Simon MacMichael June 19 2018
The issue of how cyclists should overtake horses safely has been under the spotlight this week following the footage posted by a horse rider to Facebook of participants in the Windsor Triathlon passing her at speed, one hitting her and her horse as he passed on the inside.
The incident is the subject of a police investigation and organisers Human Race have pledged to try and identify those responsible, saying they will ban them from all future events that they organise as well as passing their details on to British Triathlon.
The vast majority of comments on social media have been supportive of the horse rider and critical of the cyclists, and it’s an opportune time not only to take a refresher on not only what the Highway Code says about overtaking horses, but also to look at what is considered best practice.
Many people reacting to the story have pointed out that like cyclists, horse riders too are considered vulnerable road users, a point reinforced by the British Horse Society (BHS) in a leaflet (link is external)it issued in 2016 entitled Code of Conduct for Horse Riders and Cyclists, which is also endorsed by British Cycling (link is external).