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Bicycle riding rules and fines

You must follow the same road rules as motorists if you want  to cycle on Queensland roads. If you break the road rules on your bicycle you  may get a fine but no demerit points are given.

Bicycle riding rules

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Riding a bicycle while not astride the rider's seat facing forwardsQueensland Road Rules—Section 245$130
Failing to keep at least one hand on the handlebarsQueensland Road Rules—Section 245$130
Riding a bicycle using other than the seat positionQueensland Road Rules—Section 245$130
Carrying more persons than the bicycle is designed forQueensland Road Rules—Section 246(1)$130
Bicycle passenger not sitting in the seat designed for the passengerQueensland Road Rules—Section 246(2)$130
Riding a bicycle with passenger not in a seat designed for a passengerQueensland Road Rules—Section 246(3)$130
Failing to stop before riding across a children's or pedestrian crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 248(2)$130
Riding across a crossing other than as permittedQueensland Road Rules—Section 248(2)$130
Riding on the pedestrian side of a separated footpathQueensland Road Rules—Section 249$130
Riding a bicycle not on the left of a footpath or shared pathQueensland Road Rules—Section 250(1)(a)$130
Failing to give way to a pedestrian on a footpath or shared pathQueensland Road Rules—Section 250(1)(b)$130
Failing to keep left of an oncoming bicycle on a pathQueensland Road Rules—Section 251$130
Disobeying a no bicycles sign or marking on a road or footpathQueensland Road Rules—Section 252(1)$130
Moving into the path of a vehicle or pedestrian and causing a traffic hazardQueensland Road Rules—Section 253$130
Riding a bicycle being towed by another vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 254(1)$130
Holding on to a moving vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 254(2)$130
Riding a bicycle within 2m of the rear of a moving motor vehicle for more than 200mQueensland Road Rules—Section 255$130
Bicycle rider fail to wear helmetQueensland Road Rules—Section 256(1)$130
Bicycle passenger fail to wear bicycle helmet unless exemptQueensland Road Rules—Section 256(2)$130
Ride bicycle with passenger on a bicycle not wearing an approved helmetQueensland Road Rules—Section 256(3)$130
Towing a person in a bicycle trailer other than as permitted (rider must be 16 years or older and passenger under 10 years)Queensland Road Rules—Section 257(1)$130
Riding a bicycle without brakes and a bell, horn or similar warning deviceQueensland Road Rules—Section 258$130
Failing to display a light at night or in hazardous weather conditionsQueensland Road Rules—Section 259$130
Leading an animal while riding a bicycleQueensland Road Rules—Section 301(3)$130

General road rules

Keeping left, overtaking and other driving/riding rules

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Unreasonably obstructing the path of a driver, rider or pedestrianQueensland Road Rules—Section 125(1)$130
Following another vehicle too closelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 126$304
Failing to keep to the far left side of road (not a multi-lane road)Queensland Road Rules—Section 129(1)$104
Failing to keep to the left lane on a multi-lane road if the speed limit is over 80km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 130(2)$78
Disobeying a 'Keep Left Unless Overtaking' sign on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 130(2)$78
Failing to keep left of oncoming vehiclesQueensland Road Rules—Section 131$52
Failing to keep left of the centre of a roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(1)$104
Failing to keep left of centre dividing line/sQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(2)$234
Failing to keep left of double continuous dividing linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(3)$234
Failing to keep left of a median stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 135(1)$104
Driving/riding the wrong way on a one-way service roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 136$104
Crossing continuous line/s beside a painted islandQueensland Road Rules—Section 138(1)$234
Overtaking when not safe to do soQueensland Road Rules—Section 140$182
Overtaking or riding past a vehicle turning and signalling left to the left of that vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 141(2)$130
Overtaking a vehicle turning and signalling right to the right of that vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 142(1)$182
Overtaking a vehicle with a 'Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle' sign that is turning and signalling left to the left of that vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 143(1)$182
Overtaking a vehicle with a 'Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle' sign that is turning and signalling right to the right of that vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 143(2)$182
Failing to maintain a safe distance while overtaking a vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 144$182
Increasing speed while being overtakenQueensland Road Rules—Section 145$78
Failing to drive/ride in a marked lane on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 146(1)$104
Failing to drive/ride within a line of traffic on a road with two or more lines of trafficQueensland Road Rules—Section 146(2)$104
Crossing a continuous line dividing lanes on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 147(1)$104
Failing to give way when changing lanes on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 148(1)$391
Failing to give way when changing from one line of traffic to anotherQueensland Road Rules—Section 148(2)$391
Failing to give way while diverging within a marked laneQueensland Road Rules—Section 148(A)$391
Failing to give way when lines of traffic are merging into a single lineQueensland Road Rules—Section 149$391
Disobeying an overhead lane control deviceQueensland Road Rules—Section 152(1)$234
Driving/riding on a safety zone, or past a safety zone at an unsafe speedQueensland Road Rules—Section 162(1)$156
Using a horn or other similar warning device other than as permittedQueensland Road Rules—Section 224$78
Failing to give way to all other nature strip users when driving/riding on a nature stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 289(2)$304
Driving/riding on a traffic island (except in a roundabout)Queensland Road Rules—Section 290$78
Driver/rider involved in a crash failing to fulfil dutiesQueensland Road Rules—Section 287(2)$261
Driver/rider involved in a crash failing to give particulars to police if requiredQueensland Road Rules—Section 287(3)$391
Driver/rider drinking liquor while driving/ridingQueensland Road Rules—Section 300A$391

