Back in April I wrote to the Transport Minister regarding some concerns I had in relation to the lack of protection SA law provides to cyclists. I have finally received a response from the acting minister, Paul Holloway, and thought some of the information was worth sharing. My main concern was that my understanding of the law was that cyclists must give way to vehicles turning left in front of them even when in a bicycle lane. The Minister advised that under Rule 141 of the Australian Road Rules, while cyclists could overtake on the left, "the rider of a bicycle must not ride past or overtake, to the left of a vehicle that is turning left and giving a left change of direction signal. " So under this rule a car can come racing past you on your bike and cut in front of you and turn left and you must give way, often by slamming on the brakes. The good new was that cyclists do get some protection when in a bicycle lane as it is defined as a marked lane, under Rule 148 "A driver who is moving from one marked lane (whether or not the lane in ending) to another marked lane, must give way to any vehicle traveling in the same direction as the driver in the marked lane to which the driver is moving." I had not realized this before, so apart from the safety benefit of the defined road space, a bicycle lane also provides this additional legal right of way over left turning vehicles.