What drivers can do to be more cyclist aware
Chris Gidney November 10, 2011
Before we begin, this isn’t an anti-driving post. We’re not lambasting drivers. As much as drivers need to be more cyclist-aware, follow road rules and drive safely, vice versa also applies!
Here are our top tips to help cyclists and car drivers avoid conflict on our roads.
Cyclists have a right to claim the lane
Cyclists have as much right as you do to take up the entire lane. You may think they’re being utterly selfish by doing so, but in fact they’re preventing having an accident. They really aren’t trying to slow you down, it’s just the safest way for them to cycle particularly if there’s a blind bend, a narrowing of the road, a high risk junction, pinch point or traffic lights ahead. Additionally if there’s a narrowing of the road, they’re stopping you squeezing through far too cosily beside them.
Cyclists should never cycle in the gutter because it gives no room for avoiding obstacles and leaves them no room to fall if an accident occurs, meaning they could go straight under your wheels – which isn’t terribly good for either party.