Safety tips for shar­ing roads with cy­clists

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

SUM­MER is here and many of us will be tak­ing to the streets and coun­try roads with our bi­cy­cles to make the most of the sun­shine.

This week’s tips give ad­vice on shar­ing the road with cy­clists from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man. Leave enough room. When rid­ing or driv­ing leave enough room be­tween you and the cy­clist, you never know when you have to stop and you want to make sure there is enough space in the event of any­thing un­ex­pected hap­pen­ing

Some po­lice forces are en­forc­ing 1.5 me­ters as the min­i­mum pass­ing width but the eas­i­est way to re­mem­ber is to treat the cy­clist as you would a car. Give them space and treat the 1.5m as a min­i­mum.

Fol­low the High­way Code.

If you are un­sure as to what to do around cy­clists on the road, hav­ing a look at the High­way Code so you know what is ex­pected of your­self and the cy­clist will be of great ben­e­fit to you.

Have a dou­ble look open­ing your car door af­ter park­ing.

This also goes for do­ing sharp turns around cor­ners and in blind spots. Cy­clists can some­times be in un­ex­pected places. Take your time. Don’t lose your hair and lose your tem­per wait­ing for a cy­clist on the road. Act­ing ir­ra­tionally leads to un­nec­es­sary road rage and ac­ci­dents that could be easy avoided.

Be care­ful when over­tak­ing groups of cy­clists and en­sure you can see well ahead be­fore attempting an over­take.

Richard said: “Cy­cling has never been so pop­u­lar and shar­ing the road safely is the key to en­sur­ing we all get to en­joy what sum­mer weather we get. Cy­clists don’t have a safety cell of metal, seat­belts and airbags around them so the onus has to be on the driver to look out for the most vul­ner­a­ble on our roads. Giv­ing them a bit more time and a lot more space will make life eas­ier for all of us.”

Cy­clists are more likely to hit the roads in sum­mer

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