Level crossings

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 121$391
Failing to give way at a 'Stop' sign at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 121$391
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 122$391
Entering a level crossing while warning lights or bells are operatingQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$391
Entering a level crossing while a barrier is closed, closing or openingQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$391
Entering a level crossing while a train is on or entering the crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$391
Entering a level crossing while a train is approaching and a collision is likelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$391
Entering a level crossing while the crossing or road beyond is blockedQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$391
Failing to leave a level crossing as soon as practicableQueensland Road Rules—Section 124$391
Driver/rider causing damage to rail infrastructure at a railway crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 300D(1)$1,044
Driver/rider causing an obstruction at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 300D(2)$1,044

Mobile phones

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Drive use hand held mobile phone - bicycleQueensland Road Rules—Section 300(1)$391

Roundabouts

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Entering a roundabout from other than the left lane or left side of the road when leaving less than halfway aroundQueensland Road Rules—Section 111(1)$78
Disobeying a traffic lane arrow on a multi-lane roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 111(1)$78
Failing to signal right when approaching a roundabout and intending to leave more than halfway aroundQueensland Road Rules—Section 113(2)$78
Failing to give way to a vehicle when entering a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 114(1)(a)$391
Failing to give way to a tram when driving/riding in a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 114(2)$391
Failing to drive/ride to the left of a central traffic island on a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 115(1)$78
Disobeying a traffic lane arrow when on or leaving a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 116$104
Failing to signal right before changing lanes in a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 117(2)$78

Speeding

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Exceeding the speed limit by less than 13km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20$174
Exceeding the speed limit by at least 13 km/h but not more than 20km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 20$261
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h but not more than 30km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 20$435
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h but not more than 40km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 20$609
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20$1,218

