Sharing the Roads Safely: a South Australian Citizens' Jury

Sharing the Roads Safely: a South Australian Citizens' Jury


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Problems and Purpose

The jury was charged with answering the following question:

"Motorists and cyclists will always be using our roads. What things could we trial to ensure they share the roads safely?"


South Australia has a strong culture of motoring. At the same time there is a growing number of people cycling. There are also increasing demands to be able to travel safely on roads, highlighted by recent accidents. The Jury was encouraged to consider new ways of sharing the roads safely.

Originating Entities and Funding

The process was funded by the South Australian government as part of the YourSAy programme.

Participant Selection

Participants for the jury were chosen through a method of random selection drawn from 6,000 South Australian citizens. The selection process was carried out by newDemocracy Foundation, an independent research organisation. The sample was stratified to ensure that the jury was diverse and representative of the wider community

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

The jury made use of a variety of methods to build up their knowledge base on the topic. This included:

  • Formal presentations & Q&A scheduled with the Jury
  • Submissions which were lodged through the YourSay website
  • Online forums: both formal, and informal
  • Networking with their own communities of interest
  • Live Twitter Chat on Day 4 of their deliberations
  • Conducting their own research, observations and reflections
  • Use of their own, private online Jury forum
  • Group work in Jury deliberation sessions

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

The jury produced a final report to the government at the end of 2014 with a detailed raft of recommendations to improve road safety and sharing. The government response to the jury recommendations was released in January 2015 and out of 21 individual recommendations, the government supported 18 of these. 

As a result of the jury recommendations, new cycling laws have been introduced in South Australia. Citizens also had the opportunity to comment on the proposed laws.

As of January 2016, 13 out of 21 recommendations from the jury have been achieved. A further six are in progress and two have been delayed or are under review. In June 2015 the state government also announced its intention to invest $6.5 million in bike boulevards and greenways. 


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Adelaide , SA
South Australia AU


Donnerstag, September 25, 2014
Dienstag, Oktober 25, 2016
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