Cycling consultation highlights community concern over new laws

The State Liberals’ cycling laws consultation received over 25,000 responses and has contributed to educating the public on what is being proposed and what the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists actually are under the new changes.

“Our consultation revealed community support for the one metre rule (1.5m over 60km/h) and the ability for motorists to overtake on solid lines where safe to do so in order to get around a cyclist,” said Shadow Transport Minister Corey Wingard.

“However, there were serious concerns raised about cyclists riding on the footpath.

“In response to this overwhelming feedback, the State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to return to the old regulations which do not allow cyclists aged 12 years old or older to ride on the footpath unless they are above the age of 18 and accompanying a child.

“Overwhelming concern and confusion remains about cyclists’ use of footpaths.

“I call on Minister Mulligan to amend this regulation so that the new laws reflect what the community wants, and I will be writing to the Minister to reiterate these concerns.

“The Weatherill Labor Government would do well to listen and change this regulation; our community consultation has been far more extensive than consultation conducted by the Government.”

The State Liberals will not proceed with a motion in State Parliament to disallow the regulations as that would disallow all of the new regulations, including the one metre rule.

However, if the Government does not listen to the overwhelming community response we will proceed with a Private Members Bill to regulate cycle on footpaths.

“We have given the public a voice in what has been a sneaky and secretive way to introduce these new regulations, and more importantly, we have listened to what South Australians want,” said Mr Wingard.

“It is now up to the Weatherill Labor Government to listen to South Australians and change the regulations.”