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Tips for sharing the road with cyclists

All road users - car drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, tricylists, unicyclists (not sure that's legal) and pedestrians - deserve to be safe.

But for cyclists in particular, busy roads can be incredibly dangerous. In London alone, 27,167 cyclists were injured and 132 killed in 2013. That's not OK.

You can help cyclists stay safe by following a few simple rules.

  1. In traffic

    Keep a watchful eye out for cyclists in slow moving or stationary traffic. Because they can cycle alongside the traffic, you need to check that left mirror before moving.

  2. When overtaking

    It's perfectly fine to overtake a cyclist - sometimes they'll even help you out by signalling the road is clear ahead.

    Just make sure you give them as much space as you would overtaking a car, bearing in mind that they might have to swerve out to avoid a pothole or other hazard.

  3. When turning left

    You know the drill: Mirrors - Signal - Manoeuvre. When you're turning left, you must check your left mirror to make sure a cyclist hasn't pulled up alongside you.

  4. At junctions

    Cyclists can be super speedy, so make sure you definitely have time to turn if you're just ahead of a cyclist. If in doubt, let them go first. You can always overtake when it's safe.

You're not the most important thing on the road.
Cyclists and pedestrians have just as much right to be safe.


Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .