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Safety advice for cyclists

The RSA have developed handy videos for cyclists and other road users

Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news

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As part of National Bike Week which is taking place this week, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has unveiled a series of online videos aimed at promoting awareness and safety among cyclists and other road-users.

Using new technology to give viewers a 360 degree look at dangerous driving from a cyclist’s point of view, the videos allow the users to ‘look around’ and experience the dangers for themselves.

The videos focus on the high risk behaviours that put vulnerable cyclists in danger, such as drivers not allowing enough space when overtaking, opening a car door without checking, or making a left turn when a cyclist is approaching.

As the viewer changes their viewpoint, they can look at the action from another angle, see the dangers and risks of dangerous driving behaviour, and experience the shock that comes with them.

The first video, ‘1.5 Metre Gap’ demonstrates how drivers should allow at least 1.5m clearance when overtaking a cyclist.


The second video, ‘Turning Left’, highlights the need for drivers to check that there are no cyclists approaching before making a left-hand turn.


The third video, ‘Opening Car Doors’, demonstrates how important it is for drivers to check that there are no oncoming cyclists before opening the door of their car. Failure to do this could knock a cyclist off their bike or cause them to veer into the path of oncoming traffic in order to avoid hitting the driver or car door.

For more tips and advice on how to cycle safely, visit the RSA.

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Published June 17th2016
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