Content provided with permission of the State of South Australia, Dept of Travel, Transport and Motoring 2016.
Cyclist road rules and safety
Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users. Both cyclists and motorists need to consider each other and share the road safely.
Cyclists must obey all road rules including stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, riding on the left side of the road and giving way to pedestrians on crossings and at intersections.
The Cycling and the Law booklet provides details about cyclists’ legal rights and obligations in South Australia.
From 25 October 2015,
- Ride two abreast
- Ride on footpaths
- Give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist where the speed limit is 60 km/h
- Give a minimun of 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60 km/h.
Safety tips for SA cyclists
- 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.