Tell us: What are your thoughts on riding two abreast out on the roads?

As cycling campaigners call for the Highway Code to be updated and newspaper columnists are quick to respond, we want to know what you think 

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We want to know your thoughts on cyclists riding two abreast out on the roads. 

The topic has hit the headlines over the last week as British Cycling and charity Cycling UK are calling for changes to the Highway Code for anyone riding in a group and drivers trying to overtake. 

Under the Highway Code, riding two abreast is allowed but the guidance often leads to confusion as motorists believe cyclists should single out when drivers wish to overtake, which can fuel hostility between road users. 

As usual, the topic of road safety has resulted in the usual flurry of newspaper columnists filling their pages with headlines about “cyclists stamping their feet” and the “moral superiority” of cyclists.  

But we want to hear from Cycling Weekly readers to get your thoughts on riding two abreast.

The government is currently consulting the public on planned changes to the Highway Code aimed at improving road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, but campaigners fear the proposed new wording for the two abreast rule is still too confusing.   

Read more about the proposed changes here.

The current wording in the Highway Code under rule 66, says “you should never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends,” but British Cycling believes this should be the rule should be expanded. 

Do you ride two abreast when out with friends? How do you react when a car is waiting behind? Should drivers be more patient when travelling behind cyclists? Does the Highway Code need to be updated? 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.