what matters most

J Bewley/sustrans

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What cyclists want drivers to know.

Not ‘just’ road users

• Most cyclists are nice people who want to share the road.

• Consider how vulnerable I am. A minor bump is an inconvenience for you, but could result in serious injury to me.

• Many cyclists are also drivers; sometimes, we choose to cycle.

I want you to see me

• I am not so easy to see, so take time to look carefully for me, especially at junctions and roundabouts as this is where many collisions involving cyclists occur.

• Before you open a door, check your mirror and look over your shoulder, otherwise you might cause me to collide with the door or swerve into traffic.

• When waiting to pull out of a side road check there is plenty of space before you do, I may be travelling faster than you expect.

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Driver distractions

• Please don’t allow yourself to be distracted by phone calls, music, passengers, map reading, snacks etc. Our roads are too busy to concentrate on anything but driving ... or cycling.

Overtaking

• Please be patient if you need to overtake me. Wait until you have the room and time to complete the manoeuvre, particularly if your view is restricted by a bend or brow of a hill.

• Don’t make your decision too early; slow down, approach cautiously and pick your moment.

• Before you pass, check your mirrors, indicate and leave plenty of space between us.

• If you need to cross the central white lines, never assume oncoming vehicles will move over or have the space to do so.

• Please don’t overtake me when approaching a junction or a hazard and I am preparing to stop because I need more braking space then you.

• On narrow roads it advisable to cycle in the middle of the lane, be patient until there is sufficient space to pass.

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Know the Highway Code

• I may choose to ride on the road instead of using a cycle path. This could be for a number of reasons, including my view that the road is a safer place for me to be. The Highway Code says this is okay.

• At night, please dip you headlights when passing from the opposite direction; your high beam will dazzle my eyes the same as anyone else’s.

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