A change in cycling laws will allow children to feel safer on their bikes and encourage physical exercise by cycling to school.
Children under 16 years of age and adult riders who are supervising them will be able to ride on the footpath.
Cyclists on the footpath must wear a helmet, keep left and give way to pedestrians.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the new cycling measures would help to keep young people safe.
“Children are some of our most vulnerable road users and as a government, we are always looking at new initiatives to protect our young people and support them to be safe on and near the road,” Mrs Pavey said.
For more information on bicycle road rules, visit the Centre for Road Safety website.