Cyclists are allowed to cycle two abreast!
Why do motorists get annoyed by cyclists two abreast?There are many reasons why motorists tend to get annoyed so here are a few that I know of:
- They think it's harder to overtake
- They think it's illegal
- They think it's dangerous in general
- They think it means cyclists are not paying attention to the road
So why do cyclists cycle two abreast?There are many reasons why cyclists choose to cycle two abreast so I'll give you the reasons that I know of.
It's Safer!Simply put, it's safer for cyclists to ride two abreast, it means that motorists usually have to overtake in a proper manner rather than overtaking in the same lane as the cyclists. If a group of cyclists are in single file, motorists will often assume they can overtake in places which are not safe and will not leave the cyclist enough room. Motorists should give cyclists the same amount of room they would give another car when overaking (please see the Overtaking Cyclists page for more details) which means they should be on the other side of the road and would have to wait until there are no oncoming cars. Being in two files usually forces this scenario but riding in single file can lead the motorist to think they can overtake on the same side of the road if there are oncoming cars thus not giving the cyclist the correct amount of space.
It allows motorists to overtake quicker!?!Riding two abreast also allows the motorist to overtake the group of cyclists quicker as there is less distance between the front and rear of the group (about half!!). This means that the motorist is past the group in less time, spending less time on the other side of the road and along side the group of cyclists and therefore safer all round.
For those that cannot understand this, here is an illustration: