Sharing the Road Together

In life knowing and understanding one another point of view and the actions we take and why is important. The statements below summarise some of the key things important to both drivers and cyclists:

Cyclists would like drivers to know:

  • They feel threatened by inconsiderate driving
  • They need to keep away from the gutter to avoid pot holes and debris
  • They feel exposed when turning right
  • They feel very threatened by close overtaking
  • They are not deliberately trying to get in your way and slow you down
  • When they are riding in the middle of their lane, this is so they can see and be seen better, and often because there isn’t room for drivers to overtake them safely
  • Large vehicles pose a very high risk to them, especially when the vehicle turns left at the junction

Drivers would like cyclists to know:

  • They find it very difficult to see cyclists who don’t use lights at night*
  • They get annoyed when cyclists ignore traffic lights
  • They get dazzled when very bright cycle lights are not adjusted correctly
  • They get annoyed when cyclists ride two abreast (even though it’s not illegal)
  • They sometimes find it difficult to predict what a cyclist is going to do
  • They don’t always understand why cyclists sometimes ride in the middle of the lane
  • When driving large vehicles, they find it very difficult to see cyclists on their nearside, even with all their extra mirrors

*The Highway Code:
At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.

Sharing the Road Together

Sharing the Road Together


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