Your Health and Safety

health and safety
The MS Melbourne Cycle 30km and 50km courses are held on public roads that may have high traffic demands or present difficult conditions such as steep descents. Participants are urged to exercise extreme caution at all times and ride in a protective manner, constantly scanning the environment to be aware of what is happening around them. 

Your health and safety is foremost during the 2017 MS Melbourne Cycle. To ensure all cyclists have a safe and enjoyable time as well as our volunteers, local residents and the general community, we have compiled some rules to remember during your ride.

RULES TO REMEMBER:

  • Adhere to speed limits and obey all traffic signals and signage.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Listen to and obey directions of VIC Police and course marshals/volunteers.
  • Use hand signals if turning left or right, or stopping.
  • Only pass to the right of another rider and call out 'passing' when doing so.
  • Always look behind before pulling out to pass another rider.
  • Only ride side-by-side where there is enough room left for vehicles and other cyclists to pass, and then no more than two abreast. 
  • It is the rider's responsibility to follow the sign-posted route.
  • Ensure your bike is mechanically sound with both front and rear brakes in working order.
  • Wear bright clothing that increases your visibility to other road users.
  • Do not ride in the gutter.
  • Always wear your helmet correctly when cycling.

The future of the MS Melbourne Cycle is dependent on the continued support of riders behaving appropriately on the roads during the event. Riders disobeying traffic rules, running red lights, or stopping on the West Gate Bridge are noted by authorities such as the Police and Vic Roads, and continued breaches could see the permit to run the event withdrawn.

Police will be on the road and will fine those who:

  • Disobey traffic lights at intersections and do not stop at pedestrian crossings.
  • Exceed speed limits.
  • Fail to keep to the left of the carriageway.
  • Ride more than two abreast.
  • Ride dangerously.
  • Ride negligently.
  • Are not wearing a helmet.

Volunteer marshals may disqualify riders who are seen breaking the law. This will mean you are banned from future MS Melbourne Cycle events, so please follow these rules to ensure an enjoyable day for all.

Your actions are not only responsible for your own safety and those around you, but also have an impact on the continued fundraising work of MS and people living with multiple sclerosis.

We thank you for your support and cooperation and trust you will have an enjoyable MS Melbourne Cycle experience.

If you would like more information on rules and regulations for riders, download a copy of Sharing Roads and Paths or follow this link to the VicRoads website: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/bicycles

 

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