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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$133
Failing to keep at least one hand on the handlebarsQueensland Road Rules—Section 245$133
Riding a bicycle using other than the seat positionQueensland Road Rules—Section 245$133
Carrying more persons than the bicycle is designed forQueensland Road Rules—Section 246(1)$133
Bicycle passenger not sitting in the seat designed for the passengerQueensland Road Rules—Section 246(2)$133
Riding a bicycle with passenger not in a seat designed for a passengerQueensland Road Rules—Section 246(3)$133
Failing to stop before riding across a children's or pedestrian crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 248(2)$133
Riding across a crossing other than as permittedQueensland Road Rules—Section 248(2)$133
Riding on the pedestrian side of a separated footpathQueensland Road Rules—Section 249$133
Riding a bicycle not on the left of a footpath or shared pathQueensland Road Rules—Section 250(1)(a)$133
Failing to give way to a pedestrian on a footpath or shared pathQueensland Road Rules—Section 250(1)(b)$133
Failing to keep left of an oncoming bicycle on a pathQueensland Road Rules—Section 251$133
Disobeying a no bicycles sign or marking on a road or footpathQueensland Road Rules—Section 252(1)$133
Moving into the path of a vehicle or pedestrian and causing a traffic hazardQueensland Road Rules—Section 253$133
Riding a bicycle being towed by another vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 254(1)$133
Holding on to a moving vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 254(2)$133
Riding a bicycle within 2m of the rear of a moving motor vehicle for more than 200mQueensland Road Rules—Section 255$133
Bicycle rider fail to wear helmetQueensland Road Rules—Section 256(1)$133
Bicycle passenger fail to wear bicycle helmet unless exemptQueensland Road Rules—Section 256(2)$133
Ride bicycle with passenger on a bicycle not wearing an approved helmetQueensland Road Rules—Section 256(3)$133
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)$133
Riding a bicycle without brakes and a bell, horn or similar warning deviceQueensland Road Rules—Section 258$133
Failing to display a light at night or in hazardous weather conditionsQueensland Road Rules—Section 259$133
Leading an animal while riding a bicycleQueensland Road Rules—Section 301(3)$133

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)$133
Following another vehicle too closelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 126$311
Failing to keep to the far left side of road (not a multi-lane road)Queensland Road Rules—Section 129(1)$106
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)$80
Disobeying a 'Keep Left Unless Overtaking' sign on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 130(2)$80
Failing to keep left of oncoming vehiclesQueensland Road Rules—Section 131$53
Failing to keep left of the centre of a roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(1)$106
Failing to keep left of centre dividing line/sQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(2)$240
Failing to keep left of double continuous dividing linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(3)$240
Failing to keep left of a median stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 135(1)$106
Driving/riding the wrong way on a one-way service roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 136$106
Crossing continuous line/s beside a painted islandQueensland Road Rules—Section 138(1)$240
Overtaking when not safe to do soQueensland Road Rules—Section 140$186
Overtaking or riding past a vehicle turning and signalling left to the left of that vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 141(2)$133
Overtaking a vehicle turning and signalling right to the right of that vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 142(1)$186
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)$186
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)$186
Failing to maintain a safe distance while overtaking a vehicleQueensland Road Rules—Section 144$186
Increasing speed while being overtakenQueensland Road Rules—Section 145$80
Failing to drive/ride in a marked lane on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 146(1)$106
Failing to drive/ride within a line of traffic on a road with two or more lines of trafficQueensland Road Rules—Section 146(2)$106
Crossing a continuous line dividing lanes on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 147(1)$106
Failing to give way when changing lanes on a multi-lane roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 148(1)$400
Failing to give way when changing from one line of traffic to anotherQueensland Road Rules—Section 148(2)$400
Failing to give way while diverging within a marked laneQueensland Road Rules—Section 148(A)$400
Failing to give way when lines of traffic are merging into a single lineQueensland Road Rules—Section 149$400
Disobeying an overhead lane control deviceQueensland Road Rules—Section 152(1)$240
Driving/riding on a safety zone, or past a safety zone at an unsafe speedQueensland Road Rules—Section 162(1)$160
Using a horn or other similar warning device other than as permittedQueensland Road Rules—Section 224$80
Failing to give way to all other nature strip users when driving/riding on a nature stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 289(2)$311
Driving/riding on a traffic island (except in a roundabout)Queensland Road Rules—Section 290$80
Driver/rider involved in a crash failing to fulfil dutiesTransport Operations (Road Use Management) Act - Section 93(2)$266
Driver/rider involved in a crash failing to give particulars to police if requiredTransport Operations (Road Use Management) Act - Section 93(4)$400
Driver/rider drinking liquor while driving/ridingQueensland Road Rules—Section 300A$400

