The path is there to share
Keep safe on shared paths and streets
Safety for all street users is a priority, and educating people on using shared paths will create a safer environment for all.
We know that many bike riders are new to riding in traffic or on shared paths. That’s why we are working hard to educate everyone – bike riders, pedestrians and motorists – on how to share roads, streets and paths safely and courteously.
Share the Path
Popping up at different locations in the morning or evening, on or nearby shared paths across the City, the Share the Path team provide safety advice on using shared paths. Our friendly information experts are on hand to answer your questions on cycling in the city and using shared paths.
Don’t have a bell on your bike (remember – it’s a legal requirement!) or need a quick bike tune up?
Drop by and see our friendly team who will fit the bell to your bike and provide a few quick tips on bell etiquette.
When using a shared path, bike riders need to watch out for pedestrians – slow down, use their bells early and be ready to stop. By law, bike riders must always give way to people walking on shared paths.
Bell It, Share It, Slow It
The City promotes the Bell It, Share It, Slow It message – these are key behaviours that promote a harmonious environment between pedestrians and bike riders on shared paths.
A fun, quick way to remember the appropriate behaviours is to remember to Bell it, Slow it and Share it:
- Bell It – Ring early to alert people of your presence.
- Slow It – Enjoy the journey and look out for children, pets and people.
- Share It – Give way and keep the path clear for everyone.
See the Share the Path team in action in this video:
Identifying a shared path
Shared paths can be identified in the city by the regulatory signage below and in an increasing number of locations marked by these blue line marking and blue pavement signage (see below):