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Using shared paths

Shared paths are designated by a shared path sign and are covered under the road rules.

Shared paths are multi-user paths for people of all ages and paces including pedestrians, joggers, children on scooters or roller-skates, families with prams and dog walkers. They are also used by recreational cyclists, commuting riders, as well as families visiting parks.
When using our shared paths, be considerate of other path users. Follow this etiquette to ensure our shared paths are safe and enjoyable for everyone to use.

For cyclists 

  • Cyclists must give way to pedestrians. Pedestrians include people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and wheeled recreational devices.
  • Ride at an appropriate speed - stay at running pace or below.
  • Keep to the left unless overtaking.
  • Move off the path when stopped.

For walkers 

  • Keep to the left.
  • Listen out for other path users.
  • Move to the left when you hear a cyclist's bell or hear a cyclist calling out 'passing'.
  • Monitor children and control your dog.
  • Avoid blocking paths, move off the path when stopped.
  • Be mindful of other users when walking in a group.
  • Check for cyclists when crossing the path.

The code of conduct

There is a code of conduct for bike riders, motorists and pedestrians who use and share roads and paths within Victoria.  The code provides information about rules and safe behaviours when interacting with bicycle riders or when you are riding.

The guide highlights a number of key elements, including:

  • be alert
  • be predictable
  • be courteous
  • be visible.

 Sharing roads and paths code of conduct (PDF, 856.23KB)