As cyclists it’s important to know our rights and responsibilities as road users. According to S.A. traffic laws, bicycles are regarded as vehicles. We have the same right to safe passage as anyone else on the road and are also required to follow road rules. Let’s lead by example, cycle responsibly and become ambassadors for safer, calmer and more livable streets.
Yield to pedestrians. At pedestrian crossings, stop behind the line, leaving the crossing clear for safe walking. When riding on shared paths be courteous to others.
As a cyclist, you need to obey all the rules of the road – stop at stop signs and red lights, just like all other vehicles.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Ride in the same direction as traffic. If you end up on the wrong side of a one-way street, rather walk your bike on the pavement.
KEEP LEFT & PASS SAFE
By law motorists are required to give cyclists a minimum of 1m passing distance. Cyclists are required to ride in single file and keep as close as practicable to the left edge of the road. Cycle on the left side of vehicles, unless passing or turning right.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Be visible and safe at night or when visibility is low. Reflectors and a front white and rear red light are required by law.
IT’S OK TO LEAVE THE BIKE LANE
Cyclists are required to use cycle lanes where available. However if there is no cycle lane or if it is obstructed by parked vehicles or hazards, you can ride in other vehicle travel lanes. Merge when safe and signal when changing lanes.
STAY ON THE STREET
Claim space on the street. Do not ride on the pavement unless there is a sign saying that you can. Bicycles are allowed on any road open to cycling except for freeways.
WEAR A HELMET
In South Africa wearing a helmet is law for both adults and children. Helmets can save your brain in a crash.
BE CLEAR & DIRECT
Give clear hand signals and look behind before turning, changing lanes or stopping. Make eye contact with drivers to check that they’ve seen you.
TAKE THE LANE
If you’re riding in a narrow lane or cycling next to parked cars — if you feel safer, rather take the lane and ride outside the door zone. At intersections and traffic circles, ride in the middle of the lane to be more visible to avoid getting hit by turning vehicles.
MAKE SOME NOISE
Having a bell or horn lets people know you’re approaching or passing, and it’s fun to make some noise!
UNPLUG & LISTEN UP
Make sure you can hear the road users around you. It’s illegal to ride while wearing headphones or any listening device other than a hearing aid.
For the full list of SA Road Rules and Cycling Legislation.