Sharing the road with cyclists
Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on the road as other road users. Motorists can make it easier and safer for cyclists to ride on the road if they follow these tips.
When you overtake a cyclist ensure you give them lots of room. Be patient as you approach and only overtake when safe.
Check for cyclists
Check your blind spots for cyclists before changing course, turning or opening your car door.
Give way when required
Treat cyclists like any other vehicle – give way when required and travel at a safe following distance.
Wait until it's safe before overtaking a cyclist. It won't hold you up long and it could save their life. If a cyclist is ahead of you and you are turning left, turn behind the cyclist. Overtaking and cutting off a cyclist is extremely dangerous.
Take extra care at night and in the wet
Watch out for cyclists at night, dawn or dusk. Be considerate and dip your headlights when approaching a cyclist. Wet weather means oily, slippery roads and poor visibility for all road users so be especially careful around cyclists at these times.
Look out for kids on bikes
Especially around schools and places where children might be riding bikes. Many crashes between bikes and cars involve children. Young cyclists are not always predictable and can lack road sense. Please be careful! Give them extra space when passing and slow down around schools.
Cyclists are legitimate road users – treat them with respect and courtesy. That cyclist in front of you is somebody's father, mother, girlfriend, husband, child, niece, nephew, or best friend – it pays to take care.
Remember, most adult cyclists also own a car and pay registration. By choosing to ride instead of drive, cyclists are benefiting everyone by reducing traffic congestion, pollution and road wear.