How bike riders can help themselves and others Travel Happy
Choose your route thoughtfully
Rather than using main roads, consider taking back streets as they can be quieter and more pleasant to ride along.
Doing a hook turn at an intersection is a safer way for bikes to turn right while keeping the way clear for other road users (unless posted otherwise).
Always check and scan the road so that you know what's going on, particularly at intersections, roundabouts and when crossing slip lanes. Be sure to indicate your direction of travel.
Obey the rules
As a fellow road user, bike riders are governed by the same rules as other vehicles, including stopping at all red traffic lights and stop signs.
Steer clear of distractions
Keep your mobile phone hands-free and cycle unplugged so that you're aware of your surroundings.
You can often disappear in the blind spots of larger vehicles and are trickier to see at night. Smart positioning on the road, lights and reflective gear are a must.
Use hand signals
To keep other road users in the know, use clear hand signals to indicate your next move.
Sharing is caring
On shared paths bike riders must give way to pedestrians. Slow down, let them know you're there, and pass by with plenty of room.
A friendly wave is a simple and effective way to make connections on the road and say thanks.
How other road users can help bike riders Travel Happy
Give bike riders the space they need. They can often find themselves without a designated bike lane so make their journey happier by waiting patiently until you have enough room to pass instead of squeezing by.
Check for bikes at intersections. When you’re turning right, watch and wait for a suitable gap in oncoming traffic (including bike traffic). When parking, look behind you for bikes before opening your door. Also keep an eye out when crossing a road, bike path or shared path on foot, bikes can be quiet and you won’t always hear them coming.
Keep a look out
Drivers can enter an on-road bike lane for a short distance (up to 50m) to turn or park but must give way to bike riders when doing so.
Bikes can easily disappear in the blind spots of vehicles, particularly larger ones. Be sure to do a head check before turning or switching lanes, and use your mirrors to check if you are driving a larger vehicle.
Low speed is safe speed
Stay within the speed limit and be extra careful in areas of high bike riding activity. Slower speeds give you more time to observe and react.
How we can all Travel Happy
Add some happiness to your travels with these Travel Happy tips.
Share the road
With a little care and patience, there is enough room on our roads to accommodate all modes of transport.
Be sure to keep a wide view of the street and of your surroundings. This applies to pedestrians too.
A good set of lights and appropriate clothing are crucial for bike riders and motorcyclists.
Leave with plenty of travel time up your sleeve to avoid getting impatient. Rushing doesn't usually save much time anyway.
Did you know close to 80% of the human brain is water? Stay sharp by taking regular sips of H2O.
Eat before you leave, or pack a snack, to maintain your energy levels.
Keep well rested
Fatigue affects concentration and decision making skills, so try to be well rested before you travel.
Be in your right mind
However you choose to travel, stay focussed on the road by taking alcohol and drugs out of the equation.
Friends of Travel Happy
Thank you to our bike rider ambassadors Charlie Farren and Matt Keenan who have helped to make Travel Happy possible. Together, we're working towards making Victorian roads a safer and happier place for everyone.