From March 1 2016 there are new laws in force regarding cyclists.
It’s great news for Northern Illawarra motorists who are often caught behind riders as they wind their way along Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
From March 1, drivers must leave at least a meter as they pass the cyclist if travelling in a 60km/zone (or a 50km/hr zone!). If the speed limit was higher, it would be a metre and a half.
The best news is, from tomorrow, if it’s safe, drivers can cross the centre dividing lines (even if they’re double yellow) to overtake a person on a bike. Drivers can also drive on painted islands and dividing strips if it’s safe, in order to overtake. If it’s not safe, then obviously you have to tuck in behind and wait.
That means it is possible to overtake a cyclist who is making their way up Bald Hill!
If you are caught driving too close to a cyclist, there’s a $319 fine and a loss of two demerit points!
There are increased fines for cyclists too. Riding through a red light incurs a penalty of $425. There are similar fines for not stopping at a pedestrian crossing or riding dangerously. Riding without a helmet means a $319 fine and if you don’t have a bell, it will cost you $106.
Eventually, cyclists will have to carry ID whenever they ride, however that won’t come into effect until next year.