Leave Space When Overtaking Cyclists
Drivers, overtaking a cyclist can be dangerous. Be patient and overtake only when there is plenty of room available. 1.5m is the suggested safe distance. Let’s share the road.
Drivers should check behind them in the mirror and over their shoulder to check for cyclists and other road users before opening doors, to avoid opening it in their path.
We advise opening the door with the hand furthest from the handle. This will force you to look behind.
Cyclists have the right to leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles to avoid the risk of dooring.
Avoid left-hooking: Drivers should not overtake a cyclist immediately before turning, as a cyclist could get trapped. Drivers must use their indicators to clearly show their intentions to other road users, and frequently look in their mirrors to check for cyclists, to ensure that turning or changing lanes is safe.
Respect the speed limit
Respect the speed limit: Drivers must always respect the speed limit. Speed limits should not be treated as a target; it is often unsafe to drive at the maximum speed limit. Drivers should reduce their speed when sharing the road with cyclists. They should also pay attention when sharrows are visible on the road. These are narrow lanes for cyclists when they must share space with other vehicles.
Respect cycle lanes and cyclists’ rights
Respect cycle lanes and cyclists’ rights: Drivers should never obstruct designated cycle lanes by driving or parking on them. Cyclists have as much right to use the road and should be given the right of way at junctions and roundabouts. Cyclists may use the full lane when approaching an intersection, roundabout or when overtaking, and have the right to use bus lanes where this is indicated.