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Why cyclists should give a metre to parked cars

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Submitted by: Dan E

I believe you should never ride a bicycle close to parked cars, even when imagery on roads suggest otherwise.  Car drivers and passengers can open doors without checking and hit cyclists or push them into traffic. There is no legal requirement for cyclists to keep a specific distance away from a parked vehicle when riding past but the Centre for Road Safety does advise that bicycle riders should always take care when riding past parked vehicles to leave sufficient room to avoid a collision. We need to eliminate this confusion so that we can have a happy, safe and efficient integrated transport system for all – cars, pedestrians, public transport and cyclists.

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09 Apr 2017 12:15 PM

If cyclists were to keep 1metre from the parked cars they would then be in the main traffic lanes. If you must have cyclists on the road you shouldn't have cars parked. One or the other, our roads are simply not wide enough to cater for motor vehicles, cyclists and parked cars with allowances for 1 metre between them