Look For Cyclists


Look For Cyclists

Seek decrease in cycling incidents. Collect data to lobby authorities. Remind drivers that cyclists are people, and to look.

Please add your experiences to these topics:
1. Abuse
2. Collision
3. Cyclist Assaulted or Object Thrown
4. Cyclist vs Object
5. Near Miss

Location: Adelaide SA
Members: 91
Latest Activity: Apr 8

When choosing the name of Look For Cyclists, I thought of a road safety slogan, and also the common drivers’ excuse “I didn’t see you”. Authorities could improve the safety of vulnerable road users with Strict Liability legislation. When negligent driving near cyclists brings negative consequences, then more drivers will remember to Look For Cyclists.

Is this the bike we need to get drivers to Look For Cyclists?

Discussion Forum


Started by heather. Last reply by heather Apr 8. 125 Replies

After the intro, some pertinent links to AC discussions, but not all links. Please add your experiences.Please report your bicycle-vehicle collisions to police, even if your injuries appear minor:--…Continue

Cyclist vs Object

Started by heather. Last reply by heather Jan 18. 32 Replies

Most bicycle collisions involve a vehicle or other road user, listed under topic…Continue

Staying safe tips?

Started by Wayne B. Last reply by Wayne B Sep 12, 2017. 3 Replies

Just arrived (back) in Australia, I have several years of riding experience in Northern suburbs of Brisbane, and decades in Europe.How is cycling safety in Adelaide (from the ground, walking it seems…Continue

Design For Cyclists

Started by heather. Last reply by heather Jun 28, 2016. 14 Replies

A place to post pictures of what facility designs you would like for cycling. Includes road, paths and bicycle parking. I encourage other AC members to post here.There is an alternative topic for…Continue

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Comment by Darren B on June 12, 2011 at 19:37
For a start there is a distinct lack of understanding of give way or right of way rules.
Comment by heather on June 12, 2011 at 19:24
Are some drivers psychologically programmed to only look for 'dangerous objects' that could harm them, like other cars and trucks? Need education on how to look for cyclists and vulnerable road users.
Comment by Darren B on June 12, 2011 at 19:19

Heather, one interesting thing I have noticed, aside from the obvious issues with motorists and cyclists operating on close proximity is that they aren't confided to cyclists.

I run just as often (maybe more) than I cycle. I often run home (Mawson Lakes to Mile end) along the route I cycle in on in the morning.

I have encountered similar problems whilst running as i do cycling. Predominantly with failure to give way and inattention.

I have been nearly cleaned up just as many times whilst running as i do on the bike.

What gives?

Comment by Michael Moses on April 28, 2011 at 23:48
Hi Heather, just read about your scholarship, congrats!
Comment by heather on April 27, 2011 at 22:45
Thanks David. Registration fees of $1000 to attend cycling conferences interstate. I will pay the $1000 for air fares, hostel accommodation, eating out while networking, etc. Need to get organised, eg new rack and panniers, then learn how to pack lightly.
Comment by David Bowler on April 27, 2011 at 22:35
Congratulations Heather.  No doubt you have some on how to spend your scholarship.
Comment by heather on April 27, 2011 at 22:28
Today I received a letter dated 21-Apr-2011 from the Government of SA and signed by Hon Tom Kenyon MP, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Minister for Road Safety. Looks like I will be doing more cycling advocacy.
"I am delighted to inform you that you have been successful in your application for a Volunteer Scholarship from the Office for Recreation and Sport for 2011-12.
Your scholarship for this 12-month period will be for the amount of $1000. . . .
As a successful recipient of a Volunteer Scholarship you must satisfy a number of funding conditions. You will receive a letter shortly from the Office for Recreation and Sport explaining these funding conditions."
Comment by heather on April 18, 2011 at 22:48

Andrew, there is an AC group of Bicycle Blackspot Eradication, so Look For Cyclists will concentrate on incidents, which is usually hazards caused by other road users. The group BBE uses a Google Form, so I guess what you are proposing is similar. I have not used it, so would be good to have an assistant who is familiar with it.

I need to study the much public data that authorities report in Australia. It varies between states. I posted somewhere on AC that the number of questions may be off-putting, but then authorities may be more likely to accept data that they prefer. I think it would be valuable to liaise with authorities (eg police, Office of Road Safety) before deciding on a final form and database. After all, an aim is to use the data to advocate for improved cyclist safety.

Comment by Andrew Dickson on April 18, 2011 at 22:15

Heather, a simple way to collect data is using a Google Form, saving data automatically into a Google spreadsheet, hosted in Google Docs. Key benefits:

- it provides an easy way for everyone to enter data (using a form)

- it saves the data onto a spreadsheet which is accessible to anyone with permissions and the web address of that spreadsheet


Can you try to decide what info needs to be collected, so I can create forms for us to to play with? Perhaps we could start with a form for reporting incidents and a form for reporting hazards. 

Comment by heather on April 17, 2011 at 13:37

Ian, your comment got a laugh. Perhaps you could post under Hints - Cycling, Lights, Record, Visibility.


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