Shared paths are great spaces where everyone can interact and enjoy the great outdoors.
The idea is to share the space equally and respect others using the path. Bike riders are often the fastest users, and are obliged to give way to pedestrians.
Tips For All Path Users
We have some tips for maintaining a safe shared path for all users.
- Keep left, unless overtaking (similar to road use)
- When overtaking try and provide one metre of space.
- Travel at a speed suitable for your surroundings. Shared paths often have many young children, dogs, older pedestrians and people who may not be able to hear you easily. Bike riders need to be aware that pedestrians may move in unpredictable ways, especially if startled, and you may need to stop in a hurry.
- Use your bell or politely yell “Overtaking on the left/right” to let pedestrians know you are there.
- Be aware of surroundings such as dogs, children and bike riders.
- If you are planning to stop, we suggest moving off the path to your left.
- Keep animals on short leads so you can react to any hazards accordingly. Often leads can be hard for bike riders to see when riding and can cause accidents.
Safety On Spokes
This article is a part of our 2 month Safety on Spokes Campaign where we cover a range of topics to make a better environment for bike riders in NSW.