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Bike Law was produced in consultation with Amy Gillett Foundation, VicRoads, Bicycle Network, City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, Cycling Victoria and Melbourne Bicycle User Group.

Riding two abreast

A cyclist can ride next to another cyclist (this is called ‘riding two abreast’) on the road with the following rules:

  • On single-lane roads, cyclists can’t ride beside more than one other cyclist (unless overtaking).
  • On multi-lane roads, cyclists:
    •  can’t ride more than two abreast in any single marked lane (unless overtaking)
    • can ride more than two abreast across multiple lanes.
  • When travelling two abreast, cyclists shouldn’t be more than 1.5 metres apart.

Tip for cyclists: when riding two abreast, consider other road users and if necessary, change to single file to help drivers overtake safely.
Tip for drivers: only overtake when it is safe and legal to do so. After overtaking, make sure you’re well clear of the cyclists before moving back.

This video below provides the perfect illustration about why cyclists ride two abreast.