Cycle Safety

Cycle Safety

Top Tips and Advice for Drivers and Cyclists


  • Give cyclists plenty of room when you pass them – the Highway Code rule 213 (2007 edition) states that “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 ’’
  • The Highway Code further defines this distance in rule 163 (2007 edition) as “…at least as  much room as you would give a car …”
  • This is particularly pertinent to Highland roads which often have uneven, broken and/or potholed verges.
  • On the Continent and other countries such as Australia and the USA, ‘plenty of room‘ is not left to the driver’s interpretation but is usually defined as 1.5m (3 feet in USA)   There are often signs on popular cycling roads reminding motorists about this safety advice such as those here.  If 1.5m is not possible, such as if you find yourself head on with a cyclist on a single track road because one of you has missed a passing place, slow down and give the cyclist as much room as you can; you may have to slow down to a walking pace or even stop, as may the cyclist.
  • A good resource with further advice and videos about minimum overtaking distances:  Read this
  • Cyclists also have a responsibility to use suitable passing places to allow motorised traffic to pass. Cyclists should not delay other vehicles any longer than is necessary for their own safety

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