They look like government approved bike lanes. But they are not! Even The Uni active travel pages agree : newcastle.edu.au/activetravel
Do not use Newcastle “pushbike lanes”:
Do not cycle over the top of the pushbike pictures painted on the roads because they are not bike lanes (too narrow, too close to parked cars and not signposted).
NSW Road Rules 153, 144 & 247 advise to pushbike the safe way (usually 1.5m away from parked cars ) AND human rights to walk and cycle safely (UN’s UDHR Articles 3,5,13,25,26,27,29)
Uni active travel webpages advise this also. UoN empowers all people with solutions to pushbike for transport and to find safe backstreet shortcuts.
Unseen children can open car doors and push you into traffic.
2016 Rule changes
1. Minimum Passing Distance
- Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space when the speed limit is 60km or less; and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.
- To help drivers provide the minimum distance, some exemptions to the road rules will apply (click here for full information from the NSW Centre for Road Safety).
- The penalty for drivers caught failing to give the minimum distance will be a $319 fine and the loss of two demerit points.
2. Increased Fines for Bike Riders:
- Fines for the five offences below will increase significantly for bicycle riders as of March 1 2016.
- Not wearing a helmet (up from $71 to $319)
- Running a red light (up from $71 to 425)
- Riding dangerously (up from $71 to $425)
- Holding on to a moving vehicle (up from $71 to $319)
- Not stopping at children’s/ pedestrian crossings (up from $71 to $425)
- Penalties for other bicycle rider offences will also increase from $71 to $106 – which also includes riding without a working warning device, eg a bike bell.
3. Carrying identification. The government backflipped on this thanks to pressure from BicycleNSW. So you still are not required to carry any special identification card while riding a pushbike
Bicycle riders are also encouraged to allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.