Is there a gap in your cycling route?

7 October, 2022

RAA’s second Risky Rides survey is underway right now, and we’re on the hunt for cyclists to nominate gaps in South Australia’s cycling infrastructure. If you ride on a route that has an annoying section without a bike lane or path, let us know via our Risky Rides survey so we include it as part of our advocacy work in the future and hopefully get it addressed.

Cycling rates increasing, but more can be done

Cycling rates in South Australia are climbing – slowly. The National Walking and Cycling Participation Survey 2021 found 38% of South Australians had cycled in the past year – up slightly from 35% in 2019.

RAA Senior Manager or Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said cycling offered a range of benefits to society, and continually improving the State’s cycling network would encourage more people to take it up.

“Not only does cycling help improve health outcomes for individuals but it also reduces traffic congestion and stress on the road network.

“Incomplete cycling routes are a major frustration among people who like to cycle but don’t always feel safe doing so. Ongoing investment is needed to upgrade cycling infrastructure and address safety concerns into the future.”

The 2022 Risky Rides survey aims to identify gaps in the State’s cycling infrastructure. RAA will use the results of the Risky Rides survey to advocate for safer infrastructure for RAA members and other South Australians who choose to cycle.

Cycling infrastructure includes things like:

  • on-road cycle lanes
  • road crossings
  • off-road paths
  • painted or protected space for cyclists, bike racks or lockers
  • built structures like bridges or tunnels.

Matijn van der Merwe, a cyclist from Brompton, said he was more confident taking his young family for a cycle where there was an unbroken route.

“There are roads where bike lanes suddenly disappear and that’s a worry.”

“It would be better to have more consistency of which roads have non-stop bike lanes, and more investment in dedicated cycling tracks would be welcome.’’

To take the 2022 Risky Rides survey, click here.