Cyclists and motorcyclists have an equal right to use the road as other vehicles. Share the road with them and allow them plenty of room. Be courteous and take extra care when there are riders on the road.
An extract from the “Drive Safe” handbook for Western Australian road users.
Cyclists may legally use the whole lane on roads with lane markings. They are allowed to ride two abreast (side-by-side).
THREE THINGS A MOTORIST CAN DO TO AVOID A CYCLIST
- Be careful not to cut riders off when you are turning left. The motorcyclist in the attached diagram is in danger because the car turning left is cutting the rider off. DO NOT turn in front of cyclists or motorcyclists – wait for them to ride past.
- Take extra care when overtaking riders because they are much more likely to be injured in the event of a crash. Keep a safe distance from them and give them at least one metre clearance from the side of your vehicle when you are overtaking. It it is not possible to overtake with one metre clearance, slow down and do not overtake until it is safe to do so.
- Checking your blind spots for riders. You do not have all round vision from within your vehicle. There are blind spots at the sides and rear. Check your blind spots by glancing over your shoulder before you move left or right.