Cyclists are among the most vulnerable on the roads. Drivers need to understand their vulnerability and how to share the road with them safely.
- Always look for cyclists especially at junctions.
- Always check your mirrors and blind spots for cyclists whether you are moving or stationary.
- Legally, a cyclist can use the entire lane.
- Usually, a cyclist will take a mid lane position to deter overtaking at vulnerable locations like narrow road, junctions and blind bends.
- Cyclists may not always give a hand signal as they need both hands for steering and braking.
- Always wait if you are unsure of their intention, wait for them to make their manoeuvre.
- Overtake a cyclist in the same way your would another vehicle.
- Give cyclists at least 1.5m clearance in slow moving traffic. At higher speeds or in bad weather a full car width is recommended.
- Plan ahead and wait until it is safe to overtake.
- Do not overtake near a junction, pedestrian crossing or roundabout.
- Never overtake just before a left turn you plan to take.
- Rule 66 of the Highway Code allows cyclists to ride side by side.
Road positioning and general driving
- Even if there is a cycle path or cycle lane, sometimes cyclists need to be on another part of the road to make a turn or make themselves visible.
- Concentrate on your driving at all times. Cycling feels hazardous when drivers are too close so please give cyclists space and be patient.