Overtaking Cyclists Safely

overtaking cyclists safely

We’re not teaching you to suck eggs here but the amount of cyclists that are knocked off their bikes each year in this country is on the increase.

 

Yes, we can relate to your frustrations when cyclists aren’t quite behaving how we believe they should, when they’re riding side-by-side rather than behind one another and we all know there will be that slow cyclist on-route the day we’re running late for that important meeting. All that said, we should all make an effort to drive with due care and attention.

 

Although there is no law stating exactly what distance a cyclist should be passed at, using common sense and waiting until it is safe to pass is the correct thing to do.

 

The Highway Code states the following when passing cyclists on UK roads:

 

Rule 162:
Before overtaking you should make sure

  • the road is sufficiently clear ahead
  • there is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake

 

Rule 163:
Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should

  • not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake
  • move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake. Allow plenty of room. Move back to the left as soon as you can but do not cut in
  • give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you  would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211-215)

 

So there you have it, follow the rules of the Highway Code and we can all sleep at night knowing we’ll all be a little safer on the roads.

 

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