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Road Safety – Passing Cyclists and other Road Users

I was a very keen cyclist in my younger days. I also had a pony when I was in Primary School. So I have been at the sharp end of some very bad driving.

The question is, how much space should you give a cyclist? The highway code states “leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds” (

There is some good advise in this video:-

If you ask another question about horses – riders and horse drawn vehicles? The highway code states “pass horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles at speeds under 10 mph and allow at least 2 metres of space”. The important thing is that a vehicle passing quickly could scare the horse, resulting in it becoming unpredictable, which is dangerous for other traffic and the person controlling or riding the horse. Believe me, horses can be very fickle and unpredictable.

The video below shows how best to overtake a horse rider:-

Similarly for pedestrians – ” allow at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road (for example, where there is no pavement)”

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