Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cycling Shared Path Law Road Rule 250 Rule of Law Due Process Equal Application of the Law Rule of Law IS One Size Fits All Respect of One Person for Another

Road Rule 250. Riding on a footpath or shared path

(1) The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath.

(2) Subrule (1) does not apply to a rider in the circumstances specified by the

Corporation by notice published in the Government Gazette.

Note Footpath is defined in the dictionary.

(3) The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must—

(a) keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable
to do so; and

(b) give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.

Note 1 Pedestrian is defined in rule 18, and shared path is defined in rule 242.

Note 2 For subrule (2), 

give way means the rider must slow down and, 

if necessary, stop to avoid a collision

—see the definition in the dictionary.

Former Victorian Roads Minister Tim Pallas told the Victorian Parliament

"while the risk of a serious injury or fatality is low...the consequences of a collision 

involving a cyclist (and pedestrian) may be severe"

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