Sharing the road safely

The main thing to know is that it’s everyone’s responsibility to use the road safely.

And it’s not just the common-sense stuff like ‘drive to the speed limit’ – or ‘pass cars on the right’ – it’s more about using the road at a speed that’s safe for the environment and the conditions.

Considering your road position

If you’re cycling in town, it’s important to ride in a position where you can see and be seen.

And if you’re a driver approaching a vulnerable road user (such as a cyclist or motorcyclist) – it’s best to slow down and adjust your road position accordingly. This way you’ll give yourself more time to react to any unexpected hazards.

Introducing the ‘Dutch Reach’

Sharing the road comes with many dangers. And if you’re a cyclist, one thing you’re always looking out for is ‘car dooring’ – where vehicles open their doors without checking for passing bikes.

The ‘Dutch Reach’ calls for people to open their doors with the arm furthest away from the door so that they turn around to see what’s immediately behind them to avoid injuring cyclists.

Taking care of all road users

New research reveals over a third of people in Scotland (34%) rush through town if they’re running late for work, with more than half (58%) admitting to taking risks when travelling in built-up areas such as jumping amber lights (19%) and travelling over the speed limit (19%) in a bid to be ‘on time’1.

With two-thirds of people walking as a method of travel at least once a week and cycling on the rise, these figures highlight how important it is for all road users to take greater care and consideration when travelling in built-up areas2.

Sources:
1Transport Scotland – Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2015
2Transport and Travel in Scotland 2014