Road Safety

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users, but they are more vulnerable when cycling in traffic.

Photo of a road bike travelling along a road

Research has shown that it is experienced cyclists who have more serious accidents than novice cyclists as they tend to ride faster, take more risks in traffic and are less likely to follow the road rules. Whether you are a confident cyclist or more timid rider, remember that safety messages and tips apply to all road users.

What you can do

  • Obey the road rules.
  • Stick to bike lanes or on the left side of the road.
  • Cycle predictably and indicate your intentions clearly using hand signals.
  • Wear bright coloured clothing.
  • Use bike lights, particularly at dusk and dawn.
  • Make eye contact with other road users.
  • Watch parked cars from behind and look for opening doors.

Free cycle safety sessions

BikeSA offers bike safety information sessions at the North Terrace campus.

Learn the facts on the types and locations of South Australia's most frequent crashes and the most effective strategies for avoiding them. Whether you are new to the bike or a confident rider, this is a session for cyclists of all levels of experience.

Visit the Ecoversity events page for the next ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ presentation.