Australian police stops Team Sky riders right before Tour Down Under
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Australian police stops Team Sky riders right before Tour Down Under



Mon, January 8 –  Australian police stops several Team Sky members as part of their operation called “Safe Cycling”.


South Australian police have decided to speak to several riders from Team Sky (and other cycling professionals) ahead of WorldTour opening race which starts one week from today.


Some members of Team Sky were photographed while talking to the officers of the Australian police after they were stopped on Pulteney Street, in Adelaide’s business district (CBD). Apparently, they were noticed committing several traffic offences.


“The group was verbally educated about safe cycling in the CBD,” SAPOL said in a published statement by the city’s Advertiser website.



Keeping cyclists safe


SAPOL has only started the Safe Cycling operation three days ago, on January 6 in order to “keep cyclists safe on the state’s roads”. This is the perfect time to act in this direction since the number of cyclists on the roads of Adelaide has increased drastically since the Tour Down Under week started.



“We hear a lot of complaints about cyclist behavior. And in turn we know that they are vulnerable road users who come off second-best when they get in any form collision,” Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, in charge of SAPOL’s Traffic Support Branch, reported.


“Operation Safe Cycling is focused on the two-wheeled community. Both in terms of ensuring they know and obey the laws. But also to protect them from other motorists who need to take care around bike riders.


“We can, and will, enforce the law. But I would plead for all road users to show some basic courtesy and share the roads.”



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