Road Positioning

Drivers

Sharing the Road Together

Cyclists are trained to ride away from the gutter where there may be debris and grid covers.

In normal conditions, a cyclist will ride in what is known as the ‘secondary position’, approximately 1/3 into the carriageway.

However, sometimes they will need to ride further out in what is called the ‘primary position’, to improve visibility or to deter drivers from squeezing past where the road narrows, for example at a pedestrian island. Whilst riding in the primary position a cyclist will be in the middle of the road between the kerb and centre line.

Tip When you see a cyclist move out, remember they are trained to do this to protect themselves and are not doing it to deliberately hold you up. They will move back into the secondary position when it is safe.

Tip be patient and hold back for a few moments.

Cyclists

Assuming the correct road position is key to staying safe.

Tip Don’t ride in the gutter; there may be debris and grid covers, and it will encourage drivers to squeeze past you even if there isn’t enough room.

Tip In normal conditions; ride in the ‘secondary position’, approximately 1/3 into the carriageway.

Tip Ride in the ‘primary position’, which is in the middle of your lane when you need to improve your visibility or discourage drivers from squeezing past where the road narrows.

Tip Try not to hold up drivers unnecessarily; move back into the secondary position when it is safe to do so.

Cycle Lanes

Drivers

Cycle Lanes are not always continuous and the cyclist will have to re-enter traffic. When this happens give the rider plenty of room to merge with the traffic flow.

Cyclists

When you have to re-join the road from a cycle lane, check that you can safely enter the traffic flow first. Have a good look over your right shoulder.


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