, so watch their body language and be prepared to stop if need be. Young children and animals can be extremely unpredictable.


Reporting a Crash

If the unthinkable does happen and you collide with another vehicle or hit a pedestrian, animal or any other object you may be required to report the accident to police.


If there is injury to any person or animal or damage to any property that is expected to exceed $1000 you must report the matter by attending the local police station.


You must also notify Gecko Bike Hire immediately. Notifying us will assist with complying with our insurance obligations, but we can also assist you with reporting the matter to police, collecting damaged bicycles and helping you get back to your place of accommodation.