Junctions and Roundabouts

Both drivers and cyclists need to take extra care at and near junctions

Drivers

75% of collisions involving a bike happen at a junction, with the most common reason being drivers ‘failing to look properly’.

When a driver does not see a cyclist who is in plain view, it is often because they simply did not have a good look for long enough, or because they were not expecting to see a cyclist (‘looked but did not see’).

To help reduce the chances of this happening, when you get to a junction, stop or slow down. Then look once, look twice and look again for the cyclist.

Sharing the Road Together

Tip If a cyclist seems to be staring at you, they are not being aggressive. Cyclists try to make eye contact to make sure that you have seen them.

Tip You have spotted the cyclist (great). Avoid the temptation to pull out in front of them; the cyclist may be going faster than you think and have to brake heavily to avoid a collision

Advanced stop lines Advanced stop lines for cyclists are used at many traffic light junctions to create a safe and more visible location for the rider ahead of the traffic.

Tip Avoid crossing the advanced stop line and don’t stop in the cyclist stopping area.

Cyclists

Failing to look properly is also a common mistake made by cyclists, and contributes to 42% of cyclist collisions at junctions.

Tip Don’t assume that a driver has seen you, or even if they have, that they will wait for you to go past. Be ready to stop or take avoiding action if a driver pulls out.

Tip Collisions also happen at junctions when cyclists waiting to pull out, miss-judge the approaching vehicle’s speed.

Tip When turning across or joining fast moving traffic give yourself plenty of space and time to safely make that manoeuvre.

Tip If waiting ahead of an HGV remember that immediately in front of the cab is one of the driver’s blind spots and he may not have seen you.

Tip If intending to turn left maintain your lane position, don’t be in the gutter as this may convince the driver that there is room to squeeze past.


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