Nov 02, 2015

Being a cyclist, I know plenty of other cyclists, and every one of them also drives a car.

Like most people driving on our roads, we too get a little nervous about negotiating our cars safely around those engaging pedal power to get from Point A to Point B.

The major benefit we have over non-cyclists is that when sharing the roads with people on bikes, we instinctively think like the person or people on the bikes so we can better anticipate their moves, and have a greater sense of the anxiety that can come with riding at close quarters with motor vehicles - this in turn affects our driving behaviour around cyclists.

But you don’t need to be a cyclist to recognise a few fundamental things that influence rider behaviour –

When approaching a cyclist, being mindful of these potential dangers all of which can suddenly put them into the path of a driver, can help influence driver behaviour particularly as it relates passing them with adequate space and caution.

Being the most visible passenger vehicles on the road, taxis can set a positive example for the other road users about the need to be, at times patient, and at all times cautious around cyclists.

Cyclists are tribal, and word spreads quickly amongst them. Taxi drivers being considerate of them will ensure good favour amongst the cycling community. 

In today’s connected and interactive society, few things are more important that goodwill.

 Andrew Gooding, President of Melbourne Cycling League, Founder & Director of Echelon Services and CEO of Professionals Global Finance