Blitz on petrol powered bicycles following ban
PETROL powered bicycles are no longer a legal mode of transport in New South Wales.
A month since bicycles with combustible engines were banned and police on the North Coast say they are defecting the bicycles and issuing fines to the riders.
From October, all bicycles fitted with internal combustion engines were banned from roads, footpaths, share pathways and cycleways.
Police say petrol-powered bikes are unsafe and put their riders and other road users at risk.In 2013, at least three people died riding a petrol-powered bicycle, including a 14-year-old boy in Western Sydney.
Petrol-powered bicycles are faster than regular bicycles and can often travel continually at more than 40 km/h.
This is much faster than elite cyclists and comparable with the speeds of mopeds and small motorcycles.
Police say a problem with petrol-powered bicycles is that while they can travel at faster speeds, their brakes are only designed for a standard bicycle and they can take considerably longer to stop increasing the risk of a serious crash.