Stay safe on your bike

Keeping cyclists safe on the roads is a joint effort between those on the bike and those behind the wheel.

In January, the big inflatable bike stands tall over Victoria Square – marking the start of the Santos Tour Down Under and reinforcing the Government of South Australia’s commitment, through the THINK! Road Safety initiative, to supporting cycling safety.

All road users are reminded that keeping cyclists safe on the roads is a joint effort between those on the bike and those behind the wheel. Follow these tips to keep everyone safe on the road.

Take the THINK! Road Safety quiz to test your road safety knowledge. 

For cyclists:

Whether you are a  Santos Tour Down Under and Festival of Cycling fan or avid cyclist year round, there are always things you can do to improve your safety on the road.

All cyclists are reminded to:

  • Obey the road rules
  • Keep to the left and ride at least one metre clear of the kerb and parked cars
  • Look for people opening car doors in front of you
  • Be seen, during the day wear bright coloured clothing, at night wear light-coloured clothing and use a white front light and red rear light
  • Look for other vehicles at intersections - never assume a driver has seen you
  • Ride predictably in a straight line and signal your intention to turn or change lanes
  • Ride two abreast at a maximum, unless you are overtaking
  • That you can ride on footpaths, as long as you sound a warning on approach and give way to pedestrians.

For drivers:

This time of year inspires many regular and occasional cyclists to take to their two wheels.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist where the speed limit is 60 km/h or less or 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60 km/h
  • Scan the road for cyclists
  • Look for cyclists when turning or entering an intersection and give way as you would for any other vehicle
  • Before opening your car door look behind and check blind spots for cyclists
  • Do not drive, stop or park in a bicycle lane. You can, carefully, cross a bicycle lane to turn left, enter private property or park in a parking lane
  • Keep in mind that cyclists can legally ride two abreast - be patient as you approach and overtake only when safe.

For more information, visit the THINK! Road Safety website.


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