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.