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For the safety of all road users, here are some useful tips for both drivers and cyclists.
Drivers, leave room for cyclists at traffic lights
Drivers should not enter the Advanced Stop Line box when the light is red - this space is reserved for the safety of cyclists and you may be liable for a £60 fixed penalty and three points on your licence. For more information on the Advanced Stop Line please click here (PDF 547KB)
Cyclists, always stop at red lights
Don't ride through red traffic lights, as you may be fined £30.
Cyclists, ride central on narrow roads.
As a cyclist, you should always ride away from the gutter. If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it may be safer to ride towards the middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking by other vehicles.
Drivers, give cyclists room to ride
Keep a safe distance from cyclists and don't attempt to overtake when there is not enough space to do so.
Cyclists, ride a door's width from parked cars
Ride in a straight line past parked cars rather than dodge between them. Allow at least a full door's width between you and the vehicle in case a door opens suddenly.
Drivers, look out when getting out
Make sure you check to see if there is anything coming before opening your car door.
Cyclists, stay back
Stay safe by staying back behind lorries and other large vehicles as they may not be able to see you clearly.
Drivers, look out for cyclists
HGV drivers should always be aware of cyclists and double check before turning.
Drivers, look out for cyclists at junctions
Be aware of cyclists when approaching junctions.
Some more tips for safer cycling
- Pay attention to what's going on around you and what other road users might do
- Make eye contact with drivers so you are sure they have seen you
- Wear bright clothing in the day and reflective clothing or accessories at night
- Use lights after dark - white at the front and red at the rear. You may be fined £30 if you don't have them
- Use appropriate hand signals when making a left or right turn
- Consider wearing a helmet
- Free or subsidised cycle training, including commuter skills, is available for adults and children in most London boroughs