Cyclists are road users and have similar rights and responsibilities as drivers of other types of vehicles. However, cyclists are vulnerable road users, so a number of treatments are in place to make cyclists as safe as possible in the road environment.
As road users cyclists are required to share the road safely with cars, buses trucks and motor bikes. Bicycle lanes, off road paths and safe road crossings are provided to help create a safer environment for cyclists.
Adelaide’s principal bicycle network, known as Bikedirect, provides options for cyclists of various needs and abilities. Bikedirect consists of arterial roads, roads with bicycle lanes, quiet local streets and off road shared use paths.
Bicycle lanes help cyclists and motorists to share the road. They are marked with continuous painted lines, bicycle symbols, and bicycle lane signs. Some bicycle lanes operate during specific times such as peak hours and these times are indicated on the sign. Drivers must not drive, park or stop in bicycle lanes when it is in operation.
Off road paths provide a space for cyclists separated from motor vehicle traffic. The majority of these are shared use paths that are specifically signed. Cyclists and pedestrians should watch out for each other and be considerate when using paths.
Median refuges and cyclist lanterns assist cyclists to cross the road safely.
At signalised crossings cyclists can be detected through cyclists push buttons and sensors in the road surface.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is responsible for all traffic and signal management and provides a 24-hour service for reporting traffic signal faults. If you notice a fault, free call 1800 018 313 and quote the Traffic Signal (TS) number shown on the signal controller box located at the intersection.
Get your walking shoes on this Friday, 19 May 2017, for National Walk Safely to School Day.
To demonstrate the safety benefits of newer cars, ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) crash tested a 2015 Toyota Corolla with a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The test found that the driver of the older Corolla would likely have died as a result of the 64km/h collision, whereas the driver of the newer Corolla — which has a five-star safety rating — would have sustained minor injuries.
Safety will soon be improved at the Angle Vale Road intersection with Curtis Road and McGee Road at Penfield Gardens.
A total of 52 kilometres of audio tactile linemarking will be installed on various roads in the northern area of South Australia with works commencing Wednesday, 5 April 2017.