Level crossings

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 121$400
Failing to give way at a 'Stop' sign at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 121$400
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 122$400
Entering a level crossing while warning lights or bells are operatingQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$400
Entering a level crossing while a barrier is closed, closing or openingQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$400
Entering a level crossing while a train is on or entering the crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$400
Entering a level crossing while a train is approaching and a collision is likelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$400
Entering a level crossing while the crossing or road beyond is blockedQueensland Road Rules—Section 123$400
Failing to leave a level crossing as soon as practicableQueensland Road Rules—Section 124$400
Driver/rider causing damage to rail infrastructure at a railway crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 300D(1)$1,067
Driver/rider causing an obstruction at a level crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 300D(2)$1,067

Mobile phones

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Drive use hand held mobile phone - bicycleQueensland Road Rules—Section 300(1)$400

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)$80
Disobeying a traffic lane arrow on a multi-lane roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 111(1)$80
Failing to signal right when approaching a roundabout and intending to leave more than halfway aroundQueensland Road Rules—Section 113(2)$80
Failing to give way to a vehicle when entering a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 114(1)(a)$400
Failing to give way to a tram when driving/riding in a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 114(2)$400
Failing to drive/ride to the left of a central traffic island on a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 115(1)$80
Disobeying a traffic lane arrow when on or leaving a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 116$106
Failing to signal right before changing lanes in a roundaboutQueensland Road Rules—Section 117(2)$80

Speeding

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Exceeding the speed limit by less than 13km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20$177
Exceeding the speed limit by at least 13 km/h but not more than 20km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 20$266
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h but not more than 30km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 20$444
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h but not more than 40km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 20$622
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20$1,245

Stopping and giving way

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign or line at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 67(2)$400
Failing to give way to a vehicle at an intersection with a 'Stop' sign or lineQueensland Road Rules—Section 67(3)$400
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with a 'Stop' sign or lineQueensland Road Rules—Section 67(4)$400
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign or line at places other than intersections, crossings or twin red lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 68(2)$400
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)$400
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line at an intersection (not a roundabout)Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(2)$400
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)$400
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)$400
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)$400
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign on a length of narrow road, or at a bridgeQueensland Road Rules—Section 70$400
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign at other placesQueensland Road Rules—Section 71(1)$400
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)$400
Failing to give way at a T-intersection without traffic lights or stop/give way signs or linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 73(1)$400
Failing to give way when entering a road from a road-related area or adjacent landQueensland Road Rules—Section 74(1)$400
Failing to give way when entering a road-related area or adjacent land Queensland Road Rules—Section 75(1)$400
Failing to give way to a bus displaying a priority sign and indicating rightQueensland Road Rules—Section 77(1)$240
Failing to give way to an oversize vehicle under escortQueensland Road Rules—Section 79A(1)$240
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)$400
Proceeding after stopping contrary to a hand-held 'Stop' sign at a children's crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 80(3)$400
Proceeding after stopping while a pedestrian/bicycle rider is on or entering a children's crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 80(4)$400
Failing to give way to a pedestrian/bicycle rider on a pedestrian crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 81(2)$400
Passing a vehicle that is stopping at a children's or pedestrian crossingQueensland Road Rules—Section 82$240
Failing to give way to a pedestrian in a shared zoneQueensland Road Rules—Section 83$400
Failing to give way to a vehicle when driving through a break in a dividing stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 84(1)(b)$400
Failing to give way when entering a turning lane from a painted islandQueensland Road Rules—Section 85$400
Failing to give way when entering a median turning bay to an oncoming vehicle already in the bayQueensland Road Rules—Section 86(1)$400
Failing to give way when entering traffic from the side of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 87(1)$400
Failing to give way when entering traffic from a median strip parking areaQueensland Road Rules—Section 87(3)$400

