Cycling and Shared Paths – Western Australian Road Traffic Code 2000

 

Road Traffic Code WA.pdf

The shared path fact sheet (broken link removed) reminds me of the only path rage I’ve received this year, a couple of geriatric blokes at 5:30am dark of winter two abreast taking up whole ‘old narrower’ shared path, the larger one in oncoming direction moved left before I had to brake any more suddenly than the car park intersection behind them I was already slowing for.
“Slow down you wanker!” he shouted as I roll past.
Since I already had slowed down and was near stopped for the intersection, I decided to turn around to point out it’s a shared path and he should put less effort in his quick potty mouth and more effort into looking where he is going and keeping left on the path.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/wa/consol_reg/rtc2000113/s216.html

Pedestrians have vulnerable strict liability in effect, despite a provision for them to not be reckless with impunity, this excerpt from the Road Traffic Code.pdf file attached when this blog post was made:

Road Traffic Code 2000 Pedestrians Part 14 General Division 1 r. 201
201. Pedestrians not to cause obstruction
(1) A person shall not unreasonably obstruct or prevent the free passage of any other pedestrian or a vehicle upon a path or carriageway.
Modified penalty: 2 PU.

The cyclist’s responsibility to the pedestrian:

Road Traffic Code 2000 Part 15 Additional provisions for bicycle riders
216. Shared paths and separated footpaths
(2) The rider of a bicycle who is on a separated footpath or a shared path shall give way to a pedestrian who is on, or is crossing, the separated footpath or shared path.
Modified penalty: 1 PU

ROAD TRAFFIC CODE 2000 – REG 216

216 . Shared paths and separated footpaths

(1) The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years of age or older shall not ride on a footpath, that is not a shared path or a separated footpath.

Modified penalty: 1 PU

(2) The rider of a bicycle who is on a separated footpath or a shared path shall give way to a pedestrian who is on, or is crossing, the separated footpath or shared path.

Modified penalty: 1 PU

(3) The rider of a bicycle riding on a separated footpath or shared path shall keep to the left of the separated footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable to do so.

Modified penalty: 1 PU

(4) A person shall not ride a bicycle on a separated footpath or a shared path so that the bicycle is travelling abreast of any other bicycle on the path.

Modified penalty: 1 PU

(5) Subregulation (4) does not prevent a cyclist from overtaking or passing other persons riding bicycles on the path.

(6) For the purposes of this regulation, a bicycle is abreast of another bicycle if any part of it is by the side of any part of the other.

[Regulation 216 amended in Gazette
1 Dec 2000 p. 6754.]

Road Traffic Code WA.pdf

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