What the law says
A pedestrian includes "a person in or on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy". This includes rollerblades, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device;
- Foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades may be ridden on footpaths unless there are signs that specifically prohibit them. However, riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians.
- Powered foot scooters cannot be registered and therefore can only be used on private land.
- On separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders must use the section designated for bicycles, but must keep out of the path of any bicycle.
- Foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades can be used on the road only during daylight hours. They cannot be used on roads with a dividing line or median strip or a speed limit greater than 50km an hour, or a one-way road with more than one marked lane.
- On the footpath, riders of foot scooters, skateboards or rollerblades should ensure their riding does not threaten pedestrians, especially the elderly. They may need to slow down or dismount in busy areas.
- In the interests of safety and enjoyment, foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are best ridden in recreational areas designated for their use.
- Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear a helmet and protective gear such as knee pads and elbow pads.
- The use of foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades on the road is not recommended for school-aged children or younger.