cycling road safety

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.


At night

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.

In groups

• 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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