Making roads safe for cycling
The lack of safety of riding a bike in traffic is the main reason given by most people in developed countries for not wanted to ride a bike. Improving the behaviour of road users will protect riders whether they are athletes in training, children cycling to school, or recreational riders.
Minimum passing distance
Close overtaking by drivers is unsafe and can undermine confidence in cyclists’ safety. Several places have adopted minimum passing distance laws, including France, the Netherlands, and parts of the US. Australian cycling campaigners are pushing for wider passing distances.
Learning to drive should include a section devoted to cycle safety. Preferably, all drivers should have experience on a bike before taking to four wheels.
Restricting the most dangerous vehicles
In cities some of the greatest risks to cyclists come from large vehicles. Cities are beginning to find ways of managing large vehicle movements to keep conflict to a minimum, through driver training, better infrastructure and restrictions on access, such as proposed in Paris and as operates in Dublin.