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MCC Code of Conduct

As a cyclist who shares the road with other users it is your responsibility to know the road rules!

Under the Road Rules, bicycles are considered to be vehicles and riders must obey traffic signals, stop signs and give way signs - just like any car on the road.
If you see cyclists disobeying the road rules you should remind them that they are representing all cyclists, not just themselves, when they break the rules.

When out riding it is your responsibility to ensure you follow these Codes of Conduct:
  • Obey the road rules!
    There is no excuse for not doing this
    When out riding, you are representing yourself, cyclists in general AND the club - so do the right thing and lead by example!

  • Ride no more than two abreast
    Legally you may ride two abreast (no more than 1.5m between riders)
    However, when the traffic is congested or on undulating or narrow roads with unbroken white lines, it is safer to ride single file

  • Be predictable
    Ride evenly with no lateral movement.
    Make clear, consistent and timely hand signals

  • Take care at intersections
    Never take for granted that the drivers around you have seen you.  Make eye contact with drivers before moving ahead
    Travel at a speed that you can either stop or take evasive action if needed
    At roundabouts, look for gaps in traffic and occupy/own the whole lane (don't position yourself near the far left of the lane, where cars can try and squeeze past you)

  • Stay alert
    Concentrate and anticipate!
    Keep a lookout for obstacles in your path and be aware of the traffic around you
    Warn other cyclists of impending dangers early and clearly

  • Maintain your bike
    Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly and wheels securely fastened
    Always check your brakes before riding
    Accidents happen but all riders should avoid the "avoidable issues" by riding a well-maintained (and safe) bike

  • Be seen
    Wear bright-coloured clothing and turn your lights on when it gets dark
    Avoid night riding if you can, but if you need to ride after dark, ride with extra caution

  • Stay within the lane
    In designated bike lanes, keep your handlebars within the line (wherever possible)
    If you need to move out of your lane to pass an obstacle, signal accordingly and ensure it is safe before doing so

  • Stay calm
    Do not respond to antagonistic behaviour from drivers who feel you should not be on the road
    If needed, call the police and where necessary, stop riding (if a car is driving beside you, potentially putting you in danger)

  • Pass parked cars safely
    Allow a 1 meter clearance when riding past parked cars, and watch out for car doors opening
    Again, signal appropriately before moving out, so others behind you know of your intentions

  • Make a connection
    Most drivers do the right thing. Thank them and acknowledge good behaviour to help build rapport

  • Think about drivers and their needs as well
    Set a good example for everyone’s benefit and ride defensively
    Show respect and courtesy to motorists and hopefully, you will receive this back in return

  • Never leave a fellow rider behind
    Should a slower rider be struggling to keep up, nominate yourself to hang back and support them (we were all at this stage once)
    If another rider suffers mechanical failure/punctures, stop to see if you can offer assistance
    Should this occur during a group ride, no more than 1-2 riders should stop to help and the remainder of the group should continue on (unless directed otherwise by a key member)
    Should the group or individuals need to stop, move well off the road's edge out of harm's way and/or find a suitable stopping location nearby

  • Carry identification with you when you ride
    Should an incident occur and emergency services are involved, being identifiable can help in notifying next of kin or making it known you have certain medical conditions

Cycling Victoria also have a Code of Conduct for Cyclists (PDF) booklet which re-enforces many of the above points (plus a few others).