Working to reduce bike related deaths and serious injuries
Sharing Roads and Paths
Sharing Roads and Paths provides you with information about rules and safe behaviours when interacting with bicycle riders or when you are riding.
Bicycle riders, drivers, motor bike riders and pedestrians are all legitimate users of the road system.
The Sharing Roads and Paths guide was officially launched on Wednesday 17th July 2013.
You can download a copy of Sharing Roads and Paths here, or you can send a self-addressed DL envelope to the Amy Gillett Foundation and we'll send you a copy of the guide.
Amy Gillett Foundation, Sharing Roads and Paths
Ground Floor, Suite 2, 616 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
A guide for all Victorians, Sharing Roads and Paths highlights six key elements, some of which include:
- know and obey the road rules
- know your responsibilities
- obey road signs and signals
- bicycles are considered vehicles and are permitted on the road, unless signed, even if there is a nearby off-road path
- be aware and anticipate the next moves of all road users, especially children and older people
- make eye contact with road users, especially at intersections
- use audio devices at low volume to allow you to hear what is going on around you
- green bike lanes highlight high-risk areas
- look out for pedestrians crossing the road
- be clear about your intentions
- when changing direction, indicate with sufficient notice to other road users
- be considerate and patient on all roads and paths
- acknowledge good behaviour
- don’t respond to road rage or harassment
Bicycle riders include anyone riding a bicycle
Pedestrians include people on foot, wheeled devices such as skateboards, rollerblades, wheelchairs and motorised mobility devices
Drivers include people operating a car, bus or truck