The Cyclist’s Rite of Passage

I put the question out to our Cycling-Inform Facebook Fan Page asking what they thought was the important “Rite of Passage” for a cyclist. Cycling does have many milestones and they are different depending on the type of riding you do. We are steeped in the tradition of riding our bike and there are many steps along the journey. Here is the list of milestones to becoming a seasoned rider that our Facebook fans came up with (in alphabetical order):
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ICE – In Case of Emergency for Cyclists

ICE - In Case of Emergency for Cyclists
Many of you may know about ICE but was reminded about this recently when an friend forwarded me an e-mail from the ambulance services. This is easy to set up and would certainly assist if needed. [Read more...]

Are you legal in Australia?

Current laws in Australia state that you have to have a bell on our bike. But that is only the start…

Cut from Bicycle Victoria website:

Bicycle Victoria supports the use of bicycle bells, especially by riders using Rail Trails and bike paths (shared footways) where there are many people walking.

Our Share the Path code includes the following guidelines:

  • Keep left unless overtaking
  • Overtake on the right
  • Wheeled traffic gives way to foot traffic
  • Ring your bell, call Passing and slow when passing others from behind
  • Move off path if stopped.

Generally, we advise that riders use bells rather than horns, as bells are recognisable as the sound of a bicycle.

Another advantage of bells is that they can be rung either politely and gently or with urgency to warn walkers that you are coming up behind.

Bells are of little use in alerting people in motor vehicles but can help alert people who are about to step onto the roadway.

The rules

Traffic regulations require a rider to have a bell fitted. The penalty for riding a bicycle without a bell is $50. The penalty refers specifically to a bell. The old definition of an audible warning device no longer applies – so you can’t argue that your voice meets the regulations.

A bicycle for normal road use must be sold with ‘an efficient bell or some other suitable audible warning device’.

This standard excludes second hand bikes, tandems, folding bikes, track racing bikes, one of a kind bicycles, power assisted bicycles and the smaller children’s bicycles.

The link (right) ‘ACCC Pedal Bike Standards’ contains a guide to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1927: 1998 Pedal Bicycles – Safety Requirements.

The standards are enforced on wholesalers and retailers through the ACCC using the provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974.


See attachments below:

  • PART 15Additional Rules for Bicycle Riders (VIC Roads) – [part15.pdf]
  • Trade Practices Act 1974 for Cycles – AS/NZS 1927:1998 Pedal Bicycles – Safety Requirements – [Product.pdf]

Another great source of information can be found here:

The official rules of the Eurocyclist

Got this sent to me a few days ago from John Rayner in the UK. It’s a light hearted look at cycling etiquette and is a response to the already published article titled Unwritten rules of cycling etiquette. Many thanks John for sending this one in!

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Cycling Socks. What’s Cool and What’s Not

I’m going through the process of sorting out our cycling kit for this year and seems that everyone is more concerned with the length of the sock than anything else to do with our design…

These images were taken at the Australian Nationals. THE MOST IMPORTANT ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR on the Australia calendar.

It provides a cross section of cycling sock etiquette. Comments please…

Genesys choice of sock. Long and orange… They think it’s cool. Cool or not cool?

Anything with a kangaroo and the national Australian stripes.  Cool or not cool?

Black and white Capo socks. Ok, I think these are cool.

White long socks. Cool or not cool. Perhaps cool if you have a great tan and real skinny legs (as pictured).

Long blue and white socks. I like blue and white so cool.

Your mother’s tennis socks. Not cool.

Black mid length socks… Cool if you are Lance?

Columba Highroad socks. Match the bike. Cool or not cool?

Shorti-sh Simple white sock with… errr. script writing on it… Cool or not cool?

Sister’s tennis sock… What the? Not cool.

Long, white with red square on it and a black line? Designer thought it was cool. Is it art, cool or not cool?

Non descript white sock ridden by Australian pro rider perhaps? Got the drink bottles. Cool or not cool for pro riders to not wear team issue socks?

BMC Short RED socks. I think they are too short to be cool. Cool or not cool?

Black short socks… Not Capo. Not long. Not cool.

Rabobank booties. Only cool if you are a pro and you want to hide you shoes because they are not team issue otherwise not cool.

Campagnolo socks… Cool-ish. They have Campagnolo on them so they are cool. I want them to be cool… But… they don’t look cool… Such a dilemma…

Astana socks. Cool or not cool?

“V” socks. Like the airline when they treat my bike nice. Australian champion stripes are cool if you are an Australian champion. Cool or not cool?

Unwritten Rules Of Cycling Etiquette


Cycling is steeped with tradition and etiquette. For the newcomer to the sport it can be quite daunting task of stumbling through the specific social behaviours that are unique to the cycling community. This article is a light-hearted and Tongue-in-cheek look at the Unwritten Rules Of Cycling Etiquette for the road cyclists. Josh Horowitz wrote this article in 2008. I couldn’t write an article better myself. Seeing as it’s still relevant today so I have republished it here.

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