redned wrote:Noting also on a DoT site regarding Cycling and the Law:
"When using a public road, all bicycle riders must obey the same rules as other vehicles such as cars and trucks. The most common rules include those applying to traffic control lights, stop signs, careless and reckless riding, riding under the influence of alcohol, and keep left." (my italics)
Not so sure what your point is here ? Unless it's to display how government traffic advice may often be misleading. Much better to check the actual road rules.
I'm well aware that keeping left is the rule in Australia. Some drivers are apparently not so aware judging by the signs we saw on the Great Ocean Road
All vehicles are required to keep left - bicycles and cars alike; on single lane roads, and on multi-lane roads over 80kmh speed limit. But nowhere does this apply any differently to bicycle riders. Cyclists may also ride the breakdown lane of many rural freeways. On multi-lane roads (80kmh and less) cyclists are not constrained to the left lane, nor required to keep left in the lane.
I have ridden all the way from Melbourne to Adelaide and beyond. We rode the main highways which were almost always two lane roads. We followed the general principle of riding just right of the left-hand white line, where there was a sealed-shoulder, or on the sealed shoulder where it was not a 'orrible rough surface (which was often the case). If there was no sealed-shoulder we would often ride 0.5-1 metre from the left edge line. We had very little grief from drivers of cars, trucks or buses. The only time we had troubles was usually when we were riding too far to the left. Riding wider on the road ensured drivers would overtake us in a correct, safe manner.
I've been riding bikes on country roads for over 30 years and know full well that this approach to country road and highway cycling is legal and safe.