We still need your support this year for Amy’s Ride SA. Our recent survey shows why.
Over the past 11 months, Bike SA has conducted three surveys to give us a snapshot of your opinions on the new cycling laws which came into effect last October.
For a quick refresher, the new laws introduced a suite of measures that included the following.
- Drivers must give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist where the speed limit is 60km/h or less
- Drivers must give 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h
- Cyclists have the legal right to ride on footpaths
The take-away? while we’ve made progress, we have still have some way to go.
“When I’m riding in the Adelaide Hills, I definitely notice the majority of drivers are giving me more room,” Mieka Webb told today’s Advertiser.
While behaviours are improving, 55% of survey respondents told us that drivers still disobey the 1.5m passing law applicable to roads with speeds above 60km/h.
Key results from the survey:
Over 1,000 people responded to each of our surveys (Nov 2015, March 2016 & September 2016), providing us with a highlight of results at the 11 month mark of the new road laws.
FREQUENCY OF RIDING
- 91% of respondents ride between 2 and 7 days a week
THE ONE METRE RULE
- 66% of riders say motorists are obeying the 1 metre mandatory passing distance BUT a concerned 34% say that behaviours are unchanged.
THE 1.5 METRE RULE
- The results of the 1-metre rule is compared to a more worrying result for the 1.5m passing distance requirement with just 45% saying there is an improvement. We still have 55% saying there is no change.
HOW MANY ARE RIDING MORE OFTEN
- 25% of respondents say that they are riding more as a result of the new mandatory passing distance rules
FOOTPATHS AND INCREASED SAFETY
- On the question of whether the opportunity to ride on the footpath encourages people to ride more often because of increased safety, 41% responded YES which is a 14% increase from eleven months ago (at 36%).
- Significantly, 68% of respondents are taking the opportunity to ride on the footpath as a result of the new road rules. This figure is up 38% from the first survey eleven months ago (at 49%)
While it is encouraging to see continued improvement from many motorists to respect the mandatory passing distance, there remains a significant and concerning number who choose to continually disregard the new road rules and jeopardise bicycle rider safety.
It’s great to see the opportunity to ride on our footpaths continues to get many more South Australians riding their bicycles. The overriding concerns over our unsafe road environments continue to prevent those 60% of South Australians who want to have better transport choice.
More people on bicycles means less road congestion and significantly improved public health outcomes.
Why we need you at Amy’s Ride SA – your registration supports our work…
We’d like to encourage you, your family and friends to join us for Amy’s Ride SA, on Sunday 6 November. Let’s keep calling for safer roads together. As the survey shows, our work isn’t done.
Amy’s Ride SA is a really important vehicle to bring about change. Not only do we celebrate South Australia’s diverse cycling community, but it’s also an important way for Bicycle SA to fund our vital road safety work including:
- Delivering bicycle education programs to children and adults, as well as remote aboriginal communities in the APY lands
- Developing and delivering our suite of road safety programs, like our free workplace cycle safety programme Be Safe Be Seen, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission
- Delivering more than 2,000 free community rides each year: and
- Our continued advocacy at the local and state level for better and improved infrastructure for both recreational and tourism cycling
Each person riding also sends a positive message to the State Government, that people on bikes matter and are a vital part of the South Australia community and economy, and need improved infrastructure along for the ride.
You can register for Amy’s Ride SA at www.amysridesa.com.au taking place on Sunday 6 November. Kids ride free.