Why do cyclists ride in the middle of the road?

Many collisions can be prevented by riding in the centre of your lane: known as the “Primary Position”, and described in the Highway Code’s Rule 72.  This graphic shows how to avoid four common types of car-versus-bike collision: 

  1. Close Pass
  2. Left Hook
  3. Right Cross
  4. SMIDSY

All of these collisions are the motorists’ fault, and it’s the cyclist who’ll get hurt.  

A cyclist’s road position can help other motorists to see you, can improve your own sightlines, and can give you space to move into when things go wrong.

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