Cyclists are vulnerable when travelling on the road so it's important that both cyclists and motorists consider each other and share the road safely.
Cyclists must obey all the road rules, just like motorists. This means obeying stop signs and traffic lights, riding on the left side of the road and giving way to pedestrians on crossings. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other road user.
Safety tips for cyclists
- Obey the road rules including stopping at traffic signals and stop signs and giving way at intersections.
- 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. Wear bright coloured clothing during the day. 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, signal your intention to turn or change lanes.
- Riding two abreast is legal.
Safety tips for drivers
- Scan the road for cyclists.
- When turning or entering an intersection look for cyclists and give way as you would for any other vehicle.
- Before opening your car door look behind and check blind spots for cyclists.
- You must not drive, stop or park in a bicycle lane. You can cross a bicycle lane to turn left, enter private property or park in a parking lane.
- Cyclists can legally ride two abreast. Be patient as you approach and overtake only when safe.
- Give cyclists plenty of room - a minimum of one metre clearance when overtaking.
For more information visit the road safety website or download the Cycling and the Law booklet (PDF 2.3MB).
Cycling safety strategies
Safety in numbers - a cycling strategy for South Australia 2006-2010 is a strategy to increase the safety, convenience and attractiveness of cycling as a priority when actions and decisions are being made in areas such as transport, planning, health, recreation and tourism.
The strategy complements and supports the Australian National Cycling Strategy 2005-2010.
For more information on national cycling planning, policy, programs and projects go to the cycling resource centre. The centre is a repository for data, information and best practice relating to cycling.
On this site
Traffic light tips for cyclists
Cycling safety tips videos
Cycling - Road Safety website
Cycling resource centre
Cycle Instead: A guide for new and rusty riders (PDF 3.45MB)