Stay safe on your bike

18 January 2021

The big inflatable bike is standing tall over Victoria Square – marking the start of the 2021 Santos Festival of Cycling and reinforcing the Government of South Australia’s commitment, through the THINK! Road Safety initiative, to supporting cycling safety.

As the Santos Festival of Cycling pushes off for 2021, we remind all road users 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.

For cyclists:

Whether you are a 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.

Your chance to win!

For those attending the Trek Stage 4 in Victoria Park on Sunday 24 January, remember to visit us at our THINK! Road Safety stand!

We will be there with freebies, a game and a chance to win one of two signed Stage 3 Winner’s Jerseys! To enter, just put your cycling safety knowledge to the test with our Be Safe Be Seen cycling safety game and leave your details.

Terms and conditions apply.

THINK! Road Safety is a South Australian Government initiative aimed at encouraging cyclists and all other road users to think about their behaviour and actions on the road. Every time you push off on your bike or get behind the wheel, THINK! Road Safety and help end the road tragedy heartache.