Information for cyclists

Motorists and cyclists both have a right to use Britain's roads - a right to safe and enjoyable travel. Both share a responsibility to understand each other's needs - and to respond positively.


What motorists would like cyclists to know


1. Motorists get upset if cyclists ride without lights at night, ignore red traffic lights or hop on and off the pavement.


2. Motorists usually travel faster than cyclists and may have less time to take account of hazards.


3. Motorists may not always see cyclists.


4. Motorists are made uneasy when cyclists seem hesitant, move out suddenly or wobble around potholes.


5. Motorists can feel delayed by cyclists.


6. Motorists don't always understand that some road surfaces, junctions or traffic conditions cause problems for cyclists.


What cyclists can do


1. Follow the Highway Code.


  • Jump red lights.
  • Ride on pavements (unless they are shared paths).
  • Ride the wrong way in one-way streets (unless signs say that cyclists are permitted to do so).
  • Ride across pedestrian crossings.


2. Think ahead. Anticipate drivers' actions. Catch their eye.


3. Be visible. Ride well clear of the kerb, wear bright clothing, and always use lights after dark or in poor daytime visibility.


4. Show drivers what you plan to do. Always look and signal before you start, stop or turn. Ride a straight line past parked cars rather than dodge between them.


5. Move over, when it's safe and convenient. Two-abreast is often OK, but try not to hold up other traffic.


6. Ride positively and decisively. It helps motorists to understand what you plan to do.


The information for this page has been taken from the Think Road Safety website and we acknowledge any copyright.

Further information and advice about riding a motorcycle can be found at the Think! and the Highway Code websites.