This Citizens' Jury process is now closed, but you can check out the outcomes and reports for all the latest updates and information.
In South Australia’s second Citizens’ Jury 37 everyday South Australians were charged with finding innovative ideas as to what could be trialled so that all road users could share the roads safely. Members of the Jury were randomly selected through an independent non-partisan research organisation, the newDemocracy Foundation.
The selection of jurors is deliberately independent from government and aims to ensure the jury is representative of the broader South Australian population. Invitations to participate in this Citizens' Jury were sent out to a randomly selected sample of over 6,000 South Australians drawn from an Australia Post address database, and from those that indicated interest a stratified random selection was conducted which simply matched the group to the Census profile by age, gender and housing status (ratepayer/ tenant) as this has proven effective in getting a diverse mix of people in terms of income and educational background. newDemocracy has noted in previous processes that other factors of our identity such as self identified ethnic background, being indigenous, LGBTIQ status and disability are selected in proportion to the size of these populations within the community.
The Jury was independently facilitated by South Australian community engagement specialist Emily Jenke.
How was the community involved?
Experts, lobbyists, activists, community groups and citizens were invited to present points-of-view to the Jury through formal submissions to the Jury. In addition, feedback from the online consultation and social media discussions including a Twitter Chat on the topic were also provided to the jury.
The Jury presented its recommendations to Premier Jay Weatherill on 6 November.
The South Australian Government Response to the Citizens’ Jury Report was released by the Premier on 22 January 2015.
The Jury Process
Below is an overview of the process involved in the Sharing the Roads Safely Citizens' Jury. For more information please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section.
Selection of Jury
Asmentioned above, members of the Jury were randomly selected by an independent non-partisan research organisation; the new Democracy Foundation (nDF) .The selection of the jurors was deliberately independent from government and aimed to ensure the jury was representative of the urban South Australian population. For more information about the Jury recruitment process, visit the newDemocracy website.
The Citizens' Jury schedule
Jury deliberations were over five meetings between September 25 and October 25, 2014. During those meetings the Jury heard from a number of experts who provided information and experience to enable jurors to obtain a deep understanding of the complexities around the topic. The Jury also identified experts and representatives from various organisations they would like to hear from to gather further information. They were also provided with the public submissions and the online discussions.
An independent facilitator provided the Jury members with other tools and experiences that assisted them to consider the topic. Individual members of the Jury were not expected to turn into experts themselves through this process. Instead, they added value by rendering down the information and what they learnt into recommendations that were relevant to everyday citizens. They brought the perspective and common sense of everyday citizens and a cross-section of social norms to help find solutions to the challenge.
The Jury prepared its final recommendations at its last meeting in October. The Jury’s report was presented to Government in November 2014.
The Government's Response
The South Australian Government Response to the Citizens' Jury Report was released by Premier Jay Weatherill on 22 January 2015.
Download the South Australian Government Response to the Citizens' Jury Report (PDF, 2.4MB).
Implementing the Jury's recommendations
There has been progress in the implementation of some of the Jury's recommendations.
In addition, the following announcements have been made by the Government:
Friday, 18 July 2015: The first status report on the progress of implementing the Jury's recommendations was released. Download the status report here.
Thursday 18 June 2015: The 2015-16 State budget includes $6.5 million over four years for bike boulevards and greenways. Read the announcement here.
In the news
The Citizens' Jury, the recommendations and the Government's response have generated interest in the media. You can check out some of the articles below:
August 2014 - Announcement of a Citizens' Jury to discuss sharing the road safely
- New bid to break the cycle of aggro - The Advertiser, p1, 26 August (link: Citizens’ jury to work to calm cyclist-driver conflict in Adelaide - AdelaideNow)
- Citizen jury weighs road conflict - The Advertiser, 25 September
November 2014 - Citizens' Jury report released
- Citizens’ Jury verdict rules cyclists be allowed to ride on footpaths when there is no safe alternative - AdelaideNow
- Cycling Citizens' Jury - Radio Adelaide
January 2015 - Government's response to the Jury recommendations
- Motorists will have to leave a one metre gap when passing cyclists under proposed new South Australian laws - AdelaideNow
- The footpath-users afraid of life with bikers - news.com.au
- One metre cyclist overtaking law in the works - CarsGuide
- Giving cyclists space: South Australia hailed for plan to impose one-metre rule - The Guardian
October 2015 - Announcement of new road rules
- SA cyclists allowed on footpaths, drivers can cross double lines to avoid them on roads under new rules - ABC Online
- New road rules to give cyclists more space - AdelaideNow
- Cycling law changes: motorists face judgement calls - InDaily
- South Australia introduces new fines to protect cyclists and opens up footpaths - The Guardian
- News Release - Minister for Transport and Infrastructure (PDF, 126KB)
Want to know more? You can find all the reports and up-to-date information on the Outcomes page.