How to Ride.

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Passed by a heavily-laden ‘B-Double’ – a frequent encounter on main roads in Port Adelaide!

First!  Many roadways in The Port are used frequently by heavy commercial vehicles! If you do not wish to share the road with cars and commercial vehicles please check out our ‘Routes & Maps’ page for alternative places to ride and get from ‘A to B’!

1.  ‘How to Ride’ – Staying Safe!

Question:  “OK – riding a bike is simple isn’t it? And bikes are safe – why should I worry about ‘staying safe’?”

truck & ZiggyAnswer:  Because there’s more to it than pedalling! Bicycle users are ‘vulnerable road users’. This simply means that, although cycling by itself is a very safe means of transport, we are vulnerable to injury from other road users. It happens rarely, but it does happen! If you feel fine about using on-road bike lanes and cycling in motor traffic we offer a few safety tips:

  • ensure you are visible – bright lights (day and night) & light coloured clothing
  • always place yourself on the road where you can be seen (and stay right away from blind spots around trucks!)
  • stay alert & look around you (get a mirror & use it)
  • ride predictably & according to the rules
  • don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position (wait for traffic to pass or ‘learn how to take the lane’.

Safe bicycle riding in mixed traffic – especially around commercial vehicles and trucks –  definitely requires you to exercise yours skills and your common sense!

2.  New to Your Bike, or Returning to Bicycle Use? Make sure you know all new road rules, read DPTI’s Safety Tips & check out this DPTI cycling guide. Attend a ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ presentation as soon as you can!

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3.  Be a ‘Defensive Rider’:  
Separating vulnerable road users from more dangerous trucks and cars is the first line of defence for bicycle users. Defensive Riding – just like ‘defensive driving’ – is the first second. It protects us from both physical hazards and the dangerous driving of others. It is an active approach taken by bicycle users to their own safety!   more… 

4.  Watch for & Report Problems:  Watch out for poor design or maintenance on roads & bikeways & report problems when needed (it’s simple)

page-e-25.  Reporting Dangerous Driving:  You can report dangerous driver behaviour via SAPOL’s Traffic Watch SchemeIt’s just a phone call away and it works! more here…