Many of you will have seen or, at least, heard about the Channel 5 documentary entitled 'Cyclists: Scourge of the Streets?' It may not have been the most factually-based documentary there's ever been but it did highlight the sometimes fractious relationship between various road users but principally cyclists and drivers.
Of course, none of us go out looking for an accident and we'd all like to think we're considerate road users, but it's never a bad thing to remind ourselves of both legal requirements and best practice when it comes to road use (let's face it, The Highway Code isn't something you reread on a monthly basis).
Luckily there are fantastic organisations out there who put together useful information and guidance that highlights the key points in an easily digestible way. Rospa has produced this booklet called Sharing the Road Together. It's a fairly compact 10 pages so won't take longer than a mug of tea to read.
It's particularly useful for its inclusion of the viewpoint from both sides ie what drivers want cyclists to think about, and what cyclists want drivers to be aware of. It also gives a quick rundown of points where accidents are more likely to happen such as when turning left, junctions and roundabouts, and when over-taking.
Spend your coffee break taking a quick read of this handy document; it might just give you one or two points to think about on your journey home.
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