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Shared path guidelines

Be courteous, keep to the left, slow down

The City’s public shared-use paths are for people of all abilities and levels of experience. In high use areas at peak times, shared paths can be extremely busy.

For pedestrians, cyclists, and users of wheeled recreation devices (such as skateboards, foot scooters and similar) and personal mobility devices (such as e-scooters, e-skateboards and tricycles) the following applies:

Thank you for travelling slowly and cautiously.

Frequently asked questions

What is a shared path and who can use it?

All footpaths on the Gold Coast are considered shared paths unless they are signed otherwise.

The City’s public shared paths are for pedestrians, cyclists, wheeled recreation devices (such as skateboards, foot scooters and similar) and personal mobility devices (such as e-scooters, e-skateboards and tricycles).

Shared paths are for people of all abilities and levels of experience.

Why do cyclists and skateboarders need to slow down?

The City has received complaints that cyclists and e-skateboarders have been travelling too fast and putting pedestrians’ safety at risk on shared paths.

Cyclists, e-skateboarders and all wheeled devices are urged to slow down and travel carefully and respectfully on the paths to ensure everyone is safe.

Please travel at a speed that allows you to stop safely to avoid a collision.

Do cyclists need to wear a helmet when riding on paths?

Yes.

Do cyclists and wheeled devices need to give way to pedestrians?

Yes. Cyclists and all wheeled devices must always give way and go around pedestrians. Cyclists should always sound their bell when near pedestrians to let them know they are close by.

What do pedestrians need to do on a shared path?

While pedestrians have right of way, you must keep to the left and be careful not to stand still and block the path. Please be aware that you are sharing the path with cyclists and other wheeled devices so be aware and cautious.

For optimal safety, refrain from using mobile devices and headphones and if exercising at night wear light or coloured clothing with reflective materials.

How can skateboarders, skaters and scooter riders stay safe?

  • Keep to the left of the path
  • give way to pedestrians
  • give way to bicycles on a bicycle path
  • do not use mobile devices and headphones and if exercising at night, wear light or coloured clothing with reflective materials.

How can cyclists, including e-bike riders stay safe?

  • Keep left and give way to all pedestrians
  • always ride to the left of bicycle riders coming toward you
  • wear a helmet
  • do not use mobile devices and headphones and if exercising at night wear light or coloured clothing with reflective materials.

How can rideables (e-scooter, e-skateboards and segways) be used safely?

  • Keep left and give way to pedestrians
  • travel at a speed that allows you to stop safely to avoid colliding with a pedestrian
  • travel at a safe distance from a pedestrian so you can avoid a collision
  • keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices
  • only use the bicycle side of a shared path
  • do not use mobile devices and headphones and if exercising at night wear light or coloured clothing with reflective materials.

Are dogs allowed on shared paths?

Yes, dogs are allowed on shared paths if they are on a leash.

What can I do to stay safe when using shared paths at night?

For optimal safety:

  • do not use mobile devices and headphones whist exercising
  • carry a mobile for lighting and in case of emergency
  • wear light or coloured clothing with reflective materials
  • if riding a bicycle, make sure it has lights.

What are common penalties for cyclists?

Bicycle riders who break the road rules will be given the same police fines as motorists, but will not accumulate demerit points.

Common offences specific to cyclists include:

  • using a mobile phone
  • carrying more passengers than a bicycle is designed for
  • failing to give way to pedestrians on a footpath or shared path
  • failing to display a light at night or in hazardous weather conditions
  • failing to wear an approved helmet.

There are safety issues on my local path, who do I contact?

Any unauthorised behaviour should be reported to local police.

For any other concerns regarding shared paths, please contact the City at mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or 1300 465 326.

More information

More guidelines for wheeled devices on paths in Queensland can be viewed at the Queensland Government's web pages for road rules - Bicycles, skateboards, foot scooters and similar and non-compliant vehicles and devices.

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