Our furry friends often make the best riding companions, but what is the safest (and most legal) way for them to ride with you?
According to the NSW Road rules, a bicycle rider must not lead an animal on a leash, including by tethering, while the bicycle is moving. Animals should be seated or housed in appropriate areas.
Containing Your Pet
We suggest when transporting your pet by bike you either use a cargo bike or bike trailer for larger pets.
Baskets attached to the front or rear rack of the bike are suited for medium and small animals. If an animal is sitting in a basket, trailer or cargo bike, we suggest the seat is enhanced with a leash to keep the animal inside and prevent them jumping down or running off when you come to a stop.
Some animals are also trained to travel in backpacks, handbags and panniers.
The main thing is to ensure your pet is comfortable, safe and secure. We encourage you to have a few slow practice rides with your pet to help them get used to the movement of the bike, before planning a longer ride. Be sure your pet can't moved too much as they can change the balance of the bike, along with the ability to jump off the bike entirely and cause issues with their lead getting caught up in the bike or the pet running away.
Don’t forget to pack water for your pets.