Cycling in Sydney Australia
Now all that has to happen is to get the police to enforce them.
RR12 says a shoulder isn't part of a road, so it does seem the 1 m rule doesn't apply if you are in the car door lane- double whammy?
12 What is a road
"road" is an area that is open to or used by the public and is developed for, or has as one of its main uses, the driving or riding of motor vehicles.
"Motor vehicle" is defined in the Dictionary.
(2) However, unless the contrary intention appears, a reference in these Rules (except in this Division) to a
"road" does not include a reference to:
(a) an area so far as the area is declared, under another law of this jurisdiction, not to be a road for these Rules, or
(b) any shoulder of the road.
Yes, I pondered that too. The rule only applies to a bicycle 'travelling on a road', so there's a good reason why you should never cycle on a painted shoulder or, indeed, painted bike lane. If you do so, you arguably have no protection under the 1m rule...
I contacted BNSW about this and they say they "clarified" the issue with the Govt and they believe the one metre rule does apply to riding in a shoulder. I asked if they have this in writing.
Good. And something useful from BNSW too!