lex Bowden May 26 2017
A survey of drivers carried out by eBikes Direct has found that many are becoming enraged through lack of understanding of cyclists’ rights on the roads. While 39 per cent confessed to having become angry with a cyclist, sizeable percentages had misconceptions about what cyclists are and aren’t allowed to do.
BikeBiz reports that 81 per cent of the 1,000 drivers questioned believe that cyclists are required to remain on the left-hand side of the lane. 65 per cent believe that cyclists are required to use a cycle lane if there is one and 53 per cent expressed the incorrect belief that cyclists are not allowed on dual carriageways.
As many as 73 per cent of those questioned said that cyclists were not allowed to ride two abreast on the road – a figure that rose to 92 per cent for Londoners.
Other mistaken beliefs included 42 per cent who think that electric bikes aren’t allowed on both cycle lanes and roads and 56.5 per cent who do not believe an electric bike rider is allowed to overtake a car.
“A lack of knowledge about cyclists’ rights on our roads is leading to altercations and accidents,” said Matt Flanagan from eBikes Direct. “In order for us to all stay safe and happy on our roads, it’s vital that we equip ourselves with the right information.”
The survey found that 55 per cent of drivers believe that laws should be passed demanding that cyclists have insurance to ride on the road.
There was also an indication why the Dutch Reach is being widely advocated with 35 per cent saying they do not check behind them when opening their car door.