When overtaking cyclists, give plenty of space. You may not be able to overtake cyclists straightaway and will probably need to move into the other lane.
This is particularly relevant for fast rural single carriageways. Often they have speed limits of 50mph, but this speed limits can be inappropriate.
Sometimes, you may have to slow down and wait.
Make sure it’s safe to overtake. Often you see near misses from cars determined not to slow down.
How much space should you give a cyclist?
- Three feet. Three feet minimum is a good rule of thumb
- As much room as you would want, if you were the cyclist. If you’ve ever been overtaken at 70mph by a car with a foot to spare, you would always have quite different approach to overtaking cyclists.
- If a cyclist had to swerve to avoid a pothole – would you be able to avoid the cyclist?
- 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)”
Too close. This is quite intimidating to cyclist.