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Dealing with cyclists on the road

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Dealing with cyclists

With more and more cyclists on the road than ever before, it is apparent that road users, both young and old need to be aware what the government have issued as advice – for BOTH cyclists and drivers. 

Advice for cyclists

  • Be aware of the driver’s blind spot when you are passing cars, vans and buses. If in doubt, hang back until a manoeuvre is safe to carry out
  • Read the road ahead and pay attention to other road users
  • Try, whilst staying safe on the road, to make eye contact with other road users so that you know they have seen you
  • Ride away from the gutter to stay safe. If the road is narrow, move to the middle of the lane, as long as it is safe to do so and checking your blinds spots before pulling out. You will be safer in the middle of the lane on a narrow road so that you are not overtaken dangerously
  • Observe traffic lights – you can be fined £30 for riding through a red light
  • Wherever possible, use cycle lanes and designated advanced stop lines at traffic lights
  • Use the appropriate hand signals to indicate to fellow road users when you wish to turn left or right
  • Wear a helmet
  • Use lights on your bicycle after dark – lights are required both front and back so that you can see where you are going and other road users and pedestrians can also see you. If you do not use lights, you might be fined £30

Advice for drivers

Cyclists also have the same rights on the road that you do and it is good to remember that you are sharing the road with them.  Cyclists are far more vulnerable than car and van users, so be mindful of them when you are around them and stay safe. 

  • Always check you mirrors before turning – cyclists can appear in unexpected places quickly 
  • If you are unsure of the intentions of another road user, including cyclists, hang back a safe distance
  • Check blind spots regularly so you are aware of the road situation around you
  • When exiting the vehicle, be sure to check your mirrors before opening the door, so that you do not have a collision with a cyclist. Also, tuck in your wing mirrors if possible so that any potential damage to your car and the cyclist while you are away from your car is reduced 
  • Make sure that you read the road ahead – do not attempt to overtake a cyclist if the road ahead bends or narrows. Hang back safely and wait till you have space to overtake
  • When overtaking cyclists, be sure not to overtake them in an aggressive manner or sound your horn – this will take your attention away from the road and also startle the cyclist
  • At roundabouts, give way to your right as you would normally – this also means to you have to give way to cyclists coming from this right
  • Never park in cycle lanes. Not only will you be forcing cyclists into the road and potentially a difficult situation, it’s an offence. 
  • Give cyclists, and other road users more space and time in wet conditions as the road will be slippery 

Image credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Cyclists_at_Hyde_Park_corner_roundabout_in_London.jpg 

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