Show me your intentions
• I can be more sure of your intentions if you are consistent and predictable. If your road position remains the same – when possible – and your body movement is calm, it suggests to me that you are concentrating and in control.
• If you need to adjust your road position, look over your shoulder if you can and indicate your intentions to move.
• You don’t have indicators – use your hands and arms to make bold confident signals for 3-5 seconds at a time, well before you intend to change position or turn.
• Wearing earphones suggests that the call or the music is more important to you than your own safety. I would like to know that you are concentrating on the road and not listening to music and you are able to hear me approaching you.
Stop, Go & Filter
• When you are about to move off, look over your shoulder – it tells me you’re going.
• Be cautious when you filter through traffic; I can change lanes, adjust my speed, turn or even open doors. And be aware that larger vehicles can also swing out before turning.
• It is difficult for me to see you if you filter past the nearside of my vehicle. It might be safer to pass on my offside, where I have a better view through my right hand wing mirror.
• Please consider wearing reflective clothing. Reflective patches or logos on the moving parts of your body show up particularly well.
• Use good quality lights front and rear and check that they work.
• The latest LED front lights are very powerful, please check that they are not dazzling me.
• It would be helpful, where appropriate, if you could move into single file, or spread out into smaller groups so that I can pass more safely.
What drivers want cyclists to know . . .
I want to see you
• Help me to see you, consider wearing bright colours.
• I have blind spots and the bigger my vehicle is, the larger the blind spots are. Think – if you can’t see my mirrors … I can’t see you. Position yourself so I can see you.
• You are smaller and narrower than other vehicles I expect to see. If I am sitting at a T junction, even a bollard can obscure my view of you. You can make it easier for me to see you by cycling away from the kerb.
• Use good quality lights front and rear at night and in low light levels. Check that they work every day you cycle.
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