Did you know that during 2018, 7 cyclists were killed on South Australian roads and 38 sustained serious injuries? The Santos Tour Down Under kicks of today and SA Police will be running Operation Safe Cycling for the duration of the tour to target high risk behaviour by both cyclists and motorists.
As Neighbourhood Watch supporters, you can do your bit to support road safety in your local community by being extra-vigilant and keeping a lookout for cyclists. Plus remember if you are riding in large groups delivering Neighbourhood Watch newsletters competitively (and we know some of you do….), that you can ride no more than two abreast on the road; or you can ride on the footpath (giving way to pedestrians of course).
But seriously - during the state-wide traffic operation which runs till 20 January, road users and the community can expect to see a highly visible police presence in all areas, and particularly in the vicinity of each stage of the Tour Down Under. Apart from keeping a watchful eye on traffic and crowd behaviour, SA Police will also have a stand at the Tour Village in Victoria Square, promoting road safety and crime prevention.
The police emphasis during the operational period is to encourage cyclists and motorists to safely share the road and show mutual courtesy and respect to ensure the safety of cyclists.
Need a refresher on cycling road rules? View Cycling and the Law
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