A three-year-old boy was hit by a teenager on a ‘fat bike’. His mum says he’s lucky to be alive


Police are investigating, and asked anyone with dashcam footage to contact them.

In NSW, bikes with throttles can be used in public if the throttles cut out at 6km/h. The rules don’t apply in private spaces. But they can reach speeds of up to 50km/h without the rider pedalling.

NSW e-bike rules

  • Power-assisted bikes with motors must have a power cap of 200 watts, cannot be propelled solely by motor, must weigh less than 50 kilograms, and have a height adjustable seat. 
  • Electric power-assisted bikes can have power up to 500 watts, which must reduce when the speed reaches beyond 6km/h, and cut off when speeds reach 25km/h. 
  • Petrol-powered bikes are illegal.
  • E-bikes are legal for use on shared paths and roads, and on footpaths for those under 16 and adults accompanying them. 
  • There are no age restrictions on riding e-bikes.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said: “E-bikes that can travel at high speeds, propelled by a motor without the rider having to pedal, are not compliant e-bikes and cannot be used on NSW roads or paths.

“NSW Police are responsible for the enforcement of road transport offences for non-compliant e-bikes, and have the power to seize any unregistered vehicle, including an illegal, high-powered e-bike.”

Leanne Farmer, an independent councillor at Sutherland Shire Council, said she had seen numerous reports of people riding fat bikes through the local shopping strip, the Cronulla Mall.

“The businesses down in the mall are very upset because their customers are nearly being wiped out,” she said. “I was nearly wiped out in the mall myself. I went to police, but they’re still trying to find the guy.”

Having spent much of the year campaigning against the bikes, including by moving a motion at the council for police to enforce e-bike laws on the streets of Cronulla, Farmer is quick to add that she is not against regular e-bikes.

“I don’t want this to impact on children having the freedom to ride normal legal e-bikes. That’s fantastic. We want them to have that.”

But, she warned, if action was not taken, “The next thing that’ll happen is we’ll have someone killed.”

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