A hook turn means turning right from the left side of the road.
For motor vehicles, this is only permitted at certain intersections where it is clearly signed, such as on tram routes in Melbourne’s CBD.
Bikes can legally make a hook turn at any intersection unless a sign forbids it – and it’s often the safest way to turn right.
How to make a hook turn when turning from a busy road into a side street
- Pull over to the far left of the roadway
- Turn your bike (or front wheel) to face the side street so you can clearly see traffic coming from both directions
- Give way to traffic in both lanes and vehicles turning right out of the side street
- When safe, ride (or walk) across the road into side street.
Tip: Change into an easier gear before you stop and have your pedal in power position to start off so you can accelerate smoothly across the road.