Safe cyclists and drivers are constantly scanning the road for potential hazards.
Scanning is not just looking ahead and behind. Many crashes between bikes and cars involve a cyclist being hit from the side, so you need to scan for hazards to your left and right as well.
Anna's top 5 awareness tips
Try to establish eye contact with motorists. Eye contact will let you know if you have been seen or not. Never assume you have been seen.
Most crashes occur at intersections so treat them like black spots. Ride your bike in a predictable and visible way.
Scan the road for hazards and be prepared to take evasive action. Stay alert at all times. Simply being ready to brake halves your response time.
Make your presence known on the road. Position yourself for maximum visibility. Always signal your intensions to other road users.
Position yourself at intersections so you're clearly seen and not obstructed by larger vehicles. Stay visible, even when you're stopped.
The blind spot of a driver is a vulnerable position for a bike rider.
Position yourself on the road where drivers are most likely to see you. Remember that larger vehicles have larger blind spots.
Try to establish eye contact with motorists. It will let you know if they have seen you or not. Never assume you have been seen.
Ride defensively. Ride carefully when positioned next to a car as this is a vulnerable spot. The car might turn left into a side street without checking for riders. Slow down and make space so you are seen in car mirrors.
Learn to anticipate driver actions and watch for cars that are indicating or slowing down as they approach a junction.
There's heaps more to learn about smart, safe bike riding.
MAC in conjunction with BikeSA run a road safety workshop for individuals and businesses to increase awareness about safe riding. Book a session today at email@example.com or phone 8168 9909
Brush up on your knowledge and download the official road rules.
It's amazing to learn how many people are getting into riding these days. But with so many of us on the road, there's a flip side. On average 3 riders die and more than 500 are injured on South Australian roads each year -- at a cost of over $20million in Compulsory Third Party insurance.
The Santos Tour Down Under is the perfect place to promote the 'Be Safe, Be Seen' campaign. The aim of the campaign is to promote a safer mind-set amongst riders and motorists. At the end of the day we don't want anyone seriously hurt or killed on our roads. We want a safer riding community for all.