Cycle Facilities

Traffic cycle signals on Tuam Street by the central city Bus Interchange

There are new ways of getting into the city with new cycle paths, new pedestrian crossings and new bus movements.

There are separated cycle lanes outside the Bus Interchange on Tuam Street.  Buses turn across the cycle lane to enter the Interchange.  When the bus signals show a green bus-only light, the cycle signals will show a red stop light.  People cycling are warned that a red cycle light is coming by orange flashing LED lights on the ground.  These flashing lights mean get ready to STOP on the red light outside the Bus Interchange.

Read the flyer for more safety information.  

Shared Pathway Etiquette

Considerate behaviour is key to the success of shared pathways.  Here are some signs you may see around to encourage their appropriate use.

Share with care signs

As usual, common sense will ensure happy users.  When sounding your bell to warn when approaching, do so from a reasonable distance behind the person travelling more slowly that you intend to pass, rather than when you’re almost upon them.  

Slow down as you pass, giving them plenty of room…imagine how it feels when you’re cycling and are passed on the road by someone driving faster than the speed you're travelling…Share The Road, Share The Path.  A friendly “G’day” as you pass always helps too

What is a hook turn and how do I do it?

A hook turn is basically a right turn at an intersection, done in two steps.  It enables you to stay on the left side of the road at all times, avoiding the need to move across traffic to turn right.

hook turn

Photograph C/ Glen Koorey

Step 1 : When the traffic signal is green, ride across the intersection keeping left. When you reach the hook turn box (usually marked with a cycle symbol and right-turn arrow), turn your bike around, and wait until the traffic signal now in front of you changes to green.

Step 2 : Ride across the intersection, keeping left.

N.B. When using the above technique, always remain vigilant of :

  • People crossing the road on foot
  • Traffic (including other people on bikes) behind you at Step 1 that is travelling straight ahead

Alternatively, it is perfectly acceptable to find a safe place to stop prior to entering the intersection, dismount and walk your bike across the intersection, using pedestrian crossings.

What is an advanced stop box and how do I use it?

Advanced stop boxes are road markings (a green square with a white cycle symbol), painted at traffic signals, in front of the line of waiting traffic.  They are designed to provide a place for people on bikes to stop where they may be more visible, positioned ahead of other people in larger vehicles.

Woman waiting at an advanced stop box

N.B. Some “older” hook turn and advanced stop boxes are painted rusty red rather than green. Others may not have any background colour but just the white cycle symbol.


When using hook turn or advanced stop boxes, always be extra vigilant that the people in larger vehicles waiting behind you have seen you as you may be in their blind spot.

Detector lines and activating traffic sensors

You may find you arrive at an intersection where the traffic lights are red and there are no other vehicles waiting.  To activate the traffic lights, position your bike over the lines where grooves have been cut into the tarmac and refilled.  This will trigger the traffic lights as that's where the traffic light sensors are.