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Monday, 09 November 2009
Cycling on Pilgrim’s Way


It’s good to see a car patiently following a bicycle down our narrow lanes, at a distance, as this one was.  Cycling Info reminds us to give cyclists room:

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)”

Highway code

“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.

Posted by bigblue on 09/11/2009 at 05:38 PM
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