Look out for cyclists and make allowances for the differences between your means of travel and theirs. The younger they are the more closely you should watch them and be ready to slow down or stop. A cyclist glancing round is a signal to you that he may be going to move out or turn.

Cycles are much less easy to see than larger vehicles and their riders have the same rights to consideration as other road users and are more vulnerable. Drivers (especially of long vehicles or of vehicles towing trailers ) should leave plenty of room for cyclists.

Cyclists may make sudden sideways movements -- give them plenty of room when you pass them.

Cyclists are affected by cross-winds, particularly at side turnings, near tall buildings or at such places as low bridges.

In headwinds or in wet weather cyclists tend to keep their heads down. This creates risk; be alert for it and for the danger of cyclists skidding ( side-slipping ) on smooth wet surfaces.

Cyclists going uphill have difficulty. Be ready for them to slow down or to stop and get off.

Cyclists with bulky loads -- cyclists are sometimes tempted to ride when carrying bulky objects. This can seriously affect their control and balance and even their vision. So be wary.

When you are going to turn left, and especially if you have to wait at the corner, look out for cyclists who may have moved up between you and the left-hand kerb ( or who may be using a cycleway or bus lane.)


When you are turning or waiting to enter the main road keep a special look-out for cycles, particularly as they are much less easy to see. Your view of a cyclist head-on is much narrower than your view of a car or lorry.



Child cyclists

Children on cycles, and others learning to ride, need plenty of room. Give them a wide berth when you are passing and always be ready in case they wobble or change direction suddenly.

Warning sign – cyclists on road ahead or junction with cycleway ahead

Warning sign – cyclists on road ahead or junction with cycleway ahead

Cycleways and cycle lanes


Cycleways and cycle lanes are indicated by traffic signs and road markings. You must not enter a cycleway or cycle lane.

Cycle routes may cross normal traffic lanes, particularly at junctions. Look out for cyclists entering the main roadway from a cycleway or cycle lane.( See pages 34 and 35 for more on the traffic signs and road markings that mark cycleways and cycle lanes.)

Motorcyclists and scooter riders

There are many situations in which a two-wheeled vehicle is less stable than other vehicles, so leave plenty of room, especially for riders on less powerful machines.

As with cyclists, be on the look-out for motor-cyclists who move up on your left when you are preparing or waiting to turn left.

Keep a special look-out at junctions for motor-cyclists. Motorcycles are much less easy to be seen than other vehicles, but may be going just as fast.