Frequently asked questions

Anniversary Trail, Argyle Road, Kew

What are the advantages of riding a bike?

Riding a bike is fun, healthy and a convenient way to get around.

What is the etiquette for using a shared path?

Shared paths can be used by both bike riders and pedestrians.

  • Keep to the left, unless it is impracticable to do so.
  • Travel at a safe speed considering other path users.
  • Give way to pedestrians.
  • Use your bell to warn others when you are approaching.
  • Be careful around young children and dogs, they can be unpredictable in their movements.

How safe is it to ride on roads and streets?

Some cyclists are comfortable riding on roads. However, busy roads are best avoided. Take care when riding in traffic and through roundabouts. Be wary of tram tracks that can be very slippery when wet.

Where can I ride in Boroondara?

Do I have to wear a helmet?

  • Yes. Wearing a helmet is required by law in Victoria and helmets provide some protection from head injuries.
  • Exemptions are possible on religious or medical grounds. See Road Rule s256

Who can ride on a footpath?

You can ride on a footpath if you:

  • Are a child under the age of 13.
  • Are a person 13 and over who is accompanying a child under the age of 13.
  • Are an adult 18 or over who is cycling with a young child in a child seat attached to their bicycle, or with a child pedalling on a bike attachment at the back of an adult bicycle.
  • You have been given a medical certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner that states you have a disability or medical condition which makes it undesirable, impracticable or inexpedient for you to ride on the road. You need to follow the conditions on your medical certificate (if any) and show it to a police officer or authorised person when asked.
  • Are an adult accompanying and supervising a rider who is 13 years or older with a medical certificate for cycling on a footpath.

Sources: Vicroads, Victorian Consolidated Regulations