Stopping and giving way

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign or line at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 67(2)$391
Failing to give way to a vehicle at an intersection with a 'Stop' sign or lineQueensland Road Rules—Section 67(3)$391
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with a 'Stop' sign or lineQueensland Road Rules—Section 67(4)$391
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign or line at places other than intersections, crossings or twin red lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 68(2)$391
Failing to give way to a vehicle or a pedestrian at a 'Stop' sign or line at places other than intersections, crossings or twin red lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 68(3)$391
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line at an intersection (not a roundabout)Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(2)$391
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line when turning left using a slip lane at an intersection (not a roundabout)Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(2A)$391
Failing to give way to a pedestrian at a 'Give Way' sign or line when turning at an intersection (not a roundabout)Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(3)$391
Failing to give way if two or more drivers/riders face a mixture of various signs/lines at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 69(A)$391
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign on a length of narrow road, or at a bridgeQueensland Road Rules—Section 70$391
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign at other placesQueensland Road Rules—Section 71(1)$391
Failing to give way at an intersection (not a T-intersection or roundabout) without traffic lights or stop/give way signs or linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 72(1)$391
Failing to give way at a T-intersection without traffic lights or stop/give way signs or linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 73(1)$391
Failing to give way when entering a road from a road-related area or adjacent landQueensland Road Rules—Section 74(1)$391
Failing to give way when entering a road-related area or adjacent land Queensland Road Rules—Section 75(1)$391
Failing to give way to a bus displaying a priority sign and indicating rightQueensland Road Rules—Section 77(1)$234
Failing to give way to an oversize vehicle under escortQueensland Road Rules—Section 79A(1)$234
Failing to stop at a children's crossing when a hand-held 'Stop' sign is displayed, or when a pedestrian/bicycle rider is on or entering the crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 80(2)$391
Proceeding after stopping contrary to a hand-held 'Stop' sign at a children's crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 80(3)$391
Proceeding after stopping while a pedestrian/bicycle rider is on or entering a children's crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 80(4)$391
Failing to give way to a pedestrian/bicycle rider on a pedestrian crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 81(2)$391
Passing a vehicle that is stopping at a children's or pedestrian crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 82$234
Failing to give way to a pedestrian in a shared zoneQueensland Road Rules—Section 83$391
Failing to give way to a vehicle when driving through a break in a dividing stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 84(1)(b)$391
Failing to give way when entering a turning lane from a painted islandQueensland Road Rules—Section 85$391
Failing to give way when entering a median turning bay to an oncoming vehicle already in the bayQueensland Road Rules—Section 86(1)$391
Failing to give way when entering traffic from the side of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 87(1)$391
Failing to give way when entering traffic from a median strip parking areaQueensland Road Rules—Section 87(3)$391

Traffic lights and turn signals

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Failing to signal an intention to change direction rightQueensland Road Rules—Section 48(1)$78
Failing to stop at a red traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 56(1)$391
Failing to stop at a red traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 56(2)$391
Failing to stop at a yellow traffic light if the driver/rider could stop safelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 57(1)$391
Failing to stop at a yellow traffic arrow if the driver/rider could stop safelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 57(2)$391
Failing to leave an intersection entered on a yellow traffic light/arrow as soon as it is safe to do soQueensland Road Rules—Section 57(3)$391
Proceeding through a red traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 59(1)$391
Proceeding through a red traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 60$391
Proceeding contrary to a red or yellow traffic light or arrow after stopping before an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 61(2)$391
Failing to leave an intersection as soon as it is safe to do so when a traffic light or arrow changes to red or yellowQueensland Road Rules—Section 61(5)$391
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with traffic lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$391
Failing to give way at a 'left turn on red after stopping' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$391
Failing to give way to an oncoming vehicle when turning right at an intersection with traffic lights without a green right turn traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$391
Failing to give way to a bicycle rider on a crossing when turning at an intersection with traffic lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$391
Disobeying a 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign at an intersection with traffic lights not operatingQueensland Road Rules—Section 63(2)$391
Failing to give way at a 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign at an intersection with traffic lights not operatingQueensland Road Rules—Section 63(2)$391
Failing to give way as required at an intersection with traffic lights not operating and no 'Traffic Light-Stop' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 63(3)$391
Failing to give way as required when turning at an intersection with a flashing yellow traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 64$391
Failing to give way to a pedestrian on a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 65(2)$391
Obstructing a pedestrian on a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 65(2)$391
Passing a vehicle that is stopping to give way at a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 65(2)$391
Failing to stop at twin red lights (except at level crossings)Queensland Road Rules—Section 66(1)$391
Proceeding contrary to twin red lights after stoppingQueensland Road Rules—Section 66(4)$391
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine failing to stop at a red B lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 281$391
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine failing to stop at a yellow B lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 282$391
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine stopped for red or yellow B light proceeding before a white B light, or green traffic light is displayedQueensland Road Rules—Section 284$391
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine stopped before an intersection proceeding before a white B light, green traffic light or white traffic arrow is displayedQueensland Road Rules—Section 286(2)$391
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine failing to clear an intersection after B lights or traffic arrows change to yellow, red or turn offQueensland Road Rules—Section 286(3)$391

