Operation Safe Cycling results

Police spoke to hundreds of cyclists – with some issued expiation notices – during this month’s Operation Safe Cycling.

Superintendent Bob Gray, Officer in Charge, Traffic Services Branch, said the focus of police was on both cyclist and driver behaviour to encourage safer road use for all.

The operation, which ran from 9 to 22 January, was timed to coincide with the massive uptake of cycling by all age groups that occurs annually with the Tour Down Under.

The operation didn’t just follow the TDU route, but was implemented across the State.

Of the 171 expiations issued during the operation, 167 were to cyclists and four to drivers. A further 270 cyclists and 17 drivers were issued with cautions, totalling 458 official interactions between police and the public.

Sadly, one cyclist lost his life and there were eight serious injury crashes involving cyclists during the operation period.

Superintendent Gray said, “This highlights the vulnerability of cyclists – they invariably come off worst if involved in a collision with any other vehicle.”

“Both cyclists and drivers need to be aware of each other, actively look for each other and share the road safely.”

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