There are more cars, buses and lorries on our roads than ever before. Space is at a premium. Cyclists take up less room than cars and are vulnerable road users. Hitting the road at 20 mph if you get knocked off a bike can be a traumatic experience for both motorist and cyclist. These Ten Steps are a mix of guidance from our Road Safety Team, The Highway Code and advice from the Police.
1.Give cyclists space – at least half cars’ width when passing.
2.Use your mirrors, especially your nearside mirror when making a left turn.
3.Be aware that cyclist can travel as quickly as a car in urban areas, so leave plenty of space before making a manoeuvre that will cut across the path of cyclists.
4. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable.
5.Use your indicators.
6.When turning, give way to any vehicles using a bus lane or cycle lane from either direction.
7.Do not encroach into advance stops line areas provided for cyclists.
8.Cyclist can make sudden manoeuvres to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as draincovers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room.
9.When approaching a roundabout, be aware of cyclist who may stay in the left-hand lane and signal right if they intend to continue round the roundabout.
10.Always look out for cyclists when emerging from junctions.
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