A cyclist Northbourne Ave, Braddon.

A cyclist on Northbourne Ave in Braddon. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A cycling safety group has advised ACT politicians against introducing a licensing scheme for cyclists.

Representatives of the Amy Gillett Foundation appeared before a legislative committee inquiry into vulnerable road users on Monday.

The foundation's chief executive, former international cyclist Tracey Gaudry, said the group did not believe cyclists should have to gain licences to ride on the road.

"From our research there is insufficient evidence to determine that there are safety benefits to be gained through bicycle registration or licensing,'' Ms Gaudry said.

"And indeed if there are any benefits, would the cost of those outweigh economic, health, environment participation losses?''

Although the Amy Gillett Foundation encourages cyclists to take out insurance, it did not believe bikes should have to be covered by motor vehicle-style registration.

"Registration is not about paying to use the road,'' Ms Gaudry said. "It is about third-party insurance. I think there's a commonly-held misperception out there among the driving community that it's about rights.''

Ms Gaudry backed calls by other groups that have made submissions for motorists to be required to maintain a one-metre gap when overtaking cyclists.

She also said drivers must be required to give way to allow cyclists to use roundabouts safely.

"We recommend that bike riders are entitled to actually use a full lane when entering, progressing through and exiting a roundabout and be treated as a valid road user in that space,'' Ms Gaudry said.

The foundation wants a trial of allowing cyclists to turn left after stopping and giving way at red traffic lights.

Australian track cyclist Amy Gillett died in 2005 after being hit by a car when cycling with her national team mates in Germany.

The assembly inquiry is investigating safety challenges for cyclists and other vulnerable road users, including as pedestrians and motorbike riders.