What data does the Government have about the number of bike riders under:
12 years of age;
Between 12 and 15 years of age?
What data does the Government have about the number of accidents involving
bike riders under:
15 years of age;
Under 12 years of age?
What proportion of bike riders killed or injured are children?
Is it true that 10 to 15 year old bike riders are more at risk than other
What is the rationale for the NSW Road Rule 250 1 providing that children
under 12 may ride on footpaths?
Is it true that other States and Territories do not use these age
What assessment has the Government carried out into the developmental
capacities of adolescents in order to determine the age from which riders
should no longer use footpaths?
What liaison has the Government carried out with other States and
Territories and the Commonwealth about common National Road Rules allowing for
children under 15 to ride on footpaths?
What plans does the Government have to increase the age at which bike riders
are no longer allowed to ride on footpaths to 15?
(1) The 2012 Sydney Cycling Survey is available on the Bureau of Transport
(2) and (3) Crash and casualty statistics are available on the Centre for
Road Safety website.
(4) There is no evidence to suggest that 10-15 year old children are more at
risk than other age groups.
(5) to (9) The NSW Road Rules 2014 are based on the national model law of
the Australian Road Rules. These rules are developed by representatives of each
State and Territory on the Australian Road Rules Maintenance Advisory Group and
administered by the National Transport Commission.
I recently asked the Centre for Road Safety to look into the age of riding a
bicycle on the footpath.
In reviewing policy proposals, our experts at the Centre for Road Safety
will consider stages of cognitive and physical development in children, as well
as the safety of bicycle riders and pedestrians.