Everyone has a role to play
No matter how you travel, you can help make our streets safer places by keeping an eye out for others and having a good grasp of your responsibilities.
When riding a bike, understand the needs of other people using shared paths, such as children, the elderly and people with disabilities, by slowing down, ringing your bell if needed, giving people plenty of room and never missing a chance to be polite!
Combined Pedestrian and Cycle Crossings
When approaching a crossing, no matter your mode of travel, slow down and know your responsibilities and the needs of other road users, particular around the new combined pedestrian and cycle crossings, where bike riders, as well as pedestrians, have priority.
When entering or leaving a driveway by bike or car, remember that you are just a guest on the path, and must give way to everyone – that includes children on bikes and scooters, the elderly and people with disabilities on footpaths, and all the people riding on shared path. And never leave your car parked over a path. Please remember that you cannot park across a footpath or shared path, even if it is in your driveway between the road and your property.
Extra tips for a safe and comfortable ride
- Set up your bike right – Are your tyres pumped, chain clean, seat at the right height, brakes working, and have you remembered your lights, bell and lock? With the right set up, you will be able to ride more safely through our streets.
- Dress for the occasion – Don't worry this doesn't have to mean lycra (unless you want it to!). Remember a helmet, avoid long laces and baggy pants (or tuck them in your socks or with a clip) and dress brightly. Wear gloves, a vest and covered shoes in the cold.
- Know your moves – Can you take one hand off to signal and gesture? Are you confident looking behind you (you can buy a rear-view mirror)? How confident are you riding slowly and moving around other people in a predictable manner? All these skills make for a smoother and safer ride.
- Plan your route – While there are wayfinding signs in Newcastle, much of your riding will require you to know where you are going. Newcastle has a mix of quiet roads, bike lanes, shared paths and paths through parks. There are many tools to help you plan ahead or regain your bearings including the City's cycling maps.
Whether you're riding, driving or walking, safety is everyone's responsibility, so let's follow the rules and keep everyone safe.