There has always been a debate about "rules" to follow among road users. It's quite understandable - it's constructed differently in every country. However, there are general rules that everyone should follow, in our opinion. Here they are:
Riding two abreast
Many people are unaware of the rule. While noting that riding in pairs can "boost cyclists' visibility and reduce their risk of being involved in a crash".
Riders need to be within 1.5 meters of each other, and there are times when cyclists should move into single file when it's safe and practicable, to allow any following vehicles to pass. On the other hand, a bunch of riders is more compact and therefore often easier to overtake.
Passing on the left
Bicycles can pass to the left of a vehicle unless it is "turning left and is giving a left change of direction signal. Getting to the front of an intersection also means "there's less chance of getting 'left hooked' by a car.
Keeping to the left
Bike riders "on a road (except a multi-lane road) must drive as near as practicable to the far left side of the road" – but this road rule applies to motor vehicles, too.
The edge of a road can contain uneven surfaces and drain grates, there is the risk of being "doored" if you pass too close to parked cars, and pinch points have to be carefully anticipated.
A rider must use a bike lane where provided, "unless it is impracticable". But the definition of an official bike lane is specific, and there are fewer of them than people might think. Paths shared with pedestrians and many of those painted white lines next to parked cars don't fit the criteria – and cyclists might avoid both for various reasons, such as if they are traveling too fast to share space with walkers, or want to reduce the risk of being "doored".
Care and consideration
Ultimately, however, safer roads can rely on the care and consideration people give each other. People can do things for reasons that aren't obvious, they can make mistakes and get things wrong, they can also be inconsiderate or aggressive. It may be easier said than done, but it's just not worth getting angry about any of it.
There you go!! Follow these simple rules to put road mishaps (especially for us, cyclists) at a minimum... Or perhaps at zero! Stay tuned for next week's article, folks!