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Push To Allow Cyclists To Use Footpaths

Controversial issue

Push To Allow Cyclists To Use Footpaths

For those considering taking up bike riding again, the prospect of navigating busy streets can seem overwhelming.

In Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the ACT and Northern Territory, it's still legal for people of all ages to ride on the footpath.

However in NSW in Victoria, it remains a steadfast rule that if you're over the age of 12, you must ride on the road.

There are certain exceptions to this rule, such as allowing an adult to ride accompanying their child if under the age of 12.

Given the number of accidents involving cyclists and research showing that NSW has the lowest level of cycling participation, Bicycle NSW has announced it will push to change the rules so that people of all ages can use the footpath.

"There needs to be a change in the current cycling environment in NSW," said CEO Craig Meagher in a statement.

"Children are being forced to ride on the road at the age of 12. Adults who are rediscovering bike riding are being left with no option but to battle the roads. This is not an environment that encourages bike riding."