Bicycle rules, standards and safety
Cycling rules: rules affecting cyclists and motorists in WA
All-age cycling on footpaths is legal in Western Australia. Anyone can cycle on a footpath, but there are some conditions. See the Road Safety Commission website for more details.
Before starting to ride, bicycle riders should be familiar with bicycle standards and equipment, legislation for use of shared paths, roads, intersections and footpaths.
The Department of Transport has summarised and illustrated the most important rules and requirements in the Cycling Rules booklet. This booklet is a guide to the laws that apply to riding a bike in WA. It does not include every legislative rule and requirement that applies to riding a bike, and is not intended to be used as a legal document. Other information is available on the Road Safety Commission website.
A full list of the legislations can be found in the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act 2008 and Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2014.
Bicycle standards and requirements overview
A bicycle is a legal vehicle, with two or more wheels, that is built to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears. Power-assisted pedal cycles (PAPC), pedicabs, penny farthings and tricycles are considered bicycles.
Vehicles not considered bicycles are wheelchairs, wheeled recreational devices like Segways, wheeled toys like scooters, skateboards or skates, or any vehicle with an auxiliary motor capable of generating a power output over 250 watts (whether or not the motor is operating).
There are standard requirements that need to be met before a bicycle can be considered legal for use on roads and shared paths.
For the rules and regulations related to bicycles, please see the Department's Cycling rules booklet or visit the Road Safety Commission cycling web pages.
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|Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII): Road Traffic Code 2000 - Reg 228|
|Road Safety Commission: Cycling|