Share the Road Blindzone Workshops for Cyclists
Who for: Commuters, recreational riders and sport cyclists
Time involved: 40 minutes
What it's about: Bike riders learn where drivers of heavy vehicles can and can't see you as you get close.
How you learn:
- Workshop by experienced facilitators (no riding on the road).
- Demonstration of a heavy vehicle’s features.
- Sit in the driver's seat and try to find vehicles and bikes in the blind zones.
- Learn how the rear wheels of truck and trailer units cut in when turning corners.
"All went away with a better understanding of each other's problems, and therefore able to appreciate the need for sharing the road in a considerate way. There should be more of these."
Cliff Kingston, Bay of Plenty
The big ideas
- Keep control of your bike and the situation.
- Ride to be seen and to be predictable.
- Choose safe routes.
- Driving behind a cyclist? Leave plenty of space.
- Cyclists ride further out from the kerb and parked cars because it's safer.
- When you pass a person on a bike, leave a buffer of space between you.