Skateboards, scooters and rollerblades

Follow these rules when using wheeled recreational devices like skateboards, scooters (human powered and low-powered) and roller blades or roller skates.

What is a foot scooter?

A foot scooter:

  • has two or three wheels (one in front of the other, or one in front and two at the rear)
  • has a footboard between the front and back wheels
  • is steered by handlebars
  • may or may not have a seat
  • is moved by pushing one foot against the ground.

Rules for human-powered scooters

Scooter riders must:

  • follow the rules for wheeled recreational devices (below)
  • wear an Australian Standards approved bicycle helmet
  • ride with at least one effective brake on their scooter
  • ride with a bell or horn on their scooter
  • at night have a
    • white light (flashing or steady) on the front
    • red light (flashing or steady) on the back
    • a red reflector on the back.

Low-powered e-scooters (devices which have no more than 200 watts of power and are not capable of travelling faster than 10 km/h), can be used in the same manner as human-powered scooters and wheeled recreational devices (below)

Note that the vast majority of e-scooters are not low-powered e-scooters, and are capable of exceeding 10 km/h and 200 watts.

What is a wheeled recreational device?

Wheeled recreational devices include:

  • scooters (human-powered and low-powered e-scooters) 
  • skateboards
  • roller blades
  • roller skates.

Wheeled recreational devices don't include:

  • bicycles
  • golf buggies
  • prams
  • strollers
  • trolleys
  • wheelchairs (see our Pedestrians page)
  • wheeled toys
  • petrol-powered scooters
  • high-powered e-scooters (i.e. with a motor output of more than 200 watts, or capable of travelling faster than 10 km/h).

Rules for wheeled recreational devices

Wheeled recreational devices can be used on:

  • footpaths
  • bicycle paths
  • shared paths
  • the bicycle side of separated paths
  • shared zones
  • some low-speed roads

When travelling on a road users must keep as far to the left side of the road as is practicable. 

Wheeled recreational devices cannot be:

  • used on pedestrian side of separated paths
  • used on roads with dividing lines or median strips
  • used on roads with a speed limit of more than 50 km per hour
  • used on one-way roads with more than one marked lane 
  • used on the road at night, except to cross the road, e.g. at an intersection. This rule does not apply to scooters with lights (refer to Rules for Scooters above).
  • towed or used in the slipstream of another vehicle
  • used where there is a 'No Wheeled Recreational Devices or Toys' sign.

You are not allowed to use motorised skateboards on public roads or road related areas including footpaths or nature strips. 

Rules around hoverboards, segways and other motorised personal mobility devices can be found on the Hoverboards, Segways and other motorised personal mobility devices page. 

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