- Bike riders are required to wear a securely and correctly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.
- Helmets should have a sticker showing the Australian Standard AS 2063, AS/NZS 2063.
- A bicycle must have a bell, horn or similar warning device and at least one effective brake.
- When riding at night or in poor light, stay visible with front and rear lights and a rear red reflector.
- Children can ride on footpaths up to the age of 12 as can the adult riding with them.
- Help your children cross roads safely by walking bikes across roads and using pedestrian crossings.
- When riding, children should be facing forward and have both hands on the handlebars.
- Give way to pedestrians when bicycle riding.
- It’s important to remember that bike riders need to follow all the same road rules as motorists.
- Teach children to cycle safely from an early age such as making a shoulder check behind them before they signal and turn.
- Remember to be clearly visible to motorists by wearing bright clothes.
- Ride on bike paths - children are safer away from the road environment.
- Watch out for cars going in and out of driveways when riding on footpaths.
- Replace helmets that have been involved in an accident or dropped from a height, even if there is no visible damage.
- Maintain and check bikes on a regular basis.
Bicycle safety checklist
Getting the right bike: stand your child over the bicycle with both feet on the ground. For medium or lightweight bikes there should be at least 2cm between the crotch and the crossbar (or where crossbar would be). For BMX and mountain bikes, there should be at least 5cm between the crotch and crossbar.
Seat: Adjusted to correctly height and comfortable.
Brakes: Brake blocks should be fitted correctly and not worn down.
Chain: Oil frequently and check that the chain is not too loose.
Tyres: Look for bald spots, bulges and cuts. Tyres should not 'squash' when squeezed.
Pedals: Check that they spin freely.
Bell or horn: Should be loud enough for others to hear.
Reflectors and lights: Should be secure, properly aligned, clean and working.
Transporting children’s bikes
For more information about transporting a bike on your car, see the section bicycle carriers.