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.