Traffic lights and turn signals

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Failing to signal an intention to change direction rightQueensland Road Rules—Section 48(1)$80
Failing to stop at a red traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 56(1)$400
Failing to stop at a red traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 56(2)$400
Failing to stop at a yellow traffic light if the driver/rider could stop safelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 57(1)$400
Failing to stop at a yellow traffic arrow if the driver/rider could stop safelyQueensland Road Rules—Section 57(2)$400
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)$400
Proceeding through a red traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 59(1)$400
Proceeding through a red traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 60$400
Proceeding contrary to a red or yellow traffic light or arrow after stopping before an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 61(2)$400
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)$400
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with traffic lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$400
Failing to give way at a 'left turn on red after stopping' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$400
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)$400
Failing to give way to a bicycle rider on a crossing when turning at an intersection with traffic lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 62(1)$400
Disobeying a 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign at an intersection with traffic lights not operatingQueensland Road Rules—Section 63(2)$400
Failing to give way at a 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign at an intersection with traffic lights not operatingQueensland Road Rules—Section 63(2)$400
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)$400
Failing to give way as required when turning at an intersection with a flashing yellow traffic arrowQueensland Road Rules—Section 64$400
Failing to give way to a pedestrian on a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 65(2)$400
Obstructing a pedestrian on a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 65(2)$400
Passing a vehicle that is stopping to give way at a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 65(2)$400
Failing to stop at twin red lights (except at level crossings)Queensland Road Rules—Section 66(1)$400
Proceeding contrary to twin red lights after stoppingQueensland Road Rules—Section 66(4)$400
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine failing to stop at a red B lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 281$400
Bicycle, bus, taxi or limousine failing to stop at a yellow B lightQueensland Road Rules—Section 282$400
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$400
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)$400
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)$400

Traffic signs and road markings

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Disobeying a left turn only sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 88(1)$106
Disobeying a 'Left Lane Must Turn Left' sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 88(2)$106
Disobeying a right turn only sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 89(1)$106
Disobeying a 'Right Lane Must Turn Right' sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 89(2)$106
Disobeying a no turns sign at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 90$106
Disobeying a no left turn sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 91(1)$106
Disobeying a no right turn signQueensland Road Rules—Section 91(2)$106
Disobeying a directional arrow on the road at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 92(1)$106
Disobeying a 'No Overtaking or Passing' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 93(1)$186
Disobeying a 'No Overtaking on Bridge' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 94$186
Disobeying 'Keep Clear' markings on the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 96(1)$204
Disobeying a road access signQueensland Road Rules—Section 97(1)$160
Disobeying a 'One Way' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 98(1)$186
Disobeying a 'Keep Left' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 99(1)$186
Disobeying a 'Keep Right' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 99(2)$186
Disobeying a 'No Entry' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 100$186
Failing to stop at a hand-held 'Stop' sign (not at a children's crossing)Queensland Road Rules—Section 101(1)$400
Proceeding contrary to a hand-held 'Stop' sign (not at a children's crossing)Queensland Road Rules—Section 101(2)$400
Driving/riding on a safety ramp or arrester bed unless necessary for safetyQueensland Road Rules—Section 101A(1)$186

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)$80
Turning left at an intersection on a multi-lane road from other than the left laneQueensland Road Rules—Section 28(1)$80
Failing to turn left from a slip lane when the slip lane is not obstructedQueensland Road Rules—Section 28(1A)$80
Bicycle rider failing to turn left from the left side of a bicycle storage areaQueensland Road Rules—Section 28(2A)$133
Disobeying a turn line when making a left turn at an intersectionQueensland Road Rules—Section 29(1)$106
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)$80
Turning right at an intersection from a position not near the centre of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 31(1)$80
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)$80
Turning right at an intersection on a multi-lane road from other than the right laneQueensland Road Rules—Section 32(1)$80
Bicycle rider failing to turn right from the right side of a bicycle storage areaQueensland Road Rules—Section 32(2A)$133
Turning right other than from near the centre of an intersection or as indicated by turn linesQueensland Road Rules—Section 33(1)$106
Bicycle rider making a hook turn other than from the far left side of the roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 35(2)$133
Beginning a U-turn unsafely without a clear view of approaching traffic Queensland Road Rules—Section 37$106
Failing to give way when making a U-turnQueensland Road Rules—Section 38$400
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign at a break in a dividing stripQueensland Road Rules—Section 39(1)$106
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign on a no U-turn length of roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 39(2)$106
Making a U-turn at an intersection with traffic lights but without a 'U Turn Permitted' signQueensland Road Rules—Section 40$106
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign at an intersection without traffic lightsQueensland Road Rules—Section 41$106
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$106
Conducting a U-turn over single or double continuous line/sQueensland Road Rules—Section 132(2A)$240

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)$311
Failing to move out of the path of a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarmQueensland Road Rules—Section 78(2)$311
Failing to give way to a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarmQueensland Road Rules—Section 79(1)$311

Trams

Description of offenceLegislationFine
Moving into the path of an approaching tramQueensland Road Rules—Section 76(1)$133
Failing to move out of the path of an approaching tramQueensland Road Rules—Section 76(2)$133
Driving/riding in a tramwayQueensland Road Rules—Section 155A$400
Proceeding if a tram stops and doors are open or passengers are crossing to left side of roadQueensland Road Rules—Section 164AA(2)$186
Driving/riding past a stopped tram at a speed over 10km/hQueensland Road Rules—Section 164AA(3)$186