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RAA cycling survey reveals our riskiest rides

933 nominations received identified road surfaces as among the greatest risks to safe riding.

ANZAC Highway has been named the riskiest road in Adelaide based on more than 900 nominations by cyclists. 

Marion Road, also in the western suburbs, was rated the second worst, according to RAA’s inaugural survey.

The metropolitan stretch of Greenhill Road, followed by Payneham, Port, Portrush, Cross, Frome, Unley and Fullarton roads rounded out the top ten nominated risky rides.

RAA Senior Manager of Safety and Infrastructure, Charles Mountain, said the 933 nominations received identified road surfaces as among the greatest risks to safe riding.

“While this is also an issue for motorists, it is more so for those on two wheels,’’ he said.

“It’s vitally important to ensure the road network is maintained to a good standard so all road users can travel safely.

“Another major issue identified in the nominations was a lack of continuous cycling infrastructure. A good example of this is the southern side of Greenhill Road, which has no bike lane between the Fullarton and Glen Osmond road intersections.’’

Tragically, 2518 cyclists were injured and 26 lost their lives in a road crash between 2015 and 2019, according to latest SAPOL figures.

The survey also revealed almost one-in-five respondents said they were riding more often due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Mountain said the survey findings had been shared with the state and local governments and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

“RAA welcomes the recent State Government’s budget announcement to spend millions of dollars more on road maintenance, including resealing, and it’s important this work includes sections used by cyclists, such as bike lanes,’’ he said.

“The recent reseal of Fullarton Road south of Glen Osmond Road is a good example of this.’’

Mr Mountain said safer cycling infrastructure would encourage greater use of active travel, a key SA government objective outlined in its Climate Change Action Plan 2021-2025.

The Risky Rides survey invited the public to nominate up to 10 on-road cycle lanes or off-road cycle paths they believe posed a risk to riders.

Mr Mountain said this inaugural Risky Rides survey complemented RAA’s successful Risky Roads initiative that’s been running since 2013, which has provided an avenue for thousands of road users to nominate trouble spots on the metropolitan and regional road network.

“The Risky Roads survey has generated some significant wins for the community, and we hope the cycling equivalent Risky Rides achieves similar results for those on two wheels,” Mr Mountain said.

“RAA’s here to represent all road users and we know around 150,000 of our members are cyclists too.’’

Mr Mountain said the survey also revealed the top five risky off-road rides, with poor riding surfaces again a major issue.

The River Torrens Linear Park Trail received the most nominations, followed by Little Para Trail, Coast to Vines Rail Trail, Crafers Bikeway and the Lynton Belair Urban Trail.

The Barossa Trail received the most nominations for regional off-road trails. 

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