The number of cyclists on our roads continues to increase, whether for fun, fitness or commuting it’s important we look out for each other.
Here are a few tips for sharing the road as a driver and a cyclist:
See them! Make eye contact if possible so cyclists know you’ve seen them, paying particular attention when turning or approaching a junction
Indicate – let cyclists know what you’re going to do, in plenty of time
Give them space, especially when over taking. If there’s not enough space, hold back or do not tailgate. Cyclists may need to make sudden manoeuvre if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a vehicle door is opened
Check your mirrors before opening your vehicle door
The Highway Code applies to all road users – you must stop and give way for cyclists
Be seen! Light and reflective clothing should be worn in the day, with reflective clothing, lights and other accessories in the dark or when visibility is poor
Indicate – let other road users know your intention by signalling, especially when turning. Eye contact with other road users can help to make sure they’ve seen you
Give them space, especially when cycling near parked vehicles or passing large vehicles such as lorries or buses. Avoid passing or riding up the inside of large vehicles and hang back at junctions or areas where you might not be seen
The Highway Code applies to all road users – observe stop and give way signs and traffic lights
You should wear a secure, undamaged and correctly fitted helmet
Do not cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path
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