Be Aware & Share
If you drive in the West Midlands be prepared to share the road space with more cyclists and pedestrians.
There’s been a big increase in the number of people cycling and walking in recent months. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have been working with Department for Transport (DfT) and local authorities to make changes to local roads to keep everyone safe.
If you're driving you need to pay more attention, especially at busy junctions, when turning near or overtaking cyclists. It’s easy to forget (especially if you don’t cycle) that a cyclist doesn't have the same protection you have in a vehicle and that even relatively minor contact can seriously injure them.
To keep everyone safe, if you're passing a cyclist or a pedestrian when you drive, give at least 1.5 metres. Please be patient and only overtake if it is safe to do so with no oncoming traffic and the safe space to do so. Shaving a few seconds off your journey is not more important than risking injury or death on the roads. Follow our advice below to be aware and share your journey safely.
Advice for drivers:
- When driving, you should expect more cyclists than usual, especially at peak times of day.
- Look out for cyclists. Make eye contact where possible to show you have seen them. Use your indicators to signal intentions and look out for their signals.
- Give cyclists plenty of space when overtaking them
- Always check for cyclists when opening your car door, pulling out at a junction, or when doing a manoeuvre.
- Allow other road users to maintain social distance, where possible. For example, give cyclists space at traffic lights.
Advice for cyclists
- Ride decisively and keep clear of the kerb.
- Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do, make eye contact where possible.
- Avoid riding up the inside of vehicles, as you might not be seen. If a vehicle is indicating to the left hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision.
- Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor. Wear high-visibility and reflective clothing and accessories at all times
- Where possible, try to maintain social distancing when you cycle, for example when waiting at crossings and traffic lights.
DfT are seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority and establish safer overtaking.
Free Resources for drivers
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) offer a host of free resources for drivers to provide advice and guidance on how you can travel safely.
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Interested in starting to roll or stroll yourself? We’ve got all you may need to help you get started. Find out more and see all the improvement happening across the region.