Prepare before pedalling
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.