|Dimboola Police will be targeting reckless riding of electric assisted bikes after reports of recent near misses between riders and motorists.
Dimboola Station Commander Sergeant Darren Sadler said that the power assisted bicycles are similar to pedal powered bicycles in the way they perform and so the same road rules apply.
Riders are required to obey the road rules and wear a helmet. Drivers have reported riders failing to give way, among other behaviour, resulting in some close calls.
A large number of the riders are children and police are asking parents and carers to ensure the riders are capable of handling the bikes safely and know to obey the road rules.
“Substantial fines can be issued to offending riders, but more importantly none of us in the community want to see someone seriously or fatally injured on our roads,” Sgt Sadler said.
You can brush up on the rules for power assisted bicycles on the VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/cyclist-safety/power-assisted-bicycles.