Cyclists are road users and have similar rights and responsibilities as drivers of other types of vehicles. However, cyclists are vulnerable road users, so a number of treatments are in place to make cyclists as safe as possible in the road environment.
As road users cyclists are required to share the road safely with cars, buses trucks and motor bikes. Bicycle lanes, off road paths and safe road crossings are provided to help create a safer environment for cyclists.
Adelaide’s principal bicycle network, known as Bikedirect, provides options for cyclists of various needs and abilities. Bikedirect consists of arterial roads, roads with bicycle lanes, quiet local streets and off road shared use paths.
Bicycle lanes help cyclists and motorists to share the road. They are marked with continuous painted lines, bicycle symbols, and bicycle lane signs. Some bicycle lanes operate during specific times such as peak hours and these times are indicated on the sign. Drivers must not drive, park or stop in bicycle lanes when it is in operation.
Off road paths provide a space for cyclists separated from motor vehicle traffic. The majority of these are shared use paths that are specifically signed. Cyclists and pedestrians should watch out for each other and be considerate when using paths.
Median refuges and cyclist lanterns assist cyclists to cross the road safely.
At signalised crossings cyclists can be detected through cyclists push buttons and sensors in the road surface.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is responsible for all traffic and signal management and provides a 24-hour service for reporting traffic signal faults. If you notice a fault, free call 1800 018 313 and quote the Traffic Signal (TS) number shown on the signal controller box located at the intersection.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles will refuse the registration of light vehicles fitted with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018 until they are rectified to ensure the safety of all road users.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.