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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 - REG 250

Riding on a footpath or shared path

    (1)     The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath except in the circumstances specified under subrule (1A).

Penalty:     3 penalty units.

Note

Footpath is defined in the dictionary.

    (1A)     For the purposes of subrule (1), the circumstances in which the rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older may ride on a footpath are—

        (a)     the rider of the bicycle is 18 years old or older and is accompanying a child under 12 years old who is riding a bicycle on the footpath and the child is under the rider's supervision; or

        (b)     the rider of the bicycle is 12 years old or older and—

              (i)     has a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner; and

              (ii)     the certificate states that the rider has a disability or medical condition which makes it undesirable, impracticable or inexpedient for the rider to ride on the road; and

              (iii)     the rider is complying with the conditions (if any) stated on the certificate; and

              (iv)     if the disability or medical condition is of a temporary nature, the certificate contains an expiry date and has not expired; and

              (v)     the rider is carrying the certificate; and

              (vi)     the rider produces the certificate when requested to do so by a police officer or authorised person; or

        (c)     the rider of the bicycle is 18 years old or older and is accompanying and supervising a rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older and who is riding a bicycle on the footpath under subrule (b); or

        (d)     the rider of the bicycle is a postal worker who is riding the bicycle in the course of their duties as a postal worker.

    (2)     The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must—

        (a)     keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable to do so; and

        (b)     give way to any pedestrian (except a person travelling on an electric personal transporter) on the footpath or shared path.

Penalty:     3 penalty units.

Notes

1     Pedestrian is defined in rule 18, and shared path is defined in rule 242.

2     For subrule (2), "give way" means the rider must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision—see the definition in the dictionary.

    (3)     In this rule—

"footpath" does not include a separated footpath.

Note

Separated footpath is defined in rule 239.



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