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Cycling Statistics:

- In the past five years cyclists represented 4% of road fatalities, with a total of 19 cyclists killed on South Australian roads.

- In the last 5 years cyclists represented 9% of all serious injuries on our roads with 340 cyclists seriously injured.

- There have been almost 2,500 minor cyclist injuries reported in the past 5 years.

- In the last 10 years the number of reports to police where a cyclist has been injured has annually trended upwards by an average of 2.4%.

- Since 2006 the weekly bicycle traffic in the Adelaide CBD has increased by 47%

Tips for cyclists:

Ride defensively:

As a bike rider you have the right to use roads, but with that right comes the responsibility to ride safely. It's important to ride your bike in a predicable manner. Avoid weaving in and out of parked cars. Always use clear hand signals when making turns. Making eye contact with motorists is a wise way to tell if a motorist is aware of your presence. Bike riders are more easily injured than car occupants in a crash. It is in your interest to make your presence known to keep safe.

Be a flasher:

The human eye is instinctively attracted to movement. That’s why emergency vehicles have flashing lights- it gets them noticed. Consider setting your front and rear bike lights to flash. The flashing attracts attention to your position on the road. Flashing lights are effective day and night. Extra lights on your helmet or clothing/backpack and reflectors strips on your clothes, and backpack are a clever choice. These items are situated higher up on you and make you much more noticeable to motorists.

Ride Bright: 

The majority of crashes between motorists and bike riders occur because the motorist didn't look for the bike rider. One of the easiest ways to be seen is to wear light and bright visible clothing. Bright light, fluro or hi-vis clothing with reflective straps and lights makes you much easier to spot and avoid. 

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