1 Is your car journey really necessary? Would it be cheaper, easier, safer, and pleasanter if you walked or cycled or travelled by bus?
2 Allow plenty of clearance when passing a cyclist, the same distance you would allow for a car – and then some. Why? Cars don’t wobble, cyclists do. Fact of life. Potholes, crap on the highway and other obstacles have a greater effect on a bike than on a car.
3 Don’t think that because you see a bike ahead you must pass it at all costs. Only overtake when it is safe to do so.
4 There are complaints about cyclists riding without lights at night. Not a good thing to do, I agree, but what about drivers who fail to dip their lights and dazzle cyclists and pedestrians. Much worse and more likely to cause an accident.
5 The advance stop lines at traffic lights are there for the use of cyclists – not for drivers in a hurry who want to get away fastest when the lights change. It surprises me how many drivers don’t seem to know this.
6 Don’t park on the pavement. (American readers amend this to “sidewalk” – i.e. the part of the highway reserved for pedestrians.) If there isn’t room to park on the road, then go somewhere else, don’t force pedestrians into the carriageway.
7 Remember that a cyclist has as much right to be on the road as a car driver. A cyclist – or for that matter a pedestrian – is allowed to proceed along any road except a motorway. You can legally walk along a busy A road with a speed limit of 60 mph and no footway, pushing a pram and leading a dog. Foolhardy maybe, but not illegal.
8 If you use your horn, use it sensibly. No use blasting at a cyclist when you are already alongside, all that is likely to do is to cause a timid rider to swerve and perhaps fall.
9 Be especially careful on country lanes. No footway, no lights, sometimes blind bends and often the national speed limit, plus the chance of a piece of heavy farm machinery or a herd of cows coming towards you.
10 Get a life, get a bike!
In a car you’re bound and fettered
But a bike can not be bettered
As a way to get yourself from A to B
So I beg you, do not drive
Breathe fresh air and come alive
Get on your bike and come and ride along with me.