23 January 2015
Improving Road Safety is about all Road Users
The State Liberals believe that improving road safety for all road users should be a priority that includes cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
“In principle, leaving a safe distance between an automobile and a cyclist is an important step in improving road safety for cyclists,” said Shadow Minister for Road Safety, Corey Wingard. “However, methods of enforcement, and whether it will always be possible or safe to do so is of concern.
“In some states vehicles are allowed to cross over double white lines in order to maintain a 1m rule, however this does then raise concerns for motorists’ safety.
“While both pedestrians and cyclist sharing the one pathway does work in some instances, not every footpath is wide enough to accommodate both without risking harm to both pedestrians and cyclists.
“A number of elderly residents have raised concerns that the speed at which some cyclists travel, and a general reluctance to use bells or horns to warn of approach will put pedestrians at a higher risk of being hit.
“Cyclists have also raised concerns about the current state of bike and footpaths around Adelaide.
“It is important that we recognize the difference between the casual cyclist and the much faster professional cyclist, and that while footpaths may be the safer option for a family out cycling on a weekend, it may not be the best option for a faster professional cyclist in training.
“Before the State Liberals can come out in support of these proposals more information must be provided, and we stress the importance of ensuring the roads and footpaths are capable of safely catering for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists before an additional burden is placed on road users.
“I am concerned that the State Labor Government is throwing out another ‘announce, and then design’ policy. Road Safety Minister, Tony Piccolo, must come clean and tell South Australians how this policy is going to work.”