Using e-bikes and e-scooters on NSW roads, shared paths, and footpaths

E-bikes and e-scooters have soared in popularity, but before you head out make sure you know the relevant road rules to keep you, and those around you safe.


E-bikes are subject to the same road rules as bicycles. To be considered a bicycle it cannot be propelled exclusively by a motor. In Australia e-bikes must not assist pedalling past the speed of 25km/h.

Before buying an e-bike ask the retailer for evidence the e-bike is legal to be ridden on public roads and that it comes with the compliance sticker that ensures the bike is legal and that it meets Australian quality standards.

What are the rules for riding E-bikes?

You can find out more about E-bikes at Transport for NSW


Personal e-scooters cannot legally be ridden on public roads and paths in NSW, only on private property.

There are some e-scooter trials taking place across NSW in locations that have been approved by Transport for NSW.

Road Rules

  • Bicycle riders must keep to the left on footpaths and give way to pedestrians.
  • Only children under 16 years of age of age can ride on the footpath, and they can be accompanied by adults.
  • Bicycles are not allowed in pedestrian malls such as Cronulla Mall (there is no riding of ANY recreational vehicles in Cronulla Mall - all riders need to dismount).
  • All bicycle riders must have a bell on their bike to warn others of their approach and wear a helmet.

Road Safety

Road safety is a shared responsibility. Council and police follow up where, and as appropriate with unsafe and illegal behaviour.

As individuals, we cannot change the behaviour of others. It is important whether riding, driving, or walking that we are all responsible for our own safety and the safety of others.

Courteous ways to use a shared path

Have a pleasant and fun experience by looking out for each other and following a few simple steps:

  • Be the best version of you
  • Always keep to your left
  • Keep your wits about you
  • Don’t be distracted by your phone
  • Keep your animals on a short lead
  • Provide space for others when passing them
  • Look where you’re going and keep an easy pace
  • People riding bikes should ride slowly and use their bell or voice to give pedestrians plenty of warning that they are approaching
  • Hold your child’s hand
  • If you need to stop, move off the path to the left
  • Be visible in the dark! Use lights, reflectors, and wear reflective clothing

E-bike and e-scooter fire risk

E-bikes and e-scooters commonly contain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries pose a number of risks including explosion and fire, particularly when used in products that are not manufactured to meet the relevant Australian standards.

To reduce the risk of incidents caused by e-bike and e-scooter batteries we suggest following Fire and Rescue NSW’s list of recommendations.

E-bike safety poster Charge Safe Fact Sheet

Further information

You can find out more about E-bikes at Transport for NSW