Motorcycles and scooters

The number of motorcycle and scooter riders in Sydney is growing – they are fun and cheap to run. Their growing popularity, however, means that accidents with motorbikes and scooters are also on the rise.

Low-risk riding tips

  • Leave a 3-second buffer around your vehicle.
  • Wear protective clothing (see below).
  • Scan, anticipate and respond – be aware of all other road users including pedestrians and actively avoid situations that could result in a crash.
  • Ride at a speed that will allow you to avoid a collision.

Protective clothing

The following gear can significantly reduce injuries:

  • Australian standard full-face helmet.
  • Jacket and pants – highly abrasion and tear resistant, completely covering arms, legs and your body, secured at the wrist, waist and ankles.
  • Gloves – gauntlet style with a strengthened palm area and knuckle protection with a zip or velcro fastening around the wrist.
  • Boots without laces – must overlap the pants and provide shin, ankle and instep protections with a zipper velcro fasteners.

Road rules

All Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) road rules apply to motorcycle and scooter riders.

  • Motorbikes and scooters are not allowed to use a bicycle lane except for 50m before entering or after leaving a driveway or intersection.
  • Motorbikes and scooters must not be ridden on a footpath or shared path. You must dismount from your vehicle even if you are looking for an off-road parking space. The only riders exempt from this rule are postal delivery workers.
  • Motorbikes and scooters can travel in transit and bus lanes but not in bus only lanes.

Top 3 motorcycle/scooter crash causes

  • colliding with a vehicle in front
  • making a right turn in front of oncoming traffic
  • losing control of the vehicle.

Ride to live

Transport for NSW has a virtual ride where you can test your reaction skills. The site also has a selection of NSW rides where you can plan your trip and tips including how to prevent a crash and first aid skills.


Motorcycle Clothing Assessment ProgramTransport for NSW: Ride to liveTransport for NSW: Lane filteringMotorcycle Council of NSWAustralian Government: Good Gear Guide

Last updated: Thursday, 6 February 2020