Using shared paths

Shared paths are areas open to the public that are designated for use by both pedestrians and bike riders.

How to recognise a shared path

A shared path is identified by the image of a pedestrian and a bike on the pavement and a post. Refer to the image below for an example of a shared path.

Shared footway sign with a cyclist on a path in the background

Giving way

Bike riders must give way to all pedestrians on shared paths. Pedestrians include people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and wheeled recreational devices.

Bike riders using the shared path must keep to the left of the path unless it is impractical to do so.

All bike riders are required to have a bell or similar warning device on their bicycle. When overtaking other path users they should use this warning device or their voice to warn others.

If you are listening to an MP3 player make sure you can still hear others, as bike riders may use a bell or their voice to warn when overtaking.

If walking when it is dark, wear bright visible clothing as some parks and paths may not be well lit. If walking with a dog, keep them to the left of you so they don’t obstruct other path users.

As a pedestrian you cannot walk on a designated bike path unless you are crossing the path on the shortest possible route. You can be in a designated bike path if you are in or pushing a wheelchair or on rollerblades or skates. If you are crossing, keep out of the way of any bikes or pedestrians permitted in the bike path.

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