Only children As a form of active transport, bike riding will increase a bicycle rider’s overall physical and mental health. Getting more people riding, can ease the strain on roads and public transport. Children are being forced to ride on the road at the age of 12.

However, the current laws do not make this easy. With the National average sitting at 15.5% and the ACT with the highest at 46.5%, NSW is falling behind.Disturbingly in the past few weeks, there has been a number of bicycle rider deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads. MICK Jackson was delivering mail when he suddenly copped a hefty fine for a reason that made no sense. Not everybody is comfortable riding on roads and children aged 12 should not be forced to ride there either. Education will also inform pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers and bike riders that footpath riding is ok.Bicycle NSW further encourages the connectivity of the bicycle network across NSW, by advocating for cyclists to ride across pedestrian crossings.Currently, bike riders need to hop off their bike and walk across intersections, unless at a signalised crossing where a bicycle lantern is provided. This is not an environment that encourages bike riding. Offences You can receive an on the spot fine for the following offences on a bicycle: Negligent riding You can The previous law meant that children over the age of 12 were forced to ride on the road, mixing with trucks and traffic. At this age children do not have the cognitive ability to ride on the road and mix with other vehicles safely.

Presently in NSW, footpath riding is illegal for the majority of riders. The letterbox ain’t on the side of the road like they are overseas, so you just don’t have a choice.“Australia Post has been around for a long time and they ride on the footpath.”After issuing the fine, Mr Jackson said the police officer then followed him back to the post office — and gave him a second fine, for the offence “stop on path/in built up area”, because he parked his bike on the footpath in front of the shop.The $330 penalty was mailed to Mr Jackson, an Australia Post casual contractor, around a month after — but Mr Jackson decided to fight it in court.The charges were dropped by Magistrate Peter Feather last Monday, who said the officer who handed down the fine was clearly having “a bad day”.Mr Jackson’s solicitor, Doug Eaton from Effective Legal Solutions, told the But a NSW Police spokeswoman told Mr Jackson had actually been found guilty under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, which allows a court that finds you guilty of an offence to discharge you without recording a conviction.She said the NSW Centre for Road Safety was responsible for setting the road rules, while police officers simply enforced them.The spokeswoman said while the average person was not allowed to ride a motorbike on footpaths, those with formal accreditation and permits — such as mail employees — could, and that the issue in Mr Jackson’s case had been his lack of identification.An Australia Post spokesman confirmed the organisation’s employees and contractors were allowed to ride motorbikes on footpaths while delivering mail.The Centre for Road Safety was also contacted for comment for this article, but a response was not received. When in a difficult and dangerous position on the road, cyclists should have a space where they can be safe – footpaths are the answer. This is fantastic news for children. Bike riding is a great form of exercise and also enables riders to explore their local area or commute to work. This will encourage them to continue to cycle. Picture: FacebookA POSTMAN who was fined $330 for riding his motorbike on the footpath has had the matter dismissed in a “win for common sense”.Mick Jackson was delivering mail shortly before Christmas in December 2017 in Mannering Park on the NSW Central Coast when a police officer issued the fine for the offence of “drive on footpath”.Mr Jackson was riding a clearly marked Australia Post bike and was wearing his hi-vis uniform while transporting a variety of mail — but he copped the fine as neither he nor the post office were able to provide adequate identification.“I just told him straight out: “If I can’t ride on the footpath, I can’t do my job’,” he told the publication.“What choice do you have?