Pre­pare be­fore ped­alling

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Gr ant Winslow

With the wet sea­son dry­ing up, the num­ber of peo­ple cy­cling around Broome is steadily in­creas­ing.

Broome po­lice would like to re­mind the com­mu­nity that the use of a bi­cy­cle is leg­is­lated with cer­tain re­quire­ments and laws which must be obeyed to en­sure the safety of all road users.

There are stan­dard re­quire­ments that need to be met be­fore a bi­cy­cle can be con­sid­ered le­gal for use on roads and shared paths.

These re­quire­ments in­clude:

A bell (or other ef­fec­tive warn­ing de­vice) that func­tions cor­rectly.

An ef­fec­tive rear wheel brake.

A red re­flec­tor fit­ted to the rear.

A yel­low side re­flec­tor on each wheel.

Yel­low re­flec­tors fit­ted to both side edges of each pedal.

When rid­ing in dark con­di­tions, a bi­cy­cle must also have:

A front white light that is clearly vis­i­ble from 200m.

A red rear light clearly vis­i­ble from 200m.

When us­ing a pub­lic road, all bi­cy­cle rid­ers must obey the same rules as other ve­hi­cles.

The most com­mon rules in­clude those ap­ply­ing to stop signs, care­less and reck­less rid­ing, use of mo­bile phone and rid­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Bi­cy­cle rid­ers trav­el­ling on WA roads and paths must wear an ap­proved hel­met with the re­ten­tion straps fas­tened at all times.

In ad­di­tion, cy­clists must have at least one hand on the han­dle­bar while in mo­tion and must give way to pedes­tri­ans at all times.

Im­por­tantly, all-age cy­cling on foot­paths is now le­gal in WA, although the same rules and reg­u­la­tions ap­ply.

These laws are en­force­able and fail­ure to abide may re­sult in an in­fringe­ment notice be­ing is­sued by WA Po­lice.

To re­port dan­ger­ous or threat­en­ing be­hav­iour, con­tact Broome po­lice on 131 444.

To re­port a stolen or dam­aged bi­cy­cle, visit the WA Po­lice on­line ser­vices web­site.

To down­load a fact sheet on cy­cling in WA, visit the Depart­ment of Trans­port web­site.

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