Traffic signs and road markings

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Disobeying a left turn only sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 88(1)$104
Disobeying a 'Left Lane Must Turn Left' sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 88(2)$104
Disobeying a right turn only sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 89(1)$104
Disobeying a 'Right Lane Must Turn Right' sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 89(2)$104
Disobeying a no turns sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 90$104
Disobeying a no left turn sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 91(1)$104
Disobeying a no right turn signQueensland Road Rules—Section 91(2)$104
Disobeying a directional arrow on the road at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 92(1)$104
Disobeying a 'No Overtaking or Passing' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 93(1)$182
Disobeying a 'No Overtaking on Bridge' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 94$182
Disobeying 'Keep Clear' markings on the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 96(1)$156
Disobeying a road access signQueensland Road Rules—Section 97(1)$156
Disobeying a 'One Way' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 98(1)$182
Disobeying a 'Keep Left' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 99(1)$182
Disobeying a 'Keep Right' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 99(2)$182
Disobeying a 'No Entry' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 100$182
Failing to stop at a hand-held 'Stop' sign (not at a children's crossing)Queensland Road Rules—Section 101(1)$391
Proceeding contrary to a hand-held 'Stop' sign (not at a children's crossing)Queensland Road Rules—Section 101(2)$391
Driving/riding on a safety ramp or arrester bed unless necessary for safetyQueensland Road Rules—Section 101A(1)$182

Turning

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Turning left at an intersection from a position not near the far left side of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 27(1)$78
Turning left at an intersection on a multi-lane road from other than the left laneQueensland Road Rules—Section 28(1)$78
Failing to turn left from a slip lane when the slip lane is not obstructedQueensland Road Rules—Section 28(1A)$78
bicycle rider failing to turn left from the left side of a bicycle storage areaQueensland Road Rules—Section 28(2A)$130
Disobeying a turn line when making a left turn at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 29(1)$104
Turning right at an intersection from a road with a dividing line or median strip from a position not near the line or stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 31(1)$78
Turning right at an intersection from a position not near the centre of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 31(1)$78
Turning right at an intersection on a one-way road from a position not near the far right side of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 31(1)$78
Turning right at an intersection on a multi-lane road from other than the right laneQueensland Road Rules—Section 32(1)$78
Bicycle rider failing to turn right from the right side of a bicycle storage areaQueensland Road Rules—Section 32(2A)$130
Turning right other than from near the centre of an intersection or as indicated by turn linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 33(1)$104
Bicycle rider making a hook turn other than from the far left side of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 35(2)$130
Beginning a U-turn unsafely without a clear view of approaching traffic Queensland Road Rules—Section 37$104
Failing to give way when making a U-turnQueensland Road Rules—Section 38$391
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign at a break in a dividing stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 39(1)$104
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign on a no U-turn length of roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 39(2)$104
Making a U-turn at an intersection with traffic lights but without a 'U Turn Permitted' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 40$104
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign at an intersection without traffic lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 41$104
Making a U-turn at an intersection from a position not near the left of a dividing line or median strip, or the centre of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 42$104
Conducting a U-turn over single or double continuous line/sQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(2A)$234

Sharing the road

Emergency vehicles

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Moving into the path of a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarmQueensland Road Rules—Section 78(1)$304
Failing to move out of the path of a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarmQueensland Road Rules—Section 78(2)$304
Failing to give way to a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarmQueensland Road Rules—Section 79(1)$304

Trams

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Moving into the path of an approaching tramQueensland Road Rules—Section 76(1)$130
Failing to move out of the path of an approaching tramQueensland Road Rules—Section 76(2)$130
Driving/riding in a tramwayQueensland Road Rules—Section 155A$391
Proceeding if a tram stops and doors are open or passengers are crossing to left side of roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 164AA(2)$182
Driving/riding past a stopped tram at a speed over 10km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 164AA(3)$182