Model the behaviour you expect from others
I’m stuck in a long line of traffic and I can’t see the front.
I bet it’s a rental car doing 30kmh in a 70kmh zone.
We start to get some momentum and I’m wrong.
Two cyclists are slowing us down. They could have gone single file and at the very least waved as we went past, acknowledging our patience.
There’s something for both sides to take from this I would suggest.
I understand you want to ride next to each other and have a chat, but remember keep to the left side of the road as much as practicable and ride next to your mate only when it’s safe to do so.
And a friendly wave goes a long way. There will be places where there is just not enough room for everyone at once.
When the road ahead is clear, try and pass giving the cyclist some space.
At least 1.5 metres is the recommended distance.
If it’s not safe due to oncoming traffic, then be patient and wait for the right opportunity.
Sitting behind a slow moving tractor, you would wait and make sure the way is clear before passing, right?
Somehow we change our thinking about bikes.
Trying to squeeze in between the bike and the oncoming vehicle is how someone gets hurt.
The person on the bike is not just a cyclist; they are someone’s son or daughter out there trying to get fit or on their way to school. Be courteous and give them some room.
I could write pages on the rules around cyclists and motorists, but at the end of the day we need to give each other respect.
Model the behaviour that you would expect from others.