Using e-bikes and e-scooters on NSW roads, shared paths, and footpaths

E-bikes and e-scooters have soared in popularity, but before you head out make sure you know the relevant road rules to keep you, and those around you safe. 


E-bikes are subject to the same road rules as bicycles. To be considered a bicycle it cannot be propelled exclusively by a motor. In Australia e-bikes must not assist pedalling past the speed of 25km/h. 

While e-bikes sold in Australia meet the legal requirements, there is currently no quality control over e-bikes purchased and shipped from overseas retailers.


Personal e-scooters cannot legally be ridden on public roads and paths in NSW, only on private property. 

There are some e-scooter trials taking place across NSW in locations that have been approved by Transport for NSW.      

Road Rules  

  • Bicycle riders must keep to the left on footpaths and give way to pedestrians. 
  • Only children under 16 years of age of age can ride on the footpath, and they can be accompanied by adults. 
  • Bicycles are not allowed in pedestrian malls such as The Corso at Manly. 
  • All bicycle riders must have a bell on their bike to warn others of their approach and wear a helmet. 

   Road Safety 

Road safety is a shared responsibility. Council and police follow up where, and as appropriate with unsafe and illegal behaviour. 

As individuals, we cannot change the behaviour of others. It is important whether riding, driving, or walking that we are all responsible for our own safety and the safety of others.

E-bike and e-scooter fire risk

E-bikes and e-scooters commonly contain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries pose a number of risks including explosion and fire, particularly when used in products that are not manufactured to meet the relevant Australian standards. 

To reduce the risk of incidents caused by e-bike and e-scooter batteries we suggest following Fire and Rescue NSW’s list of recommendations