Triathlon Bike Safety - Staying Safe While Getting Fit!

This page is dedicated to Triathlon Bike Safety.

Its a resource for anyone who has concerns for friends and family members doing a triathlon.

Triathlons are a great sport but its important to stay safe while getting fit.

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Tips for Triathlon Bike Safety

  • Always wear a correctly fitted, approved triathlon bike helmet.
  • Obey traffic lights and signs.
  • Ride on the left side of the road in Australia or Right hand side in the US.
  • Give hand signals to turn left or right.
  • Give way to pedestrians and other vehicles when entering and crossing a road.
  • You can ride in transit lanes and bus lanes, but not in a bus only lane.
  • You must use the bike lane where one is available.
  • When using a footpath or shared pedestrian/bicycle path, keep to the left and give way to pedestrians.
  • You must not be towed by another vehicle.
  • Maintain control of your bike at all times. It’s is an offence to ride with both hands off the handlebars, feet off the pedals or to carry anything which prevents you from having control.

What gear do you need?

A Triathlon bike

For triathlon bike safety make sure your triathlon bike is the right size for you. Your bike must be roadworthy with working brakes and a warning device such as a bell. At night or when visibility is poor, your bike must display a white light (steady or flashing) on the front and a red light (steady or flashing) to the rear. The bike must also have a red reflector to the rear.

A helmet

Triathlon Bike Safety and the law requires you to wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on your head. By doing so, you will reduce the risk of brain or head injury by up to 60% in the event of a crash. Look for the sticker certifying the helmet meets your nations standards displayed on the helmet to ensure it has passed stringent safety tests.

The right clothing

To make it easier for other road users to see you, wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night. If you have no reflective gear for night riding, a plain white t-shirt is the next best thing.

If you are only riding a short distance, your regular clothes will be fine but you should wear sneakers or bike shoes to protect your feet. For longer journeys, cycling pants or regular shorts and a brightly coloured t-shirt or cycling jersey are practical and comfortable.

Don’t forget sunblock and sunglasses - even on cloudy days. You may like to wear gloves to protect your hands, keep your fingers warm in winter and reduce jarring.

A reflective vest will make you more visible and some will also keep you dry and block the wind.

Wet weather gear

A good waterproof jacket, waterproof pants and mudguards will also help to keep you dry from the rain.

An adult over 18 years of age can also ride on a footpath provided they are supervising a child under 12 years old.

Remember to keep left and give way to pedestrians on footpaths or shared pedestrian/bicycle paths.

Special road rules for cyclists


You are allowed to turn right from the left hand lane. When passing each exit, you must give way to any vehicle leaving the roundabout from that exit.

Transit lanes

Transit lanes are used for vehicles containing a certain number of people. These lanes may also be used by buses, taxis, hire cars, motorcycles, bicycles and emergency vehicles, regardless of the number of people in them.

Bicycle lanes

When a bicycle lane is marked on the road, cyclists must use it. These lanes are for use by bicycles, but cars may use them for not more than 50 metres to enter or leave the road at a driveway or intersection.

Bus lanes

Bus lanes are for buses, but can also be used for bicycles, motorcycles, taxis, hire cars and vehicles operated by, or under the direction of the RTA.

Bus only lanes

When the words ‘Buses Only’ appear on a bus lane sign, only buses are allowed to drive in these lanes.

Side by side

You are allowed to ride two abreast, but not more than 1.5 metres apart.

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