Cycling Safety Regulations | Western Cape Government

Cycling Safety Regulations

(Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government)

The Draft Safety of Cyclists Regulations is open for public comment until 24 May 2013.

Have your say via post, e-mail or fax:

Post: The Head of Department, Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, PO Box 2603, Cape Town, 8000
Fax: 021 483 2166

The regulations requirements ensure the safety of the cyclist and the motorist.


  • Take care while passing the cyclist.
  • Leave a distance between the motor vehicle and the cyclist of at least one meter.
  • Maintain that distance from the cyclist until safely clear of the cyclist.


  • Keep as close as possible to the left edge of the roadway.
  • Obey road traffic signs and rules.
  • Fit and use front and rear lights when riding while dark and while visibility is limited.
  • Do not ride on the right-hand side of a motor-vehicle proceeding in the same direction, except when passing that motor vehicle or turning right at the intersection.
  • Do not ride abreast of another cyclist proceeding in the same direction, except when passing that cyclist.
  • Do not ride while wearing a headset, headphones or any listening device other than a hearing aid or while carrying another person on the pedal cycle, unless the pedal cycle is specifically equipped to carry more than one person.

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