Single File Cyclists

I think it would make a big difference if cyclists when using open roads were only permitted to ride in single file. Most cyclists I come across seem to like to ride abreast of each other so as they can talk to each other.


Why the contribution is important

While I certainly don't wish to stereo-type cyclists it seems to me that many cyclists take great pleasure in riding abreast slowing the traffic down intentially either out of sheer ignorance or out of the misguided pre-conception that by slowing the traffic down they are contributing towards road safety.

Being stuck for miles behind a group of cyclists does not improve road safety it has the opposite effect, inpatient frustrated drivers take risks and make mistakes.

Ride in single file on open roads.

by mike4423 on April 14, 2018 at 12:34PM

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  • Posted by TarrooUshtey April 14, 2018 at 15:15

  • Posted by Rob76 April 16, 2018 at 12:21

    Totally agree with this. Whenever we are out for a bike ride, we always ride in single file.
  • Posted by seanbrennan April 18, 2018 at 18:10

    Completely agree as the general advice is to give a cyclist a car widths distance when overtaking, if cyclists are riding two, three or four abreast on Manx roads which are generally narrow, a safe overtaking manoeuvre is virtually impossible.
  • Posted by Topcat April 23, 2018 at 12:52

    agree with Sean above 110%!
  • Posted by WXMAN April 23, 2018 at 14:51

    This seems to make perfect sense, but in practice, riding in single file encourages impatient motorists to chance unsafe overtakes. And when something comes the other way? They turn in and kill the cyclists. It needs a bit of courtesy on both sides. Riders need to be considerate to waiting traffic, and drivers need to give cyclists room and pass clearly and slowly.
  • Posted by RobH April 24, 2018 at 21:09

    People cycling in groups isnt a problem for competent drivers. I drive 8-10,000 miles a year and i hardly come across this. Where are you going on the Island that you cant afford to wait a few seconds for a safe overtake. Adds weight to the discussion of adding cycle awareness to the driving test. Anecdotal evidence of what people think is dangerous has got us nowhere in 30 of ‘road safety’.
  • Posted by JulieSB April 25, 2018 at 07:16

    If cyclist ride close to the pavement some drivers just pass too close and too quickly because they can squeeze in the gap. Cyclist are better off riding two abreast but they should move over once a car has slowed down and allow them to pass when it is safe to do so.
  • Posted by Saoirseanbothar April 25, 2018 at 11:27

  • Posted by RobH April 30, 2018 at 09:16

    This idea demonstrates why we need cycle safety awareness in the driving test and Bikeability training for all school children. Both will give future drivers the understanding of how to pas cyclists whether in a group or single file.
    Competent drivers can deal with either situation by slowing down and waiting for a safe place to pass which you should have to do whether a cyclist is in a group or single file. This costs no more than a few seconds which in 9 times out of 10 would be negated by looking up the road and seeing more traffic, junction or traffic light.

    This should be filed under 1st world problems.
  • Posted by StephenR April 30, 2018 at 19:41

    The problem with riding single as highlighted in a previous comment is it encourages impatient drivers to pass on the same side of the road. I would certainly support recommendation that cycling groups are limited to maybe 4 riders maximum, not the 12/ 14 as are sometimes seen.
  • Posted by RSorby April 30, 2018 at 20:57

    Single file is dangerous and actually riding alone is also statistically more risky. StephenR you are not seriously suggesting that we have a limit on group sizes? What if my group of twelve ride in 3 fours or 6 pairs??? Stop thinking of ways to get past quicker that are proven to be a dangerous myths, and start to encourage people to ride bikes. Nobody would get angry at their mum, sister, brother, daughter etc... if they held them up 30 to 40 seconds. We treat people differently when behind the wheel. That is what needs sorting.
  • Posted by Becksy April 30, 2018 at 22:16

    Cyclists riding 2 abreast and chatting is perfectly acceptable. In the same way that your average car is designed with the passenger seat alongside the driver to allow a conversation. Overtaking 4 cyclists riding 2 abreast, for instance, is like overtaking a small car. If we can’t do this in a calm and safe manner, we shouldn’t be driving.
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