The Australian Road Rules dictionary defines wheeled vehicles, both powered and unpowered. People riding wheeled recreation vehicles (skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and scooters) are considered pedestrians. Cyclists are subject to the road rules and are liable to penalties for failure to obey traffic lights and stop and give way signs. Minimum equipment for bicycles are a brake, warning device or bell and lights for night riding. Helmets are compulsory. Scooter riders must wear helmets if travelling on the road. Cyclists must not ride more than two abreast on the road. Scooter riders must wear helmets if travelling on the road. Skateboarding is forbidden in some areas of the City of Melbourne but encouraged in others. Car occupants commit an offence if they open a door and a cyclist rides into it, known as dooring. Bicycle storage boxes at intersections are explained, along with the new rules relating to them.

Contributors

Glenn Osboldstone

Principal Legislation Officer, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Dru Marsh

Manager of Internal Review, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Road law for cyclists and skaters: Contacts

A Metre Matters Campaign
Web: www.amygillett.org.au/a-metre-matters

Amy Gillett Foundation
Tel: 9881 1550
Email: info@amygillett.org.au
Web: www.amygillett.org.au

The Amy Gillett Foundation is a national organisation dedicated to cyclist safety.

Bicycle Network Victoria
Tel: 8376 8888; 1800 639 634
Web: www.bicyclenetwork.com.au

An independent organisation that encourages Australians to make riding a bicycle part of everyday life.

Cycling Victoria
Tel: 8480 3000
Email: vic.info@cycling.org.au
Web: https://cycling.org.au/vic

Cycling Victoria is the peak body in Victoria for cycling.

Fines Victoria
Tel (infringement enquiries): 9200 8111 (metro); 1300 369 819 (regional)
Web: https://online.fines.vic.gov.au

Fines Victoria is the government entity that manages the administration and enforcement of infringement and court fines across the state. Fines Victoria can provide information about your rights and responsibilities in regards to traffic, parking, public transport and local council fines.

Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Tel: 1300 654 329; 1800 332 556
Email: info@tac.vic.gov.au
Web: www.tac.vic.gov.au

The TAC pays for treatment and pays benefits to eligible people who have been injured in a transport accident, including some bicycle crashes.

VicRoads
Tel: 13 11 71
Web: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

VicRoads manages Victoria’s roads and provides information about road rules and safety for cyclists.

Victoria Police
Tel: 13 14 44
Web: www.police.vic.gov.au

Online reporting: www.police.vic.gov.au/palolr

Victorian Government Department of Transport
Tel: 9655 6666
Web: https://transport.vic.gov.au

VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria have been brought within the Department of Transport to create an integrated transport department.

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