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A shared device is not to be left in a public place in a way that causes an obstruction or safety risk.
A shared device causes an obstruction or safety risk:
(a) if the shared device is left in a way that causes an obstruction to traffic (whether vehicular or pedestrian), or that is likely to be a danger to road users or the public, including because it blocks access to a footpath, fire exit, lift, access ramp or stairs, or (b) in any other circumstances prescribed by the regulations.
Shared bicycle numbers when commencing and ceasing operations. It is particularly important that, wherever possible, impounding authorities and the operators of shared bicycle services collaborate and agree on how many shared bicycles will be released and a schedule for roll out. This helps all parties to prepare for and resource their functions, minimising the risk of unnecessary community concerns. In considering an appropriate number of bicycles:
• operators should bear in mind the long term interests of all parties in balancing transport, environment, health and other related goals as well as safe access to public spaces; and
• impounding authorities should bear in mind the commercial objectives of the service and the importance of promoting competition to an existing market, where relevant.
Connection to Other Government Goals:
The NSW Government welcomes any initiative that makes walking and cycling, or active transport, more appealing and accessible. The role of bicycle sharing services as a ‘first mile/last mile’ solution to connect people with our public transport network will be supported by new rules to better manage safety risks and amenity issues in the community.
Safe Infrastructure Requirements:
Councils and other impounding authorities are encouraged to work with operators, the NSW Government and, where appropriate, with each other to plan and fund cycling infrastructure. This may include developing strategies that identify priority projects as well as funding and resources for things like bicycle paths, signage and other infrastructure designating preferred parking and parking exclusion areas for shared bicycles. Councils should link the development of their policies to their Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) consultation and planning processes, where possible. Councils and other land managers in their area are encouraged to work together on developing consistent approaches to signage and parking area design.
All members of the public should be able to benefit from the services and be protected over commercial interests. People with disabilities, such as vision impairment, should not be negatively affected.
Operators should be encouraged to educate users of shared bicycles so they are aware of the need to comply with the Road Rules 2014 and other requirements that apply to bicycle users.
Data Specification Requirements:
GPS Required? Yes
Impounding authorities and operators are encouraged to negotiate the sharing of certain de-identified trip data, ideally on a quarterly basis, in order to contribute to future transport planning and infrastructure development, such as the location of preferred parking areas. The type of data shared should include the location of the start and finish of each trip and the time and date. Appropriate measures should be taken to maintain confidentiality and data security.