A bicycle is considered a vehicle and cyclists should follow the same NSW Road Rules as drivers of other vehicles. There are also Road Rules that only apply to cyclists, including:
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If a bicycle is involved in an accident with a car, both the rider and the driver are required to stop and exchange details. Where a bicycle rider or driver has not stopped to exchange details after an accident, you should report the accident to the police, providing a description of the bicycle and the rider, or the car and the driver.
Not many bicycle riders are insured for the damage they cause to other peoples' cars or property, but you can still claim for your damage from the bicycle rider if you have an accident with them and they are at fault. For more information, see
Owed money after a car accident?
When opening a door or getting out of a car, drivers and passengers should keep a look out for cyclists. It is an offence to open a door or get out of the car and cause a hazard. This is an offence of 'strict liability', which means that the driver commits an offence even if they were not acting in a negligent way.