In NSW bicycles are considered vehicles and can be ridden on most roads and in bus lanes. People riding bikes on the road are bound by the same road rules as drivers.
Everyone riding a bike must wear an approved helmet too.
Plus, bells are compulsory. You can ring your bell when you're overtaking on shared paths.
Road Rules for people riding bicycles
Keep up to date with changing road rules for people riding bikes.
- For your safety, remember to always wear a helmet. It's also the law, and fines apply.
- For the safety of others, also remember to always ring your bell when you are approaching pedestrians so that they know you are coming. It's also the law that you must have a bell on your bike, and fines apply.
Riding on the road? Make sure you know the rules on sharing the road.
Also consider our suggested community bike connections, trails and maps which has links to the Safe Cycling Network, which includes an online map of off road shared paths, and to the Road Cycling Network, which indicates common road routes.
For rules on using shared paths visit Council Shared Paths
A key element of bicycles is that they are primarily propelled by the rider.
However, e-bikes provide a great opportunity to make riding easier by adding a power source to ASSIST the rider in pedalling.
If you can ride a bike without pedalling, it is no longer a bicycle. You are therefore potentially subject to the laws of riding a motorcycle and the relevant fines.
Personal e-scooters remain illegal on NSW roads and road-related areas, including footpaths, shared paths and bicycle lanes. They can only be used on private property.
For more information: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/e-scooters/index.html
Laws for children under 16
Children under 16 years of age are allowed to ride on a footpath.
This helps to keep them safe until they have the skills, decision making and knowledge of the rules to ride safely on the road.
An adult rider who supervises a child under 16 riding a bike, may also ride with the young rider on the footpath.
Bike tracks and routes
We offer a range of shared paths, beginner to advanced mountain biking and awesome BMX tracks.
Children aged 16 or 17 can ride on the footpath, when they are with a child under 16 and a supervising adult.