Watch out Adelaide…the lycra clad masses have hit the streets as thousands of locals and visitors converge on Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under (TDU).
With around 40,000 interstate and overseas cycling fans in the city and our regions for the week-long event the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is pleading with all road users to be patient and share the road with the the many visitors who may not be familiar with South Australian roads.
MAC Community Engagement Manager, Matt Hanton said it’s a great time to be in Adelaide when the TDU rolls into town but let’s not forgot the added potential for road trauma during this busy period.
"Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all need to play a part to make sure everyone can share the road safely."
"Drivers should look for riders and pedestrians whenever they are changing lanes,turning into a side street, or pulling out into traffic, especially in the city and around race stage starts and finishes, where there will be large crowds enjoying the festivities."
"Cyclists will inundate the regions, following the same routes as the professionals so motorists please be patient when approaching cyclists from the rear."
"Only overtake when it’s safe to do so, drivers need to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist in a 60km/h or less zone or 1.5 metres if the speed limit is over 60km/h," said Mr Hanton.
"Always scan the road ahead, look for turning cars and pedestrians, and never assume you have been seen by other road users."
"Being highly visible is key and choosing clothing that can get you noticed will make a huge difference to keep you safe and seen on the road," said Mr Hanton.
MAC has been supporting the Santos Tour Down Under since 2012.
The Be Safe, Be Seen MAC Stage 6 will take place on Sunday 22 January where tens of thousands of fans will line the Adelaide streets on this fast-paced 4.5km circuit that starts and finishes by Elder Park next to the banks of the River Torrens.
For more safe cycling tips visit http://mac.sa.gov.au/besafebeseen