The Road Traffic Act defines bicycles as vehicles and cyclists therefore have a legitimate right to use our roads. Cyclists, just like motor vehicle drivers, have a responsibility to obey the Road Rules.
For the 5 year period 2008-2012, an average of 543 cyclists were reported to SA police each year as being injured or killed. Of these:
Cyclists are vulnerable road users and it is important that both cyclists and motorists consider each other and share the road safely.
To share the road safely with cyclists drivers should:
To share the road safely with drivers, cyclists should:
If you are riding on the road with a bicycle lane travelling in the same direction, you must ride in the bicycle lane, when it is in operation (as indicated by the signs) unless it is impractical to do so (eg glass in the bicycle lane).
Yes you are allowed to ride two abreast on the road. The exception to this is where a bicycle lane exists and is in operation and there is insufficient room for two riders to ride abreast inside the lane, In this case you must ride single file. Also whilst it is legal to ride two abreast it is important to consider other road users and not hog the road.
Motor vehicles are only permitted in bicycle lanes when:
You must give a hand signal when preparing to turn right, diverge right or when changing lanes to the right. It is also considerate to use hand signals when making left turns or stopping; this lets other road users know what you are doing.
You may overtake both moving and stationary vehicle on the left except when the vehicle is turning left and giving a left change of direction signal.
You may only ride your bicycle on the footpath if:
To find out more on what the law says in relation to cyclists responsibilities and motor vehicle responsibilities towards cyclists when on our roads see Cycling and the law. (PDF)
When riding a bicycle you can be charged with a traffic offence in the same way as a motor vehicle driver. This includes incurring demerit points against your drivers licence. You incur demerit points even if you dont hold a drivers licence (which can prohibit you from obtaining one).
Cycling and the Law (PDF)
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