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'Stay wider of the rider' here to stay

Introduced as a trial in 2014, the minimum passing distance rule for motorists to keep a safe distance from bicycle riders is here to stay.

It's simple—motorists must stay wider of the rider by at least:

  • 1 metre in a 60km/h or less speed zone
  • 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.

Motorists can cross centre lines (including double unbroken centre lines), straddle lane-lines or drive on painted islands to pass bicycle riders, provided it is safe to do so.

Watch to learn more.

Safety is everyone's responsibility so whether you travel on 2 wheels, 4 wheels or more, we all need to get along and share the road safely.

Find out more about staying wider of the rider and join the conversation to make our roads safer at Join the Drive’s Facebook page.

Last updated
19 July, 2017
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