While we’re all for having a bit of fun, there’s still some important stuff you need to know if you’re using skateboards, non-motorised scooters and roller blades  - like sharing the road, and when and where you can ride.

On pathways

As a small wheeler, you’re allowed to use footpaths and shared paths, as long as you keep left and give way to pedestrians.

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On roads

Small wheels can use the roads:

  • During daylight.
  • On local roads that don’t have white lines or median islands.
  • On roads which have speed limits of 50 km/h or less.
  • As long as you always keep left.

What about hoverboards?

Hoverboards have motors, so technically they’re motor vehicles. But they can’t be registered - so they’re illegal to ride on the road.

And they’re too fast and don’t have the right safety stuff like brakes and lights – so you can’t ride them on paths either.

So, best to keep your hoverboards at home.

We also recommend you get mum or dad to check the latest Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warnings before they buy you a hoverboard, as there have been cases of them catching fire.

When sharing the road, remember:
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  • Be seen – don’t assume other drivers or riders can see you.
  • Scan and plan – scan regularly without focusing on any one spot for too long.
  • Keep your distance – the best protection you can have is space between yourself and others.

Before you go anywhere near the path or road with your new scooter or skateboard, getting some practice in parks and designated areas is a good idea.

Ready to get suited up? Check out our safety tips for small wheel ride gear.