Teenagers up to the age of 16 will be able to ride their bicycles on footpaths under a NSW Government change to the Road Transport Act
Personally I find it interesting that this is now legal for teenagers, who in my experience are far more likely to ride carelessly around pedestrians than are mature adults.
Not that I want to ride extensively on footpaths, but I will admit that there are several places on my regular commutes where a I ride short distances on footpaths to avoid dangerous sections of road. At the moment I risk multiple hundreds of dollars of fines every day in order to maintain my own safety, and I ride slowly and are extremely respectful of the pedestrian's space when I do so.
Isn't it kind of ironic that it is legal *only* for the highest risk group.
Just wondering if there is some underlying bias here with the old "bicycles are really only for children - and adults should be driving a car or taking the bus" type of mentality (typically espoused by people who are strongly anti cyclist).