2016 Safe Cycling Awards

2016 Safe Cycling Awards

The Safe Cycling Awards will provide an opportunity to recognise excellence by South Australian local government.

Award criteria is based on initiatives that actively encourage safe cycling behaviours, where infrastructure improvements have enhanced cycling safety, and where councils have displayed active support for community cycling groups or programs which has led to safer cycling outcomes.

Along with the award and state-wide recognition for being a cycle safe city, winners of each category will receive a grant from the Motor Accident Commission of $2,000.

Councils will be divided into three categories based on location, size and capabilities:

  •  Metropolitan councils
  • Regional councils with a population under 10,000 residents
  • Regional councils with a population over 10,000 residents

Safer cycling elements are those that support safe cycling culture and education as well as providing environments that community members are confident to cycle in.

Contributions to safe cycling by councils in one or more of the following three areas will be considered in the judging process:

Physical – infrastructure that supports cycling and use of cycling equipment;

Cultural – behavioural change and awareness of cycling and safety; and,

Community – the support of community groups and events connected with cycling.

 

Applications open Monday 2 May 2016 and close Friday 2 September 2016.

Awards will be presented at the Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) October 20-21 2016, giving winning councils the opportunity to share their initiatives and accept their award.

 

The Entry Process

 

1.     Download the 2016 Safe Cycling Awards application form here.

2.    Lodge your written application as a word document either via email to mac@sa.gov.au or via post to GPO Box 2438 ADELAIDE SA 5001.

3.    Ensure your application includes any supporting evidence such as pictures, documents, brochures, testimonials. Please note these will not be returned to applicants if lodged in hard copy via post.

Let's Ride VR - Mobile App

Let's Ride VR - Mobile App

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Use a Google Cardboard or your device to cycle with Anna as she takes you for a journey around her favourite riding spots, including a lap around the velodrome. Along the way Anna will share her riding tips and point out ways to be safe and be seen - so you can make every ride you take a safer one.

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Let's Ride VR with Anna Meares

Let's Ride VR with Anna Meares

Let's Ride VR with Anna Meares

What is a Standard Drink?

What is a Standard Drink?

MAC and PainAdelaide

MAC and PainAdelaide

 

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has partnered with PainAdelaide to share cycling safety messages and support its work in the pain science field.

 

PainAdelaide, based at the University of South Australia, is recognised as a centre of excellence in pain science. Chronic pain is a significant world health issue and PainAdelaide brings together pain researchers, clinicians and stakeholders. 

 

The MAC partnership includes support of the Ride for Pain, a public cycling challenge which aims to raise awareness of chronic pain.

 

MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said the Ride for Pain provided an opportunity to share MAC’s Be Safe Be Seen cycling safety program.

 

“Be Safe Be Seen encourages safer riding practices by sharing techniques to improve road positioning, defensive riding and visibility,” Mr Cornish said.

 

“It also shares messages targeting drivers to encourage them to look carefully for riders and raise awareness of cyclist vulnerability.

 

“Motorists need to be vigilant and regularly check their mirrors for riders who could be travelling alongside their vehicle, and always scan for riders, particularly at intersections.

 

“We ask cyclists to wear light, bright and fluorescent clothing because what you wear will get you noticed.

 

“We also encourage cyclists to set their bike lights to flash in the day, as well as at night time. The flashing helps draw attention to your position on the road.”

 

Read more Be Safe Be Seen tips

Ride Smart

Ride Smart

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.

Scan the Road

Scan the Road

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.

On The Road with Keith Conlon - Police Road Safety Centre

On The Road with Keith Conlon - Police Road Safety Centre

On The Road with Keith Conlon - SA Police Road Safety Centre

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Rift between road users

Nine News Report

Rift between road users

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Wet weather safety tips

Wet weather safety tips

MAC has the following tips for safer road use during wet weather:

  1.  Drive to the conditions, and lower your speed in cases where visibility is poor or roads are slippery;
  2. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front – count at least three seconds;
  3. Check your tyres – if they have less tread on them, the tyres cannot displace enough water, which may make the vehicle aquaplane;
  4. Check for wear and tear on wiper blades and replace them as soon as they start to smear rather than clean windows;
  5. Check your car’s lights and indicators to make sure all are working properly and always turn on headlights in wet or foggy conditions;
  6. Cyclists should use their lights during the day as well as at night, and wearing florescent and reflective clothing will make it easy for drivers to see you;
  7. Pedestrians should always cross at the lights and be aware that drivers could have difficulty seeing them

Behind the Scenes - Anna Meares

Behind the Scenes - Anna Meares

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.

For more information on MAC's Be Safe Be Seen Campaign featuring Anna Meares click here >>

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