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  • You see a lot of riders riding close to the kerb to stay out of the way of traffic.

  • But by riding in the gutter you are more likely to encounter hazards, such as broken glass

  • or drain covers, and it may encourage motorists to try and squeeze past you when there potentially

  • might not be enough space. When riding on the road there are two positions to use.

  • Your default riding position is about a third of the way into the lane or approximately

  • inline with the nearside of a car. If you are intending to turn right ahead or need

  • to prevent cars from overtaking at any point you should take control of the lane, riding

  • where you can be easily seen. This gives motorists the message that you don't want to be overtaken

  • as it isn't safe. Ensure you look behind to check it's safe to move into this position.

  • On side roads if you are passing a side road on your left you should move out to take the lane.

  • This will increase your visibility to traffic joining the road from the junction.

  • Give you more room to manoeuvre and prevent impatient motorists behind from overtaking

  • and then sharply turning left in front of you. On busier roads, with multiple side roads

  • it might not be practical to take the lane for every junction. In this situation you

  • should glance behind you, make eye contact with the driver following and edge out slightly.

  • This should be enough to make yourself more visible to the driver behind you so they know

  • that you don't want to be overtaken. When passing parked cars the same principles apply

  • as passing side roads although you should keep yourself it least a door's width of space

  • or more if possible in case a door in opened. Take a look in the mirrors of the vehicle

  • to see if you can see a face or look for a light in the car to see if the driver could

  • be ready to open the door. If you're riding with others it's perfectly acceptable to ride

  • two abreast with the outside rider approximately in the centre of the lane. However on narrow

  • roads or if you are aware of a build up of traffic behind you should single out when

  • safe to do so to let them pass. Blind bends are another situation where singling out is

  • advised in case of oncoming traffic crossing the white lines in the middle of the road.

  • Observation, anticipation and negotiation should be your watch words when riding out

  • on the road. You should always know what's going on around you. Where possible making

  • eye contact with drivers and other road users. Looking well ahead. Anticipating what the

  • traffic ahead is going to do. Adapting your riding accordingly and negotiating when necessary

  • with the drivers around you should become second nature. This all helps contribute towards

  • a smart commute.

You see a lot of riders riding close to the kerb to stay out of the way of traffic.

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サイクリング時の正しい道路上でのポジションの取り方|通勤スマート (How to position yourself on the road correctly when cycling | Commute Smart)

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