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New bike-friendly road rules

New bike-friendly road rules

Bike riders

Several bicycle-friendly changes are among current amendments to the road rules.

As of Thursday 16 January adults are permitted to ride a bicycle on the footpath while accompanying children under 12, giving give parents greater flexibility to safely teach and supervise their children as they ride.

Another change allows bike riders to enter a bike box at traffic lights when there is no bike lane leading up to it.

In addition, power-assisted bicycles known as pedalecs may be legally ridden in South Australia. Pedalecs must have no more than 250 Watts of continuous power and comply with all of the requirements of European Standardization EN 15194, which calls for a safety feature that cuts off power when they reach speeds of over 25 kph. Related regulation changes exempt pedalec users from registration, insurance and licensing requirements.

Road rules and details of the amendments are explained on www.mylicence.sa.gov.au/road-rules.