Bicycle Network: Behaviour
Share the path
Victoria has hundreds of kilometres of off-road shared paths. Most follow scenic routes along creeks, rivers or the sea. They are popular for all types of riding but are especially suited to children, family groups or the less confident rider.
What many people call bike paths are actually shared paths. Shared paths are multi-user paths used by all types of people. They are designated by a shared path sign (pictured) and are covered under the road rules. Normal footpaths are different again - see our page on footpath cycling.
Cyclists should expect to share the space with people of all ages and paces including those walking, rollerblading, using prams, jogging and tricycling.
There are rules for using shared paths that make them more enjoyable for everyone. The main points of etiquette to observe on shared paths include:
Be considerate of other path users
Keep left unless overtaking (overtake on the right)
Ride at an appropriate speed - keep it at running pace or below (about 20-25km/h maximum)
Wheeled traffic gives way to foot traffic
Ring your bell gently, call 'Passing' and slow when passing others
- Move off the path if stopped.
Bicycle Network Victoria believe that shared paths work in most situations. There are some high volume routes routes where it maybe appropriate to have a separated walking and a separated bike riding path. However in most situations a well designed minimum 3 metre wide shared use path will cater for all users.