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Be Aware of Cyclists

Last updated  21 May 2018

In 2011, 92% of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions with another vehicle, usually a car. Drivers are also cyclists - 1 in 5 drivers cycle at least once a month and 80% of cyclists hold a driving licence, so take care around cyclists, it could be you next time!

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Advice for drivers:

  • Always look out for cyclists, especially when turning – make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them;
  • Use your indicators to signal your intentions so that cyclists can react;
  • Give cyclists at least half a car’s width when passing. If there isn’t enough room to pass, hold back, cyclists might need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened unexpectedly;
  • Always check for cyclists when you open your car door;
  • Avoid driving over advanced stop lines – these allow cyclists to get in front and increase their visibility;
  • Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.

Advice for cyclists:

  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show other drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you;
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen. If you can’t see their mirrors, they won’t see you;
  • Always ensure you have your lights on when its dark or when visibility is poor;
  • Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark to increase your ability to be seen;
  • Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights;
  • THINK! (the national road safety campaign) recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations. 

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