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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

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Rift between road users

Nine News Report

Rift between road users

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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Let's Ride VR - Mobile App

Let's Ride VR - Mobile App

Ever wanted to go for a ride with a champion cyclist? Now’s your chance! Get immersed in a 360-degree bike ride with 11 time World Champion and dual Olympic Champion Anna Meares.

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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