enough room to fall off
One of the biggest irritations when cycling is cars that pass too closely when overtaking. The danger of close passing is heightened when the car / van is travelling quickly.
The Highway code states:
“give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211-215)”
“As much room as a car” leaves some discretion, but, I would have thought three feet would be a good minimum. My grandma used to think the law was enough space for cyclist to fall off, without hitting the overtaking car. The highway code doesn’t quite say that but it seems a good rule of thumb.
“Motorcyclists and cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make.”
This is an interesting one, as sometimes, if you deviate less than one foot from your line an overtaking car will beep aggressively. True, you should be looking over your shoulder, but, if a small deviation from line causes consternation, it is probably because the car is passing too closely.
Close, but, coach was travelling slowly; have certainly seen alot worse. But, this is a blind spot for drivers.
I have had cars / vans / buses pass so closely if my arm was signalling right, it would have been hit.
You often get the feeling motorists aren’t even aware that might be anything wrong, they just see cyclists as another piece of road furniture to be avoided like a static bollard.
If the road narrows and a motorist feels to squeeze by, at least they should slow down. If nothing else you have less chance of killing someone at slower speeds.
Give Me Three Seconds
Motor cars are very convenient, they enable people to get exactly where they want to go quicker than most other forms of transport. If you have to wait an extra three seconds to safely pass a cyclist / horse rider is it such an inconvenience? Drivers who are patient and give cyclists space seem the most likely to be happy and smile at you. It is those who squeeze past you who look miserable. If you allow an extra couple of minutes to drive somewhere it creates a much better experience.
But Cyclists Don’t Wear A Cycle Helmet / Should Pay Road tax
Would you overtake a pedestrian at 40mph with a foot to spare? Do pedestrians pay road tax? Do pedestrians wear a helmet? (Should cyclists pay road tax?)
This bus overtook this lady but gave far too little space. She is forced on to kerb. It is especially important for buses and lorries as they have blind spot on inside of coach. It is a high risk area for cyclists.
Cyclists shouldn’t undertake
It is important motorists give cyclist room, cyclists should also avoid overtaking on the underside.