Whether riding for fitness or fun, it’s important to remember bicycle riders are some of our most vulnerable road users. According to the Road Safety Commission, 32 cyclists died on Western Australian roads between 2010 and 2016.
Main Roads reports that on average, almost 6 riders are fatally injured and 108 hospitalised each year. Despite safety efforts, the Road Safety Commission states that 50% of cyclists killed in 2016 were not wearing helmets.
This map shows the number and distribution of accidents involving bicycles resulting in deaths and injuries in WA from 2013-2017.
The following data is provided by http://portal-mainroads.opendata.arcgis.com.
So what can you do as a cyclist to keep safe on Western Australian roads? Here's some of Shine Lawyers' top safety tips:
- Obey all road rules and road signs.
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet and other safety gear such as high-visibility clothing.
- Ensure your bike has reflectors and lights, especially when driving at night or in dimly lit areas.
- Select safe routes with separate lanes for cyclists where possible.
- Remain alert and never assume other road users can see you just because you can see them.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: November 23, 2018.