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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. 

Riding on the road? Watch our Sharing Roads Safely video to better understand rules and behaviour of both people on bikes and motorists.

For rules on using shared paths visit Council Shared Paths

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.

Children aged 16 or 17 can ride on the footpath, when they are with a child under 16 and a supervising adult.