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Cyclists and Their Safety

Posted on 14 October 2016
Cyclists and Their Safety

The number of cyclists seriously injured has increased in recent years, faster than the increase in the number of cyclists out on the roads. With the increase of tourism in the North Coast, and the increase in the number of cyclists, we would like to remind everyone (drivers & cyclists) of their own responsibility when they’re on the road. Below are some tips for both parties.

Tips For Drivers

  1. Look out for cyclists, especially when turning - make eye contact if possible so they know you've seen them.Use your indicators - signal your intentions so that cyclists can react. 
  2. Do not attempt to cut in quickly in front of cyclists.Give cyclists plenty of space when overtaking them, leaving as much room as you would give a car. 
  3. If there isn't sufficient space to pass, hold back. Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it's windy or if a car door is opened.
  4. Always check for cyclists when you open your car door.Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to get to the front and increase their visibility. 
  5. You must stop at the first white line if the lights are amber or red and allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.
  6. Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop' and ‘give way' signs and traffic lights.

For further information check the Rules For Road Users in the Highway Code - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/road-users-requiring-extra-...

Tips For Cyclists

  1. Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb - look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
  2. Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
  3. Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
  4. Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility.
  5. Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop' and ‘give way' signs and traffic lights.
  6. Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.
  7. Never ride more than two abreast.

For further information check the Rules For Cyclists in the Highway Code - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82