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Keep your head up during Operation Safe Cycling

07 Jan 2019 7:00am

As cycling fever sweeps across Adelaide, and excitement builds for the Santos Tour Down Under, SA Police are training their sights on cyclists and motorists during Operation Safe Cycling.

Commencing at 12.01am this morning (Monday 7 January), the Operation will run throughout the Tour.

Superintendent Bob Gray, Officer in Charge of Traffic Support Branch, says the fortnight-long Operation is focused on ensuring rider safety, as well as compliance.

“A significant number of sometime-cyclists hop on their bikes around this time of year, inspired by the Tour Down Under," says Supt. Gray.

“Operation Safe Cycling is all about ensuring that cyclists of all skill levels, from Sunday riders to pros, are safe on the state’s roads.

“Cyclists and motorists alike can expect to encounter a highly visible police presence at Tour Down Under staging locations, and on popular cycling routes along the Adelaide coastline, between Outer Harbor and Seacliff.

“Police will take appropriate action against both drivers and cyclists who fail to comply with the Australian Road Rules.

“Among other offences, we will be looking out for motorists who fail to maintain a safe passing distance, and anyone driving or parking illegally in bicycle lanes.

“Cyclists have an important role to play in ensuring their own safety on the road. Those not wearing helmets, or disobeying traffic signals, can expect to be stopped and dealt with.

“Don’t forget, you can ride no more than two abreast – even if you’re riding in a large group. Exercise courtesy, and remember that sharing the road is a two-way street.

During 2018, 7 cyclists were killed on South Australian roads, and 38 sustained serious injuries. Of the 639 cyclists involved in crashes, nearly 80 per cent were male. Nearly 90 per cent of crashes occurred in metropolitan Adelaide.

Operation Safe Cycling concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday, 20 January.

For information about the Tour Down Under please visit: http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/

For full details of Road Closures and Parking Restrictions during the TDU please visit: http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/watch/watch-the-tour/road-closures

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