This video by Carlton Reid shows how motorists should overtake cyclists, with British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman presenting

A cursory search on YouTube will throw up hundreds of videos of motorists performing dangerous overtakes of cyclists. Now the Bicycle Association and British Cycling have teamed up with this video of how to pass riders safely.

Presented by BC’s policy advisor Chris Boardman, the video explains just what you need to do to overtake cyclists without impeding on their ride or putting them in unnecessary danger.

“Giving cyclists plenty of room isn’t just common courtesy, it’s in the highway code,” Boardman explains in the video, created by BikeBiz editor Carlton Reid.

With the help of driving instructor Blaine Walsh, the video explains the highway code’s stance on the issue, stating that road users should give cyclists the same space as you would a car.

Walsh then demonstrates the safe way to pass: not initiating the overtake on a bend where you can’t see what is coming, then when it is safe to pass, you should indicate and pull out onto the other side of the road to pass the riders.

  • Ben

    It’s apparently illegal in Denmark. It’s a cyclist friendly country but they have rules for cyclists, such as this one, to avoid motorists becoming frustrated and to encourage the spirit of sharing the road cooperatively.

  • Ben

    Damn cyclists. At the very start of the video they all appear to be running a red light.

    In all seriousness though, if a correct overtake is going to be demonstrated as it should be done on a public road, it should be done absolutely correctly. That means not overtaking at a junction and on the blind brow of a hill. Why fuss about bends and double white lines and pedantically indicate to pull back in, which isn’t strictly necessary when overtaking on a single carriageway road, but then ignore other obvious hazards? People who need these things demonstrated need everything spelling out, otherwise they’ll think it’s fine to overtake at a junction and on the brow of a hill because they’ve seen it in this video.

  • Henk

    The only problem which nobody addresses is the fact that riding two abreast on narrow roads means that a car cannot always safely pass allowing enough room i.e. a car space in between. It might not be illegal but it is mostly a stupid practice and causes frustration to motorist who then execute dangerous manoeuvres. In London (or other cities/ in town areas) it should be illegal. My cycling buddies and I try to to stick to single file in these environments as we want to stay alive, saying it is not illegal might encourage those with a chip on their shoulders to stick it to motorists and cause ill feeling / hatred to other innocent cyclists. Would have thought sensible safe cycling should be the message rather than what is ‘legal’ – ‘legal’ does not mean it is right or the best!!

  • Josh Tambini

    Childish, I know, but: whatever.

  • RC

    Josh you shouldn’t edit a comment after it has been replied to as it can makes the reply sound confused.

    Where have I said that I think the number of deaths/injuries is the same in these 2 situations. I can not find any detailed breakdown of the statistics between them but as overtaking is probably the more common event then the number of collisions will be higher.
    Each individual collision is as important as every other one to the people involved and the result will be similar. Surely it is important that common sense and the best precautions are taken at all times by both drivers and cyclists.
    If one collision can be avoided that is one less death or injury.

  • Josh Tambini

    I edited my previous thing for you

  • RC

    Josh I am confused by your reply. Surely if a cyclist has an accident with a motor vehicle in either of the 2 situations a similar amount of damage (i.e. death, injury) would probably occur.

  • RC

    John I realise the video is about encouraging motorists to pass cyclists safely and I arrived on this cycling website by following a link
    The reason I commented on the article was that it said it was hoped that the video could be shown on TV and I hoped that maybe Chris Boardman would read it and make a video showing how to be a safe cyclist at night.
    Take care and have many happy and safe years of cycling.

  • RC

    Hi Mike. Thank you for clarifying that. As you say it is frustrating to see both cyclists and motorists ignoring common sense.

  • Mike Brown

    Just for clarity, Rule 59 is a ‘should’ not a ‘must’. I wholly agree that cyclists should wear appropriate clothing, and as both a cyclist and motorist it frustrates me to see those ignoring common sense, but the Highway Code doesn’t enforce what clothing must be worn by cyclists.

  • Josh Tambini

    So you think breach of those three rules causes a similar amount of damage (i.e. death, injury) as is caused by motor vehicles dangerously overtaking cyclists. I disagree.

  • John Westwell

    RC, I don’t disagree about the points you raised – riding on pavements is a particular bugbear, although it doesn’t help that many local authorities tacitly encourage this by putting cycle lanes on pavements. As for the lights, there is no reason for police not to enforce the law.

    However, the article you are commenting on is about encouraging motorists to pass cyclists without putting their safety at risk. It sounds as though you do that, but a small minority don’t – there was a clip on this website recently which showed a four wheel drive vehicle passing a cyclist at speed forcing an oncoming car to make an emergency stop to prevent an accident.

    As for getting penalty points for passing through a red light, I see cars doing this every day at a set of lights on my way to work – at least two cars go through on each rotation at busy times, often more, and I suspect they aren’t being penalised.

  • RC

    No it is not meant to be funny. I have had a number of near misses at night with young cyclists dressed all in black, with no lights shooting across the road without apparently checking for traffic.

  • RC

    John I totally agree with your comments about poor driving but there are also poor cyclists that do not know the parts of the Highway Code that covers cycling.
    If I was caught going through a red light I would at the minimum get points on my license and a fine and if I had a broken light I would be stopped by the police. This does not happen with cyclists.
    I always try to be courteous to cyclists giving them as much room as possible when overtaking. However I have had a number of near misses at night with young cyclists dressed all in black, with no lights shooting across the road in front of me without apparently checking for traffic.

  • David Wornham

    Just a shame he calls a lane a carriageway!

  • Josh Tambini

    Is that supposed to be funny?

  • John Westwell

    If we also get a video to be shown on tv motorists advising them:

    not to exceed speed limits;
    not to jump through red lights;
    not to overtake on blind bends/rises or where there are double white lines;
    not to undertake on motorways and dual carriageways;
    not to use fog lights unless it’s foggy;
    to always have a complete set or working lights (sidelights, headlights, rear lights and brake lights);
    not to use mobile phones when driving;
    not to turn round to talk to their children in the rear seat while driving;
    not to drive on pavements…

    I could go on. But how about not killing nearly 3,000 people a year, and injuring many more thousands?

  • RC

    So will we also get a video to be shown on TV for cyclists regarding the Highway Code particularly:-
    Rule 59 Wearing appropriate clothing.
    Rule 60 Showing front and rear lights at night.
    Rule 64 Not riding on pavements.

  • RobTM

    Nice! I thought Blaine came over very well

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Kudos, too, to the Sainsbury driver at the end performing a safe overtake

  • Blaine said he see could the road was clear – it helped that it was a private road circuit i.e. nothing was ever going to be coming.

    Also – at one point he says he’s not going to overtake while he’s driving by two solid white lines. That’s my fault. I added the audio at that point in the film – Blaine did that audio off-camera, not while driving.

  • We’re working on that. However, the DfT bods we need to talk to are currently on holiday.

  • Video is being sent to all driving instructors via the Driving Standards Agency.

  • Brian Jordan

    Is it not wrong to overtake anything coming to the brow of a hill, i would think a master driving instuctor would know that.

  • Isabel

    Excellent video. If this could be shown a couple of times on TV at prime time it really could save lives and make cycling a better experience.

  • RobTM

    If this is aimed at motorists, wouldn’t Jeremy Clarkson or Jackie Stewart be more effective? I just can’t see the kind of driver, shown doing the close passes, listening beyond “dynamic envelope”.