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Take care on our shared pathways

Byron Shire Council’s director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, is warning bicycle riders not to ride through pedestrian only footpaths and to take extra caution on shared pathways.

It comes following complaints a number of people have been seen riding bicycles on footpaths, obstructing pedestrians and causing safety concerns.

“While we encourage both walking and cycling in our town centres, we really hope to see both forms of transport moving harmoniously along footpaths and shared pathways.”

“To ensure this, it’s important to consider the user rules for the pathway you are taking,” Mr Holloway said.

“Bicycle riders are encouraged to stick to shared pathways, which are signposted and marked to aid them to share with pedestrians.

“When riding along a shared pathway, keep to the left at all times unless it is impractical to do so, and give way to pedestrians.

“Take care at all times and adjust your speed to your surroundings.

“Always use your bell or horn to sound warning and notify other users of the shared pathway when you are approaching,” Mr Holloway explained.

“Please also be particularly careful around young children, older pedestrians and animals,” he said.

Bicycle riders must not ride on a footpath. However there are exceptions for children under the age of 12 years who can ride on a foothpath unless there is a ‘No Bicycles’ sign in place.

For more information on road rules for cyclists in NSW:

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/bicycles/safety-rules/road-rules-for-bicycle-riders.html

Shared pathways are marked with the following signage:                 

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.