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Are cyclists obliged to ride on share paths if one is available?


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What is a shared path and who can use it?

A shared path is an area open to the public that is designated for use by both the riders of bicycles and pedestrians, and includes a length of path for use by both bicycles and pedestrians.

Cyclists of all ages are permitted to ride on a shared path unless a “no bicycles” sign is displayed.

Cyclists must keep left, always give way to pedestrians and ring a bell or provide a verbal warning to alert pedestrians of their presence.

Motorists are not permitted to ride on shared paths.

Do cyclists have to use the shared path if one is available?

Cyclists are able to ride on either the road or the shared path. Cyclists are permitted to ride on the shared path even if there is a designated bicycle lane on the road.

If a cyclist chooses to ride on the road, however, they are required to ride in a bike lane where one is provided.

If cyclists choose to ride on the road, can they ride in rows of two or more?

Cyclists are permitted to ride two abreast on a road, however, any more than two cyclists riding abreast is an offence. Where there is insufficient room to ride two abreast in the bicycle lane, cyclists must ride in single file. On roads where no bicycle lanes exist, cyclists must not ride more than 1.5 metres apart when riding abreast.

If you have a question regarding cycling and the law, contact Julia Arena from Andersons Solicitors today. 

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Please note, this Blog is posted in Adelaide, South Australia by Andersons Solicitors. It relates to South Australian legislation. Andersons Solicitors is a medium sized law firm servicing metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia across all areas of law for individuals and businesses.