There may be a few skateboarders in the region unaware of the road rules around skateboards. Two have been spotted in recent weeks on the Clyde. The law
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 signs specifically prohibit them, however, riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians.
Powered foot scooters and skateboards cannot be registered and 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 only be used on the road during daylight hours
They cannot be used on roads with a dividing line or median strip or a speed limit greater than 50km/h, or a one-way road with more than one marked lane
Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear helmets and protective gear such as knee and elbow pads
The use of foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades on the road is not recommended for school-aged or younger children In NSW, Rule 240 Road Rules 2014 (NSW) outlines the law on using wheeled recreational devices and toys on certain roads.
There is a maximum penalty of $2,200 fine that a court can impose in NSW if you travel in or on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy in either one of the following circumstances:
On a road with a dividing line or median strip, or
On a road on which the speed limit is greater than 50 kilometres per hour, or
On a one-way road with more than 1 marked lane.
VIDEO: This classic video of a decent of the Clyde recorded in 2016 is a good example of a skateboarder breaking the rule of using the skateboard on a road with a dividing line. Speed unknown.