Safe cycling is the Way2Go

11 October, 2022

The warmer months are always popular among children and teenagers as they provide plenty of time for getting out on the trusted treadly.

However, more than a quarter of bicycles checked as part of the Bike Ed program held in SA primary schools in term two this year were found to have multiple safety issues, alarming audit records show.

This has prompted RAA to issue a warning for young riders, their parents or caregivers to always ensure their pushbikes are roadworthy in a bid to reduce road trauma.

Most common problems found by RAA’s bike inspections:

  • Flat or worn tyres
  • Faulty brakes
  • Exposed handle bar ends
  • Lack of chain lubrication
  • Loose seats.

RAA’s road safety spokesman Charles Mountain said bike maintenance was a crucial safety issue.

“It very important that bicycles are properly maintained, and regular checks are made to ensure equipment – such as brakes – is working properly,’’ he said.

“Cyclists are vulnerable road users, which is why the bikes they ride must be maintained to a safe standard.’’

Mr Mountain said it was also important bikes had a mandatory bell or similar warning device and reflectors.

“The law requires cyclist to have at least a rear red reflector or a white front light and a red rear light, otherwise riders could be fined a total $157.’’

The Bike Ed project is supported by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport’s Way2Go Program funding.

Students from years four to seven are eligible to participate. The program develops students’ confidence in practical bike riding skills for both off and on road.

Students also develop responsible bike riding attitudes, behaviours and decision-making skills consistent with the road rules.

RAA conducts bike safety checks on student-owned bikes to ensure they’re roadworthy for use in the program.

The information for each individual bike after it is checked is recorded on card provided by the department which is given to the participant for their information in order to carry out recommended repairs.

If your cycling route has a gap that needs to be addressed, take our Risky Rides survey which is open until 31 October: