South Australian cyclists received 3,515 fines in the last 6 months.
A recent article from InDaily found that 240,000 South Australian’s were fined by SAPOL in the last 6 months. 3,538 of those fines were given to cyclists, which is only 1.6% of SA’s cycling population, so most of us have been doing the right thing.
Of those cyclists who did receive a fine for breaking the law, the top reason by far was for failing to wear a helmet.
As well as the offences outlined above there were some unusual ones delivered to a small number of people.
- 9 people were found “leading an animal while riding a bicycle
- 7 were fined for “carry more persons on a bicycle than the bicycle is designed to carry”
- 4 for “fail to ride bicycle on the seat”
- 2 for “fail to keep left of footpath when riding a bicycle
- 1 “fail to keep out of path of bicycle while rollerblading!”
On the other side of the fence, 105 motorists received fines for putting cyclists in danger:
- 73 driving in a bike lane
- 16 driving too close to a cyclist (less than 1 metre)
- 16 causing a hazard by opening a vehicle door
You can delve more deeply into the figures by looking at the original article available at InDaily.