Did you know that whenever your kids cycle on the footpath they are probably breaking the law? Current NZ law prohibits cycling on the footpath or adjacent berm with two exceptions:
You are only allowed to cycle on the footpath if you are:
- delivering newspapers or mail, or
- you are riding a small wheeled recreational device that has a wheel diameter of less than 355 millimetres (typically tricycles or small children’s bicycles).
A standard mountain bike tyre is 660 mm (26”), with children’s bike tyres ranging 406 mm – 660 mm (16” – 26”).
In contrast, in Australia most states allow children to cycle legally on the footpath. Age limits vary by state.
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Somewhere around the ages 14 – 16 kids are more capable of cycling on the road. Until that age let’s make cycling on the footpath legal!
The Accessible Streets package is open for consultation. That means a range of rule changes are proposed and the NZTA/Government want to hear what you think of them. The proposals include a change to rules to allow bikes to be ridden on the footpath.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April 2020.
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