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Do Cyclists Have The Right Of Way?

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Changes to the Highway Code mean that cyclists now have more rights on the road. In this guide, we’re looking at the rules that drivers should follow when sharing the road with cyclists. This will help you be prepared and keep both you and your fellow road users safe.

Do cyclists have priority over cars?

Cyclists are second only to pedestrians on the new road user hierarchy. This means that they are classed as vulnerable and should be given priority by all motorised vehicle drivers.

  • Overtaking cyclists

    Drivers travelling at speeds of up to 30mph should leave at least 1.5m, or 5ft, when overtaking cyclists. If travelling at higher speeds, you should leave more space.

    When travelling in groups, cyclists are now permitted to ride two abreast. This means you will need to take extra care should you decide to overtake. Make sure there’s plenty of room between your vehicle and the cyclists and that the road ahead is clear of oncoming traffic. Passing slowly is best.

  • Right of way at junctions

    When cyclists are going straight ahead at a junction, they have priority over traffic waiting to turn into or out of a side road, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise.

  • Roundabouts

    Drivers should take extra care when entering roundabouts to make sure they do not cut across the path of cyclists.

Cyclists should still do their bit to make roads safer. They should make themselves as visible as possible by riding in the centre of lanes on quiet roads, in slower-moving traffic and when approaching junctions. They should also take care to leave enough distance between the curb and parked vehicles.

Our intensive driving school near Stevenage will ensure you’re familiar and confident with the rules of the road in no time.

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