Model the be­hav­iour you ex­pect from oth­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SERGEANT CHRIS BROOKS

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.

Sound fa­mil­iar?

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.

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