XTENSION TO LAWFULLY RIDE ON FOOTPATHS FOR CYCLISTS WITH A DISABILITY
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP today announced that the NSW Government has extended the exemption to allow people with a disability to lawfully ride bicycles on footpaths.
“This move by the NSW Government will ensure that bicycle riders aged 12 or over who have a disability that makes it impracticable or unsafe for them to ride on the road, can ride on a footpath,” Mr George said.
The conditions for this exemption include requiring the cyclist to carry a medical certificate at all times while riding on the footpath; the medical certificate must be issued by a medical practitioner with details of the medical condition.
“The exemption has been in effect since 1 June 2012 and the current order will remain in force for two years from 1 June 2014,” Mr George said.
When riding on the footpath, where practical cyclists should keep to the left and be particularly careful around young children, dogs and older pedestrians as they can often be unpredictable in their movements. Finally, all cyclists must wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding.
For details on the Ministerial Declaration (Footpath Exemption for Cyclists with a Disability) Order 2014 please go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/gazette/index