Using Shared Paths
In NSW, it is illegal to ride on a footpath. Those riding on footpaths illegally can be fined by NSW police.
The only exception to this rule applies to children under the age of 12 or an adult accompanying a child aged under 12; or when the footpath is a designated shared path.
Shared paths are different from regular footpaths in that they are for the use of both pedestrians and bike riders.
Across NSW there are shared paths that can be used by both pedestrians and bicycle riders. Always travel at a speed that promotes safety for you and the pedestrians you encounter.
They are designated by images of a pedestrian and a bike on the pavement or on a street sign.
Safety tips on shared paths
- Give Way - Always give way to pedestrians; they have right of way.
- Ring Your Bell - Ring your bell early to alert walkers of your presence.
- Slow Down - Slow down and be courteous to pedestrians.
- Watch Out - Pets and children can be unpredictable, always take extra care on shared paths when they are present.
- Be Aware - Be aware of other users and try not to listen to your iPod in shared path environments as it might stop you from hearing a bike bell.
- Listen for the Bell - If you hear a bike bell on a shared path, move to the left hand side in a safe fashion and allow the bike rider to pass.
- Be Predictable - Keep to the left on shared paths and walk in a predictable manner.
- Be Considerate - Keep pets under control and ensure children are supervised on shared paths.