Skating and Cycling Rules
The rules recognise the importance of skating and cycling as a recreational activity and a form of transport. Skaters and cyclists are able to share footpaths and some roads with other users, unless an area is clearly signed as a place where skating is not allowed.
Skating on Roads
The rules prohibit skating on roads:
- With a dividing line or median strip or on one-way roads with more than one marked lane; or
- With a speed limit higher than 50 kilometres per hour; or
- Between sunset and sunrise (darkness).
Kids under 12
A skater under 12 years of age must not skate on a roadway under any circumstances.
Skating & Cycling on Footpaths
Skaters and cyclists can share footpaths, however in areas where skating and footpath cycling are allowed, skaters and cyclists must:
- Keep left; and
- Give way to pedestrians; and
- Ride with due care and attention and reasonable consideration to other users.
What is a "no go zone"?
Local Councils have the power to declare No Go Zones where skateboards and bikes are not allowed. No Go Zones will are marked with a sign and may also have pavement markings.
The Department of State Growth was consulted with Local Councils, to establish guidelines for the determination of areas where these activities may be prohibited.
No Go Zones may include areas where:
- there is a high level of pedestrian activity (such as malls or outside shopping centres) or
- the nature of the footpath or area makes it unsafe for skating (narrow footpaths, etc)
For details about which areas in your municipality may be marked as No Go Zones, please contact your local Council.
How are the rules enforced?
Police Officers responsible for enforcement. A skater or cyclist who contravenes one of the rules may:
- receive an on-the-spot fine or
- may be summonsed to Court.
If a skater refuses to obey any of the regulations, including skating in a signposted No Go Zone, Police also have the power to temporarily confiscate skateboards and other wheeled recreational devices and toys for a period of seven (7) days.
The law requires police to keep the device for seven days, following which it can be reclaimed by the person if he/she is an adult, or, in the case of a child or young person, the persons parent or guardian, or another adult who is entitled to take possession of it.
Returning the item requires the involvement of a responsible adult in the process, ensuring the rights of a child or young person are catered for. The process also provides for the return of a skateboard or device to the owner when it has been used inappropriately by someone else, for example when it has been lent to a friend.
Skaters Code of Conduct
To help ensure that skaters are aware of their responsibilities under the rules, and the need to be considerate of the needs of other footpath users, a Skaters Code of Conduct was developed.