SAFETY STANDARDS FOR BICYCLES IN QUEENSLAND

When you ride a bicycle or an electric powered wheeled recreational device or a personal mobility device like a rideable, you must wear an Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet. You must securely fit and fasten it. An approved bicycle helmet means a helmet that complies with AS 2063 or AS/NZS 2063.

You do not need to wear a helmet if you have a doctor’s certificate stating that, for a specific amount of time, you cannot wear a helmet:

  • for medical reasons
  • because of a physical characteristic that makes it unreasonable for you to wear one.

If you have a doctor’s certificate, you must carry it with you when you ride without a helmet.

You also do not need to wear a helmet if you are a member of a religious group and are wearing a headdress customarily worn by your group, that makes it impractical to wear a helmet.

Every time you ride, your bicycle must have:

  • at least 1 working brake
  • a working bell, horn or a similar warning device.

If you ride at night or in weather conditions that make it difficult to see, you must display (either on the bicycle or on you):

  • a white light (flashing or steady) that can be clearly seen at least 200m from the front of the bicycle
  • a red light (flashing or steady) that can be clearly seen at least 200m from the back of the bicycle
  • a red reflector that can be clearly seen at least 50m from behind the bicycle—when a vehicle’s headlights shine on it.

There is no law that prohibits the attachment of a camera to a bicycle helmet, if the helmet remains compliant with the above standards and is an approved attachment (according to the helmet manufacturer).

You can carry a load on your bicycle. If you choose to carry a load, you must:

  • attach the load to your bicycle in a way that does not make the bicycle unstable
  • make sure the load is unlikely to fall from the bicycle.

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