Brisbane’s pathway network continues to grow year after year. It’s important to remember that although these pathways are separated from cars, care is still needed to ensure that all users can enjoy them safely. Here are some tips to help make sharing Brisbane’s pathway network a safe and enjoyable experience.
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Signalling your intentions to turn or stop allows other pathway users to know what you are doing and respond accordingly. Try not to surprise other pathway users by:
It’s important to leave plenty of room when overtaking. Some pathway users may have earphones in or be distracted by devices such as mobile phones.
Ride at a speed that is appropriate to the conditions. When the pathway is wet you should slow down, brake early and avoid leaning into corners.
One of the great attractions of riding a bike along pathways is being able to relax, enjoy the ride and take in your surroundings. However, pathways often run through parks and other busy activity areas. Be aware that other people in these locations may be distracted or involved in other activities. They may not be moving in the direction that the pathway runs. Travel at a speed that will allow you to stop or avoid collisions.
Unless there are signs or pavement markings stating otherwise, you are allowed to ride on the footpath. However, footpaths are intended primarily for use by pedestrians and you must keep left and give way to them. You must also ride to the left of any cyclists coming towards you. Footpaths may also be used for a number of other activities including café dining and bus stops. In busy areas you may need to slow down or even dismount and walk your bike.
Acknowledging other people on the path will let them know you have seen them and help you confirm that you have been seen. Making eye contact or using other body language, such a nodding or waving, can help prevent conflict and strength the sense of community.
Sounding your bell is a great way to make other pathway users aware of your approach. However, loud and constant ringing of bells or harsh shouting when approaching, can alarm them and result in a sudden change of direction.
Young children and dogs can be very unpredictable even when closely supervised. Enjoy your ride, but stay alert for the unexpected.
Before cycling, check the temporary bikeway and shared pathway closures that may affect your bike ride.
If you see a hazard during your ride, report it to Council by calling Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888. Providing as much detail about the type of hazard and where it is located will assist Council officers respond as quickly as possible.