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How much space to vehicles provide when passing cyclists? The impact of vehicle type and road infrastructure

Beck, B, Chong, D., Cameron, P, Johnson, M

Cycling and Passing Distances Cycling Bicyclists

ARSC conference 2018

To reduce cyclist crashes and related injury, and improve the infrastructure provided to cyclists, there is a need to greater understand the distance vehicles provide when passing cyclists. To address this, we conducted an on-road observational study using a purpose-built device mounted on participants’ bicycles. Sixty-three participants recorded 18,246 passing events, of which 6% were closer than one metre. Compared to roads with no marked bicycle lane and no parked cars, passing events in which the cyclist was riding in a marked bicycle lane next to parked cars resulted in passing distances that were 0.41m closer.