Cycling safety

Drivers and cyclists (and many of us are both), follow our safety tips and stay safe on Hampshire roads.

When you're driving


Look out for cyclists, especially at junctions - make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them.

Junction safety


Give cyclists space when overtaking them, leaving at least 1.5 metres between the cyclist and your vehicle. If there isn’t enough space to pass, hold back. Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly, for example if it’s windy or if a car door is opened.

overtaking safety


Always check for cyclists when you open your car door.

door opening safety

When you're cycling


Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb. When approaching a junction, roundabout or potential hazard, check carefully and move into the middle of the lane to make yourself visible to other road users.

junction safety


Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do, and make eye contact where possible to gauge whether or not you’ve been seen - particularly at junctions.

overtaking safety


Ride a door’s width from parked cars in case the door opens suddenly.

door opening safety


Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights. At night you must have front and rear lights. Flashing lights are permitted.

For more information

This blog post from Cycling UK’s cycle instructor Julie Rand explains some of these tips in more detail.

For more information about cycling in Hampshire, and to plan a journey, visit
My Journey Hampshire.

See also

Temporary changes across the county to provide more road space for people walking and cycling, Government advice on safer travel during the coronavirus outbreak and advice from Bikeability for cycling during the coronavirus.