Sharing the Road Together: Drivers and Cyclists
Also available to download: Sharing the Road Together: Drivers and Cyclists (PdF): http://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/sharing-the-road.pdf
Cycling is a fantastic way to get and stay fit. Regular cycling can also help you lose weight and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. People who cycle regularly in mid adulthood typically have a fitness level of someone 10 years younger, and a life expectancy two years above average. Yet, over half the people questioned in a RoSPA survey* said that they don’t cycle, with the main reasons being ‘concerns around the safety of road cycling’ and ‘concerns about drivers treating them badly’.
Whether you are a driver, cyclist or both, by understanding other road users can help your anticipation and forward planning skills and ability to take evasive action, leading to safer roads and less conflict between road users.
Misunderstanding is a major cause of conflict. Some cyclists feel threatened by inconsiderate driving and close overtaking. Whilst some drivers can’t understand why cyclists at times ride in the middle of the road, or ride two abreast. The information contained within these pages will help to clear up some of these mysteries.
*RoSPA Safer Cycling YouGov -February 2015