Updated 06 March 2014

Mind your road manners

Bicycles are an integral part of the sustainable urban landscape, but keeping them on the roads requires good attitudes from cyclists and motorists alike.

The bicycle is the most energy-efficient mode of transport, especially when it comes to short-distance urban commutes. It deserves pride of place in any sustainable city plan.

But motorist-cyclist relations are often hostile, which doesn’t help the commuter cycling cause. We won't get more people swopping their cars for bikes if they feel unsafe and marginalised on the roads.

The lead-up to the Argus Cycle Tour this week is a good time for both drivers and cyclists to resolve to improve their road behaviour:  cyclists must respect traffic rules if they want to be considered part of the traffic; drivers must respect that bicycles have every right to be on the road, and always keep in mind the threat cars pose to vulnerable road users.

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Don't stop cycling after the Argus
King of the Road

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