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Sharing the Road – Cyclists and Motorists

Ballymena motorists often share the roads with cyclists. Whether it is a cycle club or a single cyclist it sometimes is difficult to share the road. We love this DOE Road Safety advertisement which shows that both cyclists and motorist need to be cautious on our roads.

Travelwise Northern Ireland have these reminders for cyclists who share the roads with cars and lorries.

  • wear an approved helmet and light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you
  • do not pass between the kerb and a bus when it is at a stop
  • on roadways or cycle paths take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room
  • take care near road junctions; other road users might not notice you
  • it is illegal to cycle on a footway or footpath, unless on a cycle track where one has been provided
  • always ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends
  • give a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do
  • look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, pot-holes, parked vehicles and traffic calming features, so that you do not have to swerve
  • suddenly to avoid them
  • leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened or pedestrians stepping into your path
  • ride positively and decisively and remember you are part of the traffic

Whether you in a car or on a bike it is really important to be responsible, and look out for each other. Lets make sure no one feels unsafe on our Ballymena roads.