We all share a responsibility to not only abide by the road rules, but act in a way that helps keep every road user safe while interacting with the road.
In protecting the safety of our cyclists, for drivers this means accepting that bikes are permitted on the road and that we can all coexist safely.
As drivers, the below tips can help increase our awareness of cyclists;
- Consistently scan the road for cyclists.
- Look for cyclists when turning or entering an intersection and give way as you would for any other vehicle.
- Drivers are required to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist at 60km/h or less, and 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.
Research suggests that the majority of crashes between cyclists and motor vehicles are caused by an error on the part of the driver, often failing to see the cyclist.
Research also shows that drivers who consistently look for cyclists are more likely to detect them, while drivers who are not looking for cyclists may not detect them.